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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title MSHC Project/Dissertation
Module Code CM538
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Padraig Murphy
Semester 2: Padraig Murphy
Autumn: Padraig Murphy
Module TeachersPadraig Murphy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 25
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students engage in an extensive examination of a topic in science communication, or produce a large-scale piece of creative or journalist work on science-based topics. The academic dissertation and the media production project both represent a substantial piece of independent work by students.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate their proven ability to undertake a major piece of independent academic or media production work
2. engage with detailed arguments and present illuminating insights in writing and orally on the topic of their project / dissertation
3. present a detailed written proposal and oral presentation of a selected topic for research or for media production
4. analyse critically the structure and content of published academic works and media production projects
5. integrate feedback and critiques from supervisors and peers into research and media production designs

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars20student presentations and discussion on project / dissertation topics
Independent Study300self-directed research on selected topic
Tutorial10direction by and discussion with supervisor
Assignment Completion295preparation and submission of final project / dissertation
Total Workload: 625

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Project / Dissertation seminars

Individual supervision

Independent study and project / dissertation production

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Project15,000-word academic dissertation or major media product100%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MSHCMSc in Science and Health Communication
    Date of Last Revision09-MAY-11

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