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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Project 2
Module Code ES327
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jane O'Kelly
Semester 2: Jane O'Kelly
Autumn: Jane O'Kelly
Module TeachersJustin Rami
Jane O'Kelly
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module aims to enable students to introduce and implement a research project within their field of professional practice. The focus of this research will have been determined in Module ES324. It will support students in identifying and conducting research within their fields of education/training and also provide students with experience in designing and implementing research methodologies. The module will allow students to link theory to practical application, to develop research skills and facilitate reflective professional practice in an education and/or training context.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the role and function of research methodologies relevant to the student's research project.
2. Be familiar with the key documents relating to Further Education and Training in the areas of literacy, numeracy, White Paper on Further Education, SESS directives, Traveller Education
3. Apply key concepts, theories and techniques related to the use of research tools necessary for a research project.
4. Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative data collection tools in terms of their relevance to their own research project
5. Implement a research project within an education and/or training workplace context.
6. Initiate and evaluate the benefits of experiential learning in the workplace through the research theory and practice.
7. Demonstrate the ability to write a research report using academic conventions, skills and techniques.
8. Critically evaluate the benefits of experiential learning together with the benefits of conducting academic research in a work-based practice
9. Summarise and evaluate the benefits of personal reflection related to the theoretical and practical applications of implementing a research project in a work-based practice
10. Evaluate the key findings in relation to most recent research in the areas of education and training in Ireland the the EU

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture45No Description
Assignment Completion125No Description
Group work75No Description
Independent Study100No Description
Tutorial30No Description
Total Workload: 375

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

The theoretical underpinnings of experiential, work-based learning

Key issues in relation to research/experiential learning

Conducting research within the workplace

The role of the training/education practitioner as both provider and change agent within their own context

The nature of reflective experiential learning/research in one's workplace

The development of strategies to facilitate reflective experiential learning in the workplace

The design of tools to facilitate reflective experiential learning

The implementation of prototype methodologies and tools to facilitate reflective experiential learning

Writing a research report

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Zina O'Leary,: 0, The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Project, ISBN: 978-1-84860-010-2
  • Judith Bell: 2010, Doing your research project, Open University Press / McGraw Hill, Maidenhead, ISBN: 978-0335235827
  • Gina Wisker: 2009, The undergraduate research handbook, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke,
  • Jennifer Mason: 0, Qualitative researching, 0 7619 7428 8
  • Uwe Flick,: 0, An Introduction to Qualitative Research, 978-1-84787-323-1
  • David Silverman: 0, Doing qualitative research, ISBN: 1412901979
  • Chris Hart: 1998, Doing a literature review, SAGE, London, 0 7619 5974 2
Other Resources

10826, website, 0, http://www.sess.ie/documents-and-publications/otherdes, 10827, website, 0, http://www.education.ie/en/, 10828, website, 0, http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/lit_num_strategy_full.pdf, 10829, website, 0, http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/traveller_ed_strat.pdf, 10830, website, 0, http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/fe_aduled_wp.pdf,
Programme or List of Programmes
ETBSc in Education & Training
ETFBSc Education & Training (FACE)
Date of Last Revision09-MAY-11

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