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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research Dissertation
Module Code HD529
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aisling Fleming
Semester 2: Aisling Fleming
Autumn: Aisling Fleming
Module TeachersAisling Fleming
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides the opportunity for students to engage in depth with an issue of professional and intellectual interest with respect to the field of guidance and counselling. Students, as a result of engaging in research under supervision, will have an opportunity to demonstrate how research contributes to the development of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

1. Conduct a literature review pertinent to their chosen topic.
2. Select an appropiate methodolgy for the dissertation
3. Collect data by using appropiate research methods
4. Carry out an analysis of collated data and present the findings
5. Establish conclusions and make possible recommendations arising from the research project.
6. Account for the ethical considerations and implications in carrying out research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Seminars6No Description
Independent Study30No Description
Lecture20No Description
Directed learning150No Description
Independent Study550No Description
Total Workload: 768

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


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationPresent the research findings100%
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

  • •Schutt, Russell K.,: 0, (2006) Investigating the Social World: The process and practice of research. California: Sage.,
  • •Denscombe, Martyn: 0, (1999,2003,2007) The Good Research Guide. Buckingham: Open University Press.,
  • Creswell, John W: 0, (2003) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. California: Sage.,
  • Punch, Keith F.: 0, (2005) Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. 2nd ed. London: SAGE,
  • Bell, Judith: 0, (1987, 1993, 2005) Doing your research project. Maidenhead: Open University Press.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSGCMSc in Guidance Counselling

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