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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Methodologies
Module Code LC521
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sheila Castilho
Semester 2: Sheila Castilho
Autumn: Sheila Castilho
Module TeachersSheila Castilho
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Reassessment will involve the resubmission of the assessment at the appropriate time for resits.

The aim of this module is to instill in students a knowledge of the research methods that are commonly used in translation studies. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be introduced and explained. Students will be expected to make use of what they learn in this module for all assessments and, in particular, for writing a dissertation proposal and, subsequently, for designing their dissertation research. Attention is also given to library information skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Locate and evaluate the relevance of scholarly works on research topics in Translation Studies.
2. Identify and critically evaluate the most appropriate methods for investigating different research questions.
3. Be able to write a critical review of research methods for post-graduate level research in Translation Studies.
4. Evaluate information sources and utilise advanced features of library databases.
5. Attain awareness of academic writing requirements at post-graduate level
6. Understand the fundamentals of research ethics and integrity

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12One lecture per week
Independent Study88Reading recommended books and articles; engaging in offline tasks and content
Assignment Completion25Working on assignment
Total Workload: 125

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

Introduction to Research Methodologies in Translation Studies

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Research Ethics

Library Information Skills

Academic Writing Skills

Citing and Referencing

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Locate and propose relevant articles for inclusion in second assignment; justify their selection; provide a full academic citation20%Week 3
AssignmentCreate a critical comparison and analysis of research methods deployed in selected scholarly articles.70%Week 12
ParticipationEnage in tasks and reflections set during semester.10%n/a
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

  • J. Williams and A. Chesterman: 2002, The map: A beginner s guide to doing research in translation studies, St. Jerome, Manchester,
  • D. Silverman: 2001, Interpreting Qualitative Data: Methods for analysing talk, text and interaction, Sage, London,
  • S. Rasinger: 2008, Quantitative Research in Linguistics: an introduction, Continuum, London, New York,
  • Veit, Richard: 2004, Research: The Student's Guide to Writing Research Papers, 4th, Pearson Education, 0-321-19834-4
  • McMillan, Kathleen & Jonathan Weyers: 2007, How to write Essays and Assignments, Pearson-Prentice-Hall, 978-0-273-71357-9
  • L. Truss: 2003, Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The zero tolerance guide to punctuation,
  • Gabriela Saldanha and Sharon O'Brien: 2014, Research methodologies in translation studies, Routledge, 9781909485006
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GTEGraduate Training Elements (Non Award)
MTSMaster of Arts in Translation Studies
MTTMSc in Translation Technology
Date of Last Revision16-DEC-11

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