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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code MT5801
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gavin Brown
Semester 2: Gavin Brown
Autumn: Gavin Brown
Module TeachersCaroline McMullan
Gavin Brown
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the processes involved in researching, planning, and executing a Masters-level dissertation in the area of Emergency Management
2. Consider a variety of methodological options and apply the most appropriate approach to emergency management and for the topic being researched
3. Demonstrate independent and critical thinking and analysis by synthesising the diversity of knowledge, understanding, and skills developed in the taught elements of the emergency management programme
4. Plan and produce a substantial and coherent piece of individual academic research with a persuasive and coherent argument that responds to the research question
5. Write a dissertation that fully adheres to the highest research ethical standards of Dublin City University and Business School

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture56Lectures covering methodology, data collection, data analysis
Tutorial16Data analysis
Fieldwork666Conducting Research & Drafting Dissertation
Total Workload: 738

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 dissertation should reflect a sound grasp of the theoretical principles affecting an area of emergency management and include an awareness of research by leading academics who have contributed to the present state of knowledge and of their real-world application. The topic of the dissertation will typically relate to the application of these theoretical principles to an analysis of emergency management related issues in the student's work or industry environment. It should demonstrate a sound understanding of concepts and techniques gained from the programme course work. The student should show a capacity for original thought and for logical argument, as well as analytical and problem-solving skills and an ability to report conclusions clearly. The dissertation should not normally exceed 20,000 words.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Thesisn/a100%As required
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

  • Phillips, B.D.: 2014, Qualitative Disaster Research (Understanding Qualitative Research), Oxford University Press, 0199796173
  • Thomas, G.: 2013, How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students, 2nd, Sage, 1446258874
  • Stallings, R.A.: 2003, Methods of Disaster Research, Xlibris, 1401079709
  • Bryman, A.: 2015, Social research methods, 5th, Oxford University Press, 0199689458
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A.: 2019, Research methods for business students, 8th, Pearson education, 1292208783
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MSEMMSc in Emergency Management

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