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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Masters Research Project
Module Code PS516
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Swift
Semester 2: Paul Swift
Autumn: Paul Swift
Module TeachersPaul Swift
Samantha Fahy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Develop the research skills needed to evaluate, improve or characterise an aspect of an industrial plasma application. Help the students adopt a numerate, problem solving approach to application development, process evaluation and quality control. Provide guidance in the basic methodology of scientific research and in summarising, elaborating and explaining research results. Improve report writing and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a logical approach to experimental design.
2. Design an experiment using information sources of technical merit.
3. Evaluate critically experimental results.
4. Present a project report of scientific quality.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study7No Description
Total Workload: 7

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

Information Searching
Information sources, critical appreciation of the quality, authority and validity of various sources. Libraries, journals and internet sources.Research Methodology: Project definition and aims. Writing project proposals. Data collection and analysis. Evaluating results. Reproducibility and errors. Modelling.Organising Information and Data: Comparing information from various sources, examining validity of comparisons. Providing logical structure. Summarising and explaining concepts and data. Identifying areas of inadequate or incomplete knowledge and understanding.Presentation: Report writing, organisation, style and quality. Document preparation. Presentation of quantitative information. Technical drawings and diagrams. Copyright, quoting and referencing sources.Note: The specific research area for each individual project will be agreed upon by the student and two academic advisors. Specific research and evaluation criteria may apply in the individual projects.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Project report100%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
    GPVGDip in Plasma & Vacuum Technology
    Date of Last Revision29-JAN-09

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