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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Paper in Religious Studies
Module Code TP405
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Peter Admirand
Semester 2: Peter Admirand
Autumn: Peter Admirand
Module TeachersPeter Admirand
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module gives fourth year students (with at least a 2.1 in Religious Studies) in their first semester the opportunity to undertake a sustained research project over a substantial period. It offers the students the possibility of exploring in greater depth a topic or issue related to the Leaving Certificate Religious Syllabus. The students are required to have completed and submitted a six-thousand word essay by the end of the teaching term in the first semester of their fourth year.

Learning Outcomes

1. Undertake sustained independent research on a particular topic.
2. Locate and evaluate information from a variety of sources, and identify the sources used appropriately.
3. Examine texts and issues critically.
4. Synthesise the findings of his/her research in collaboration with a moderator.
5. Write an undergraduate thesis (6000 words), and thus contribute to the student's own academic formation and the learning of others.
6. Offer an informed perspective on the topic of his/her research paper.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study125Student writes a 6,000 word research paper on an approved topic in Theology/Religious Studies while supervised by a member of Staff.
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ProjectResearch paper of not less than 6,000 words100%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

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