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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Research Module
Module Code TP500
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Alan Kearns
Semester 2: Alan Kearns
Autumn: Alan Kearns
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The Research Module provides an introduction to writing essay assignments, major papers and a dissertation at Taught MA level. It seeks to provide all necessary information, practical assistance and technical skills to students for the successful completion of the relevant assignments. The minor thesis provides course participants with the opportunity to demonstrate an active and creative interaction between theory and practice in their particular discipline (when examining a particular issue - whether a general public concern or relevant to their respective profession). It also gives them the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence in the area of ethical analysis, decision-making and application. An ethics thesis should address the following: 1. normative ethics OR 2. Meta-ethical question OR 3. Key ethical text or thinker OR 4. Applied/practical ethics. The thesis normally includes a descriptive outline of an ethical issue (or empirically-based) and an examination of the same from a normative perspective.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and skills in research and writing, in conducting research and managing and completing written assignments and a minor thesis;
2. Demonstrate in a minor thesis a systematic understanding and analysis of a chosen issue or question informed by reliable and valid sources that are at the forefront of their academic field;
3. Display a critical awareness of a contemporary public and/or professional ethical concern together with new ethical insights developed, argued and advanced;
4. Formulate a research question; select from a range of research methodologies that facilitate a theoretical and/or an applied approach to a relevant issue;
5. Apply a research methodology appropriate to investigating the research question and to give evidence of a sustained analysis, critical engagement and appropriate academic register in a minor thesis;
6. Apply and appraise various frameworks for dealing with a particular theoretical or practical issue;

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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

TP500: Research Saturday 1: Academic Writing at Level 9
A) The Art of Academic Writing B) Minor Thesis Process C0 Research Ethics

TP500: Research Saturday 1: Thesis Methodology
Philosophical and Ethical Research Methodologies

Minor Thesis Seminar

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class TestThe word limit for the thesis is 15,000 words (excl. bibliography). The thesis submission timeline can be found on the PG Calendar of Key Dates. Students should also consult the Guidelines for Supervisors and Students concerning a Minor Research Thesis within the Institute's Taught Masters' Programmes on My MDI.100%See Calendar
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

  • Haffner, Paul: 1996, A Methodology for Term Papers and Theses, Gracewing, Leominster, 0 85244 381 1
  • Fowler, Alisdair: 2007, How to Write, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Lee, Anne: 2011, Successful Research Supervision: Advising Students Doing Research, Routledge, London, 978-0-415-66353-3
  • Manser, Martin & Curtis, Stephen: 2002, The Penguin Writer's Manual, Penguin, London,
  • Oliver, Paul: 2008, The Student's Guide to Research Ethics, Reprint, Open University Press, Philadephia,
  • Penslar, Robin L. (ed.): 1995, Research Ethics: Cases and Materials, Indiana University Press, Bloomington,
  • Trask, R.L.: 2001, Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English, Penguin, London,
  • Truss, Lynne: 2003, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation, Profile Books, London,
Other Resources

63456, Website, Mater Dei Institute of Education, 0, Research Ethics Guide, https://intranet.materdei.ie/index.cfm/page/researchethics,
Programme or List of Programmes
MAETCRMA in Ethics: Corporate Responsibility
MAETHMA in Ethics
MATHMA in Theology
MATHWRMA in Theology & World Religions

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