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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2015 - 2016

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code EF511
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorProf Liam GallagherOffice NumberQ136
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To develop students' general ability to undertake independent research including problem definition, data collection, analysis and reporting of findings. To equip students with a set of analytical, quantitative and report writing skills with which to carry out their research. Students will write a research proposal, a preliminary research report and conclude with writing up their final research dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critique financial research and assess appropriateness of research question, methodology and data analysis.
2. Use information databases to identify relevant research for conducting literature review.
3. Employ appropriate statistical techniques for analysing data and interpreting results.
4. Write a research report that accurately conveys the research question, justifies the methodology used, and appropriately interprets the results of the study.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48Workshops and Seminars
Independent Study702Undertaking research
Total Workload: 750

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

Indicative Content
From the beginning of the programme, the necessity to complete the dissertation is stressed. Procedures for undertaking the dissertation are as follows: In semester 1 of year 2 the students are advised about selection of a dissertation topic and the requirements for successful completion. After a topic has been approved, the dissertation committee will appoint an individual supervisor to each student and that supervisor will be available for consultation on a one-to-one basis. At the end of this semester students submit an initial proposal for a dissertation. During semester 2, students submit a preliminary research report. This report includes a preliminary review of the literature, data and methodology and a description of the approach and structure proposed. Students engage in the main work of the dissertation in the period after the end of semester 2. Individual supervisors are required to report to the dissertation committee on the progress of the students assigned to them. Students have the choice of submitting in the form of a dissertation or a journal/research article. All classes are either workshop- or seminar-based. It is expected full participation by all students in class discussions. Workshops will be in the area of (1) Information and Data Bases; (2) Overview of Dissertation requirements, including identifying an area of research interest; (3) Organizing research and formulating a research proposal; (4) Working with your supervisor; (5) An introduction to Preliminary Research Reports; (6) Literature Review, Data Sources, Tools and Methodologies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    16183, Reading Material, 0, There is no textbook for this module. Course handouts, incorporating readings and other material will be circulated as appropriate.,
    Programme or List of Programmes
    MITMSc in Investment and Treasury
    MITBMSc in Investment, Treasury & Banking