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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code ES511
School School of Education Studies

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Margaret FarrenOffice NumberC145a
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The dissertation provides the participant with the opportunity to engage, in some depth, with an issue of professional or intellectual interest. In carrying out the dissertation, they will have the opportunity to read extensively, but with focus, and to develop new understandings of an area. The participant will have the chance to show originality through the exercise of independent critical and creative thinking.

Learning Outcomes

1. Choose an appropriate methodology
2. Collect data using appropriate research methods
3. Carry out analysis and draw conclusions from the research
4. Communicate the research using appropriate forms of representation
5. Where appropriate, the application of findings and arguments in a reflective manner to the improvement of educational practices

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars6workshop sessions during dissertation
Independent Study2library workshop
Group work12study groups meet during dissertation
Independent Study155own research work
Total Workload: 187

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
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

  • Cohen, L.: 2007, Research Methods in Education, Routledge,
  • Creswell, J. (: 2008, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches,
  • McNiff, J. and Whitehead. J: 2006, All you Need to Know about Action Research, Sage.,
  • Ridley, D.: 2008, The Literature Review, Sage.,
  • Yin, R: 2008, Case Study Research, Sage.,
Other Resources

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