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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to basic research design. It aims to prepare students for the construction of a research thesis at masters degree level. It aims to introduce students to a range of research methodologies and methods. The approach taken allows students to discuss and evaluate the social context in which they work and live and to explore opportunities for researching these contexts. This module provides a platform of knowledge that allows participants to tackle fieldwork using a variety of both tradition and innovative approaches. Students are expected to attend lectures, contribute to discussions and activities and complete assessments

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Design and construct a research dissertation
2. 2. Critically engage with theory and literature in a chosen field of research
3. 3. Justify sampling strategies
4. 4. Compare and contrast philosophical and methodological approaches to research
5. 5. Describe various research methods
6. 6. Discuss the role of quality control and ethics in research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture25No Description
Independent Study100No Description
Assignment Completion125No Description
Total Workload: 250

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 Reading List
Schutt, Russell K., (2006), Investigating the Social World: The process and practice of research. California: Sage.: 0, -, Bell, Judith (1987, 1993, 2005), Doing your research project. Maidenhead: Open University Press.: 0, -, Creswell, John W (2003), Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. California: Sage.: 0, -, O'Leary, Zina (2004), The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Thousand Oakes: 0, -, Mason, Jennifer (2002), Qualitative Researching. London: Sage Publications: 0, -, Silverman, David (2000, 2005), Doing Qualitative Research. California: Sage.: 0, -, Burgess, Robert G (1984, 1990), In the Field: An Introduction to Field Research. London: Falmer Press.: 0, -, Seale, Clive (1999), The Quality of Qualitative Research. London: Thousand Oakes: 0, -, Lincoln and Guba (1985), Naturalistic Inquiry. California: Sage Publications: 0, -, Marshall and Rossman (1995, 1999, 2006), Designing Qualitative Research. California: Sage Publications: 0, -, Rose, Gillian (2001), Visual Methodologies: An introduction to the interpretation of visual mater. London: Sage.: 0, -, Hine, Christine (2000), Virtual Ethnography. London: Sage: 0, -,

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Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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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
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