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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module students complete a dissertation of circa 15,000-20,000 words on an aspect of history of their own choosing. The topic is negotiated between students and teaching staff, who provide advice on all aspects of the project from initiation to completion. The dissertation is typically based on extensive research using primary sources. Planning for this large-scale project begins in the first semester and is supported by the Research Methods module. Students will be required to produce a thesis proposal to display evidence of the viability of the research idea. Substantive research is normally undertaken throughout the academic year. In Semester 2 students will be required to make a presentation on a chapter of their dissertation. This provides an important opportunity to gain critical feedback in a formative context. The dissertation will require students to explore the problematic nature of primary source materials and analyse the relationship between primary and secondary sources. Engagement with recent scholarship in the field and a synthesis of significant secondary literature is expected within the dissertation. Where appropriate, students will need to consider ethical dimensions associated with their area of inquiry.

Learning Outcomes

1. Formulate and validate a viable research question or questions.
2. Deploy effective research methodologies and embark on independent research.
3. Evaluate in a critical manner primary source materials.
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of secondary literature.
5. Assess contested historical perspectives and the changing nature of historical interpretation.
6. Make an oral presentation of their findings.
7. Construct concise, original and well supported written arguments.
8. Integrate diverse forms of evidence.
9. Deliver a sustained piece of individual, academic research.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning6Formal consultation with supervisor
Assignment Completion40Research proposal
Class Presentation9Class Presentation
Independent Study695Independent research and writing
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

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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

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    0, In Class/Online, 0, Students will be advised by their supervisor on specific key readings,
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