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Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will detail what is required in order to achieve the successful completion of a research project. Students will work on developing research and writing skills. They will also be facilitated in finding an appropriate topic/title for their research paper (which will be completed in INTC04).

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the precise research and writing skills requisite for the production of an undergraduate thesis or final research paper.
2. Process and refine resources, qualitatively and quantitatively towards the successful completion of substantial a research project.
3. Through individual research, contribute to enhancing the learning of others.
4. Appreciate the value of performing research collaboratively, demonstrating a generous awareness of the complexity for the researcher of contemporary society.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6No Description
Laboratory12No Description
Seminars6No Description
Independent Study51No Description
Total Workload: 75

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

Advanced undergraduate research skills

Qualitative and Quantitative research planning

Research project/thesis planning

Research ethics

Finding an appropriate research topic/title

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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

  • Mater Dei Institute of Education: 0, UG Manual of Style [on ‘My MDI’ page online],
  • Creme, Phylis and Lea, Mary R.: 2008, Writing at University, 3rd ed., Open University Press, Maidenhead, Berkshire,
  • Fowler, Alisdair: 2007, How to Write, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Manser, Martin and Curtis, Stephen: 2002, The Penguin Writer’s Manual, Penguin, London,
  • Northedge, Andrew: 2005, The Good Study Guide, The Open University, Milton Keynes,
  • Silvia, Paul J.: 2007, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, American Psychological Association,
  • Smith, Pauline: 2000, Writing an Assignment, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Trask, R.L.: 2001, Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English, Penguin, (London,
  • Vyhmeister, Nancy Jean: 2014, Quality Research Papers For Students of Religion and Theology, 3rd, (1st Ed., 2001), Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Other Resources

2402, Web, 0, DCU Study Skills link, https://www.dcu.ie/studentlearning/online-resources.shtml, 2407, Web, Mantex -, 0, Improve your Writing Skills, (Free downloadable e-Book), http://www.mantex.co.uk/samples/ebooks.htm, 2408, Web, University of Toronto -, 0, Advice on Writing, http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice,
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