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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

The module provides a focus for students to undertake a sustained independent research project in a chosen aspect of Theology and Lifelong Education under supervision. This offers the possibility for students to examine in greater depth issues which they may have encountered in lectures, which may be of particular interest to the student and are academically sustainable.

Learning Outcomes

1. Locate and evaluate information from a variety of sources, cite references appropriately and assess the relevance of information.
2. Analyse and critique academic sources pertinent to a research theme.
3. Synthesise the finding of their research in collaboration with a research supervisor.
4. Write an undergraduate thesis (4,000 words) and thereby contribute to enhancing the learning of others.
5. Offer an informed perspective to others on the theme of their research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture1.5No Description
Seminars6No Description
Directed learning2No Description
Independent Study5No Description
Total Workload: 14.5

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 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: 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,
  • Smith, Pauline: 2000, Writing an Assignment, Oxford University Press, Oxford:,
  • Silvia, Paul J.: 2007, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, American Psychological Association,
  • 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

2421, Web, 0, DCU Study Skills Link, https://www.dcu.ie/studentlearning/online-resources.shtml, 2419, Web, Mantex -, 0, Improve your Writing Skills, http://www.mantex.co.uk/samples/ebooks.htm, 2420, Web, University of Toronto -, 0, Advice on Writing, http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice,
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