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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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

Both the dissertation and practicum are intended to afford postgraduate students on the MSAL programme an opportunity to exercise their creative, questioning, analytic, and writing skills in a focused and practical manner. Whereas the dissertation is a critical evaluation of a research question primarily from an academic perspective, the practicum is intended to expose the student to an analysis of a real-world problem. While their focus is different (primarily academic, or applied) they must each contain a substantial piece of primary research and students are expected to put into practice the theoretical materials covered in earlier modules.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the theoretical principles affecting a defined area of a domain of knowledge
2. Synthesize existing sets of knowledge
3. Demonstrate a capacity for original thought, logical argument and the ability to discuss objectively and rigorously
4. Perform primary research to explore further specific aspects of a problem.
5. Apply the appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to a primary research project
6. Analyze primary data and draw conclusions based on that data.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning750No Description
Directed learning750No Description
Total Workload: 1500

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
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