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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2021 - 2022

Module Title Dissertation
Module Code OSC20
School Open Education

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Anne MorrisseyOffice NumberD104
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Learning Outcomes

1. Work independently and self critically to search for, sift through and organise relevant literature and critically assess its significance in relation to a research question
2. Consider a variety of research methodological options and apply the most appropriate approach for the topic being researched
3. Demonstrate independent and critical thinking and analysis by synthesising the diversity of data, knowledge, understanding, and skills initiated in the taught elements of the programme and developed in the undertaking of the research
4. Plan and produce a substantial and coherent piece of individual academic research with a persuasive and coherent argument that responds to the research question
5. Reflect on lessons learned and summarise these learnings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial8Writing a successful dissertation, Library Tutorial for dissertation students, Qualtrics, GDPR, Research Ethics
Independent Study5Read the notes and dissertation guidelines provided
Directed learning25Working with appointed supervisor
Independent Study25Source, review and assimilate peer reviewed and other materials related to dissertation topic
Independent Study300Source and read additional material required to write a literature review
Assignment Completion390Carry out independent research and write a dissertation
Total Workload: 753

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

The Dissertation is a stimulating and challenging part of the MSc programme. It is a major piece of independent work of 15,000 words in length. The objective of the dissertation is to give you the opportunity to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught modules upon a specific issue of interest. The dissertation should provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue, normally involving an empirical analysis of the topic being investigated. In particular, you are expected to: show knowledge of the topic investigated, including current research; exercise critical judgement in a competent and scholarly manner; display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinion of others; and illustrate how your analysis has relevance to decision making. In broad terms, a dissertation proposal, which follows one of the following models, is acceptable. Model 1: Theory/Practice The theoretical framework of a subject area is developed by review of the literature and the empirical evidence is collected to answer a specific question or develop a specific point within the chosen subject area. Model 2 Company-based Project The dissertation consists of an analysis of, and solution, to a significant practical problem or situation in the area of business management in an actual business situation. Although the dissertation is essentially practical in orientation, the learner would be expected to demonstrate his/her knowledge of the conceptual framework of the problem in a variety of ways such as his/her approach to the analysis of the problem and the nature of the solutions brought forward.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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
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