PERF08041 2013 Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
HUMA - Humanities
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERF_K08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts

The aim of this module is to provide learners with the opportunity to carry out independent research and to submit a written researched document of 6,000-8,000 words in an area related to the performing arts. Dissertations can be practice based involving designing, directing or performing a piece of theatre which serves as the basis of the research; the research can be based on a research question investigated through primary research/studies undertaken by the learner; or, the research can be wholly based on secondary research. Dissertations will demonstrate ability to source information within a designed framework or methodology, contextualise research, engage in critical analysis, and present findings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


define a research problem or question


to consider varying methodological approaches and to adopt framework suitable to topic being researched


to employ primary and secondary research strategies


produce and present a research dissertation proposal, defining area of research and rationale, outlining the value of this research


read widely and critically reflect on literature, demonstrating knowledge of current scholarship and debates in specified area


produce a dissertation that evaluates and synthesises written materials and displays evidence of independent research skills


discuss and present research objectives, methods, findings and conclusions and engage in interactive discussion of the work, answering questions, calrifying points and defending the work


coordinate interaction and communication with external groups connected to the research in the form of interviews, focus groups, questionnaires etc

Module Assessment Strategies

The dissertation is a sustained research document but marks are awarded throughout the process for proposal, first draft, final draft and oral presentation of research. Dissertation is marked by supervisor and second reader.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Dissertation

Narrowing/Focusing research topic

Research Methodologies

Dissertation proposal

Structuring the research

Ethical considerations

Literature Review/Contextualisation

Analysis of findings

Structure of submitted document

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project dissertation proposal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 3 1,2,3,4,7
2 Project Dissertation first draft Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 9 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Project Dissertation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 70 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
4 Project Presentation & Viva Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % End of Term 1,2,3,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Dissertation Workshops 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified advisor meetings 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Performing Arts Dissertation Handbook

Barrett, Estelle abd Barbara Bolt, Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Inquiry (Tauris, 2007)

Smith, Hazel and Roger Dean, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts (Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities) (Ediniburgh UP, 2009)

Sullivan, Graeme, Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts (Sage, 2010)

Ackroyd, Judith,  Research Methodologies for Drama Education (Trentham, 2006)


Other Resources