PROJ07034 2016 Applied Financial Project

General Details

Full Title
Applied Financial Project
Transcript Title
Applied Financial Project
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Subject Area
PROJ - Project
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Clodagh Caslin, Fergal Keane, Kieran Howard, Cillian OMurchu
Programme Membership
SG_BEMBE_G07 201500 Bachelor of Business in Embedded Award SG_BFINA_H08 201600 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Finance and Investment SG_BEMBE_G07 201600 Bachelor of Business Embedded Award BB L7 in Finance and Investment

This module gives the learner experience of researching a selected topic within the finacial services sector. This project should offer the opportunity to consolidate learning experiences thus far in the program and where possible will be related to the work placement the student undertakes 

Each student will be given guidance as to how research should be conducted and will be supervised for the duration of the project

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify, conceptualise, formulate and communicate a research proposal for a suitable financial services topic


Identify the objectives of the study & formulate an appropriate methodology.


Collect, collate and analyse relevant data and use it to complete a focussed research document on the basis of the completed research proposal


Manage a personal learning process, demonstrate monitoring and revision procedures throughout the life cycle of the research project


Present research findings to research project committee

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will undertake this reseach while on work placement.  Prior to commencing placement students will attend a block session on-campus to explain the research process, to meet with their supervisors and to get some initial guidance on potential topics of research

Students will then liaise with supervisors on a weekly basis to ensure that the research is progressing in an appropriate manner and to get feedback on their progress

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment will be 100% CA.  The student will be assessed on three separate elements: 1. Research Proposal, 2. Project report, 3. Presentation of Findings.  

The proposal is to be submitted and feedback offered as early as practical in the semester, to afford the learner time to refine the focus of and/or approach towards their research. The report, should encapsulate their research proposal (refined where necessary), methodology and findings in an appropriate manner.  The presentation allows the student to showcase their knowledge and findings to an academic panel through a brief presentation and a QA session


Repeat Assessments

Learners may have to repeat some or all of the assessments in this module. Their supervisor, in conjuntion with the examination board may decide that the entire project may need to be re-commenced with a different focus, or that the previous research topic is appropriate and that some or all of the elements are to be re-submitted.

Indicative Syllabus

Guidelines to conducting research

  • Explain how research should be conducted following a systematic approach
  • Identify different types of materials that can be used for academic research
  • Help students discover where relevant material can be located

Complete a research proposal

  • Identify sources of secondary data and if required how primary data could be aquired
  • Work with a research project adviser to complete research project

Complete research

  • Focussed research to be conducted, under supervision, on a topic relevant to the Financial Services / Accounting industries
  • Research objectives, methodology and findings to be submitted in report format (between 7,000 & 10,000 words)

Present findings

  • Presentation of research report to research project committee

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Proposal Continuous Assessment Written Report 20 % Week 5 1,2
2 Applied Research Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 60 % End of Semester 3,4
3 Present Findings Continuous Assessment Interview 20 % End of Semester 4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On-Campus Block Session 6 Once Per Semester 0.40
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.40 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Liaise with Project Supervisor 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-08-15 How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation (Palgrave Study Skills) Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 023021875X ISBN-13 9780230218758

Examining each essential stage of research and writing a dissertation, this book teaches students across all disciplines how to use qualitative and quantitative techniques to plan and research, how to generate ideas to develop into original research projects, and how to write a clear and concise dissertation.

Recommended Reading
2002-08-29 Qualitative Researching SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 0761974288 ISBN-13 9780761974284

The Second Edition of this bestselling text offers students and first-time researchers invaluable guidance to the practice of qualitative social research.

Throughout the author addresses the key issues which need to be identified and resolved in the qualitative research process, and through which researchers develop essential skills in qualitative research. The book highlights the`difficult questions' that researchers should get into the habit of asking themselves in the course of doing qualitative research, and outlines the implications of the different ways of responding to these questions.

Qualitative Researching bridges the gap between `cook-book' approaches to qualitative research and abstract methodological approaches. Helping the reader to move comfortably between principle and practice, this text has proved to be an invaluable introduction to qualitative research, and a useful aid to accomplished qualitative research practice across the social sciences.

Recommended Reading
2013-11-13 Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (Salkind, Statistics for People Who(Think They Hate Statistics(Without CD)) SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN 1452277710 ISBN-13 9781452277714

The best-selling Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics is now in its Fifth Edition. Continuing its hallmark use of humor and common sense, this text helps students develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear. Author Neil J. Salkind takes students through various statistical procedures, beginning with a brief historical introduction to statistics, correlation and graphical representation of data, and ending with inferential techniques and analysis of variance. The book provides examples using SPSS and includes reviews of measurement topics, such as reliability, validity, and also introductory non-parametric statistics. With more examples than ever before, the new edition offers a new Real World Stats feature at the end of each chapter. In addition, an enhanced interactive eBook edition (available spring 2014) features animated chapter introductions, quick quizzes, video clips, and more.  The Fifth Edition is also the basis for the Excel edition for the book of the same name. 

Module Resources

Additional Information

Other relevant reading material will be provided by the research supervisor dependant on topic of study chosen