PROJ08027 2016 Capstone Project / Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
Capstone Project / Dissertation
Transcript Title
Capstone Project
N/A %
Subject Area
PROJ - Project
BUS - Business
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Siobhain O'Connor, Catherine McGuinn, Ann Higgins

Capstone Project /Dissertation

The goal is to put one’s theoretical knowledge and research knowledge to practical test by carrying out an independent piece of research, (albeit guided with a supervisor) to produce a piece of research that makes a significant contribution to solving a problem and expanding the knowledge base in the specific discipline.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply your theoretical and methodological understanding and skills into devising researchable ideas and specific research questions or hypotheses.


Conduct a focused review of the relevant literature.


Develop a realistic research design with specific research strategies.


Articulate concisely findings and conclusions in a written document which is informed by academic writing standards and justify conclusions by reference to evidence gathered and presented.


Demonstrate time, information and project management skills.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be allocated a supervisor for the Project. Learners will undertake guided independent study. 

Module Assessment Strategies

The capstone project requires students to undertake a piece of independent, guided research within a specified field or sub-field of business and/or insurance. The final document should be at least 10,000 words. Topics will normally be related to the students workplace.

Repeat Assessments

This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

Indicative Syllabus

The module requires students to undertake a piece of independent closely guided research. It allows students to apply the techniques taught in specialist subjects to an academic investigation of a topic of their choosing. The output of this module will be a dissertation of at least 10,000 words.

Literature Review

  • Discuss the writing of a Literature review & Bibliography
  • Adequately fitting in with the proposed objective

Research Instruments

  • Examine various appropriate research methods
  • Analyse the techniques used in developing a Methodology

Results- Discussion and Analysis

  • Interpretation and the benefit of it
  • Analyse the techniques used in developing a Methodology
  • How the findings can be linked to the primary problem


  • Develop Recommendations and findings that could be derived from the research

Style, Content, Presentation and Formatting

  • Demonstrate a professional level of Content, Style & Presentation within overall academic writing
  • Overall appropriate presentation of the document

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Dissertation / Thesis Project Individual Project 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Supervisor Meetings 0.33 Weekly 0.33
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.33 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Judith Bell 2014 Doing Your Research Project: A Guide For First-Time Researchers Open University Press
ISBN-10 0335264468 ISBN-13 9780335264469
John W. Creswell 2013 Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 4th Edition SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN-10 1452226105 ISBN-13 9781452226101
Alan Bryman 2012 Social Research Methods, 4th Edition Oxford University Press
ISBN-10 0199588058 ISBN-13 9780199588053
Joseph A. Maxwell 2012 Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (Applied Social Research Methods) SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN-10 1412981190 ISBN-13 9781412981194
URL Resources - Library