RSCH08003 2016 Research-based product

General Details

Full Title
Research-based product
Transcript Title
Research-based product
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Subject Area
RSCH - Research
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Louis McManus, Gwen Scarbrough, Kate Duke, Marie McGloin, Natalie Delimata, Chris Sparks
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

This module is aimed at the development of a research-based product/prototype. Students work in groups to research and develop responses to contemporary issues in care settings. Examples of products may include: toy, game, resource pack, short film, workshop, event etc. The group will engage in activities, with the support of a mentor, to clearly identify the relevant stake-holders, engage in user-centred design, conduct relevant research and produce  protoypes.


This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Team working

Domain 3: Safety & Quality

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

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


Design and develop a research strategy (Domain 3.5).


Identify and develop a relevant product/prototype or outcome (Domain 2.6, 5.17).


Reflect on the process involved in the development of a research -based product or outcome (Domain 3.4).


Present, promote and defend product or outcome (Domain 3.4).


Initiate, identify and apply relevant user-centered research methodologies to inform creative decision making processes and problem-solving activities (Domains 1.8, 2.6, 5.17).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Active and reflective learning by individuals and groups through research and creative practice with guidance from mentors and co-ordinator 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module aims at the integration of creative, research and communication skills. The assessment is focused on the documentation of the research and design process and the product/prototype itself and how well it addresses the users ( 50%). This is also presented orally by the group (25%). Each individual student is required to develop a reflective commentary on their experience (25%). 

This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Group project delivery of product prototype with supporting documentation (Domains 1.8, 1.18, 2.6, 3.4, 3.5, 5.17)

Individual written report reflection (Domain 1.8, 1.18, 2.6)

Group Presentation (Domain 1.8, 1.18, 2.6)

Repeat Assessments

As above

Module Dependencies

CARE08014 201200 Dissertation

Indicative Syllabus

Identify the need and opportunity for product development

Conduct research relevant to product development

Create prototypes that can be tested with potential users/audience

Refine product on basis of user feedback

Create final prototype

Present product publicly to audience of peers, staff and external personnel from the relevant field

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project Delivery of product prototype with supporting documentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 50 % End of Term 1,2,3
2 Individual written Report Reflection on product development experience Continuous Assessment Written Report 25 % End of Term 4
3 Group presentation of product/prototype Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % End of Term 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Flat Classroom Mentoring of product development group 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014 Designing with the Mind in Mind, Second Edition: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Guidelines 2nd Edition Morgan Kaufman

text book

Recommended Reading
2016 ( 5th ed) Oblique Strategies self published


Recommended Reading
2013 Practical Social Pedagogy: Theories, Values and Tools for Working with Children and Young People Policy Press, University of Bristol

text book

Recommended Reading
2007 (3rd ed) Market Research in Ireland: theory and Practice Gill :-:- MacMIllan

text book

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

To come

Other Resources


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