RSCH08013 2019 Research Dissertation - English Strand

General Details

Full Title
Research Dissertation - English Strand
Transcript Title
Research Dissertation - Engli
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Subject Area
RSCH - Research
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kate Duke, Bernie Meehan, Kate Brown, Suzanne Collery, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HJOIN_H08 000000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HENGL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

The research module is intended to provide students with an opportunity to select a research topic relating to an aspect of literary study (including Drama/Performance) which they will explore it in detail through guided self-study. Each student will be allocated a supervisor who will support them in all aspects of their project and will ethically follow a designated research process, appropriate to their study. The module will cumulate in the production of an extended piece of critical/applied or practice as a research project of a length and quality appropriate to the undergraduate award. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop in-depth subject knowledge required for their topic.


Understanding of the structure and rationale of literary/applied research.


Structure critical thinking in relation to a substantial piece of work.


Explore and assimilate information from a range of sources.


Demonstrate skills in independent working.


Produce an extended piece of scholarly writing to the appropriate standard.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

One to one supervision of projects will be available to students. Students are expected to attend their supervision and are advised to document their weekly progress. Students who choose not to attend organised supervision sessions will not be provided with additional supervision.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment One:

Production of a Research Project not exceeding 12,000 words (excluding bibliography). Work submitted will be assessed by two members of the team. Both will mark the work independently, once complete they will review each other's grading/assessment of the dissertation/research project. If marks are substantially different and/ or agreement on a grade cannot be reached, third party marking will occur (80%).

Assessment Two:

Students will partake in a viva voce and discuss and answer questions from a two-member panel (20%).

Repeat Assessments

Students who do not successfully complete this work will resubmit for the next available sitting. This second attempt will be capped at 40%.

Module Dependencies

CARE08066 201700 Research Methods for English and Drama/Applied Theatre Studies

Indicative Syllabus

Develop an in-depth subject knowledge required for the topic

Students will develop an in-depth study of an area of literary/drama and/or applied study that speaks to the student's research interests. Students will be expected to plan, conceptualise, research and execute an extended piece of work.

Understand the structure/rationale of literary/applied theatre research

Drawing from the research methods module, the students will develop their research writing skills, demonstrating an understanding of the preparation and planning required to successfully complete a research project.

Structure critical thinking in relation to a substantial piece of work

Students will include a clear rationale for the research topic chosen. Students must, in consultation with their supervisor, decide on the most appropriate research plan/methodology and follow a recognised research process.

Explore and assimilate information from a range of sources

All students must undertake a rigorous, comprehensive literature review and evaluate primary and secondary sources of evidence. Students must, in consultation with their supervisor select and justify the most appropriate methodology to complete the work. In addition, all students must demonstrate a robust understanding of ethics in research and develop appropriate strategies to ensure an ethically sound research project.

Demonstrate skills in independent working

The student will be expected to evidence independent, critical and creative thinking, research skills and critical analysis, writing and presentation in their chosen field or specialism

To produce an extended piece of research writing to the appropriate standard

Students must produce and present a research project which adheres to school standards of scholarly/praxis expertise and learning.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Dissertation Submission Continuous Assessment Individual Project 80 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Viva Voce Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 20 % Week 14 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Not Specified Supervision .5 Weekly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2005 Fabb, Nigel, Durant, Alan How to write Essays and Dissertations 2nd Ed, Longman

Recommended Reading
2006 How to Write Oxford University Press

Recommended Reading
2001 How to Write Better Essays Palgrave

Recommended Reading
2000 . Ways of Reading: Advanced reading skills for students of English : Routledge.

Recommended Reading
2009 A Students Writing Guide: How to Plan and Write Successful Essays Cambridge University Press

Recommended Reading
2008 The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies Cambridge University Press.

Recommended Reading
, 2003. Theorizing Practice: Redefining Theatre Palgrave Macmillan,

Module Resources

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