RSCH08020 2021 Dissertation

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
RSCH - Research
0000 - Undeclared
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Marie Moran, Valerie McTaggart, Aine Doherty
Programme Membership
SG_MBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and ICT

Students are required to undertake a piece of supervised independent research. Students are expected to show critical thinking, understanding of how knowledge is generated and used and be able to work independently. The aim of this module is to support each student to complete a dissertation or applied research project on a selected topic. The output of this module will be a dissertation or project report of approximately 10,000 words.  This research project will be on a topic related to Business and/or ICT.

Learning Outcomes

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


Apply theoretical and methodological understanding and skills into devising researchable ideas and specific research questions or hypotheses, based on an approved research proposal


Conduct a critical review of relevant literature and/or relevant industry reports and documents. 


Demonstrate the ability to collate and critically analyse research findings


Derive conclusions and provide recommendations based on research findings


Present research in the form of a dissertation or applied research project, where research findings are communicated clearly, concisely and effectively.


Consider and demonstrate the implementation of research findings in the context of a practical application, where appropriate.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will work individually with their assigned dissertation supervisor and are expected to complete detailed research culminating in a written dissertation.

Students will have adequate preparation for the research process from research methods teaching and will be presented with opportunities for development of research skills from smaller scale research and problem solving opportunities in previous modules. To aid with the consideration of topics for the dissertation, students will be encouraged to think about this prior to the stage at which the research will be undertaken. Themes will be developed as a guide for students for topics, giving due consideration to feasibility and availability of information. 


Module Assessment Strategies

Students will work individually with their assigned dissertation supervisor to complete the dissertation or applied project. A timeframe for preparing drafts and meeting with the supervisor will be available to assist with the assessment process, and in setting goals and objectives. 

Repeat Assessments

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

Module Dependencies

RSCH08019 202100 Research Methods

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 or applied research project of approximately 10,000 words.

Literature Review

  • Writing a literature review and/or industry/sector review, with appropriate bibliography, related to the proposed research objective

Research Instruments

  • Examine various appropriate research methods 
  • Select and employ appropriate data collection techniques for information gathering

Results- Discussion and Analysis

  • Presentation of findings/results 
  • Analysis and discussion of results
  • Linking findings to the research question

Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Development of conclusions and recommendations that could be derived from the research

Style, Content, Presentation and Formatting

  • Professional presentation, content and style within an academic writing framework
  • Overall appropriate presentation of written document, following guidelines in the research handbook

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Dissertation Continuous Assessment Written Report 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 8 Weekly 8.00
Tutorial Not Specified Supervision 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017 Marketing Research
ISBN 1292103124 ISBN-13 9781292103129

Revised edition of Marketing research, 2012.

Required Reading
2018-11-05 Business Research Methods
ISBN 9780198809876 ISBN-13 0198809875

Business Research Methods is the complete introduction to doing business research and is an ideal guide for students embarking on a research project. Developed specifically with business and management students in mind, this textbook explores the nature and purpose of business research and the issues it entails, while also providing students with practical advice through "Tips and skills" boxes. In addition to a broad range of relevant examples,the book features a substantial discussion of ethics, and a strong emphasis on the most frequent challenges faced by students, such as choosing a research question, planning a project, and writing it up.Fresh voices and perspectives run throughout this edition. New author, Bill Harley, further internationalizes the book's coverage, based on his expertise in the Australian business and management context. Also hear from Amrit, Jordan, Anna, Ed, and Alex - an additional five students whose personalinsights and advice in the "student experience" feature help you avoid common mistakes, and follow their successful strategies when undertaking your own research project.This edition has been extensively revised, updated, and streamlined. Coverage of E-Research is now woven throughout the entire book to reflect the centrality of internet-based research methods. The book is accompanied by a suite of online resources that include: For students:* Multiple choice questions* Research Project guide * Interviews with students * Data sets * Using Excel in data analysis (in Excel)* Web linksFor lecturers:* Test bank* Discussion questions* PowerPoint slides * Lecturer's guide * Case studies * Figures and plates from the text* VLE cartridge

Required Reading
2017-12-22 Research Design
ISBN 1506386768 ISBN-13 9781506386768

This best-selling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co-author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions, key elements of the research process, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. New to this Edition: Updated discussion on designing a proposal for a research project and on the steps in designing a research study Additional content on epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology and method Additional updates on the transformative worldview Expanded coverage on specific approaches such as case studies, participatory action research, and visual methods Additional information about qualitative and quantitative data analysis, social media, online qualitative methods, and mentoring and reflexivity in qualitative methods Incorporation of action research and program evaluation in mixed methods and coverage of the latest advances in the mixed methods field Additional information about causality and its relationship to statistics in quantitative methods Incorporation of writing discussion sections into each of the three methodologies An invaluable guide for students and researchers across the social and behavioural sciences.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Appropriate journal articles will be available via the IT Sligo library website.

Other Resources

A Dissertation handbook will be provided to students, as well as a framework for considering research topics.