RSCH09022 2016 Final Research Project

General Details

Full Title
Final Research Project
Transcript Title
Research Project
Code
RSCH09022
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
RSCH - Research
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
09 - NFQ Level 9
Credit
20 - 20 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Susan McDonnell, Tamsin Cavaliero, Kate Brown, Suzanne Collery, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HLEAD_M09 201600 Master of Arts in Humanities in Leadership and Advocacy in the Early Years SG_WSOCI_M09 201700 Master of Arts in Social Care & Social Justice
Description

The objective of the dissertation/research project is to provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue. This work can be presented in a number of different formats.

  1. Critical Theory: A thorough theoretical exploration of a specific issue is carried out either ass an extended literature review or a systematic review. A conceptual framework may be an additional output of this project.
  2. Empirical Data. The theoretical framework of a subject area is developed by review of the literature, the empirical evidence is collected to answer a specific question or develop a specific point within the chosen subject area.
  3. Case study: A single in-depth case study is undertaken using innovative methodologies and methods to examine the single case in sufficient detail.
  4. A selected project from a set of supervisor led topics, carried out using one of the previous mentioned formats.
  5. Practice-Based Research Study. The research field is in practice and therefore the study will be conducted by the practitioner in practice, with the investigation of a problem, development of an action (eg: project) to address the problem and dissemination of findings to fellow practitioners being of importance.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Demonstrate skills to assess the effectiveness of any research approach identified.

2.

Evaluate the existent literature available and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.

3.

Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry.

4.

Carry out reserach in an ethical manner.

5.

Produce a research project in a format appropriate to level 9 award.

6.

Argue the validity of the process and research undertaken.

7.

Disseminate the findings of the research carried out through an appropriate platform.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will avail of one to one supervision with a designated supervisor. This will involve 1-to 1, one hour meetings. Attendance and participation in this supervision is a key requirement of this project. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This research project will be assessed both verbally and with a written submission.

Students in their oral presentation will be expected to defend their research project and process to an audience of their peers.

Written submission will be 25,000  for 1-4 and must adhere to guidance and code of ethics of the institute.

Written submission for the practice-based research study will 15,000 including an academic paper for presentation and must adhere to guidance and code of ethics of the institute.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat requirements will be decided at exam boards but will be most likely consist of both oral and written submission. Any repeat submission is capped at 40%.

 

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
RSCH09019 201600 Research Design and Development

Indicative Syllabus

Demonstrate skills to assess the effectiveness of any research approach identified.

Students will demonstrate and defend why they have chosen a particular topic, research process and format.

Evaluate the existent literature available and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.

Students are expected to critically review key literature and relevant to the field and informs the topic undertaken. They are expected to demonstrate forms of knowledge and how different knowledge can influence the format of information presented e.g. policy document, legislative document, and peer review publication, whilst not ignoring the importance of different sources to a research area. They are expected to present and argue literature which clearly demonstrates increased knowledge and expertise in their fields, and where appropriate informs the development of further stages of empirical work.

Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry.

Methods, tools and techniques are dependent on the project, but must demonstrate a clear relevancy to the research chosen. Students must be able to justify these decisions as the best fit for their research project.

Carry out research in an ethical manner

In adherence with Social Sciences good practice guidelines and IT Sligo’s Code of Practice for the Quality Assurance of Postgraduate Research.

Produce a research project in a format appropriate to level 9 award.

Students completed work will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competency that are required for a level nine award. It will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. typed, bound.

Argue the validity of the process and research undertaken.

A via voce will be undertaken by the student, allowing them to present and defend their work to examiners. Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project which allows questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence into familiar and unfamiliar areas.

Dissemination of findings.

The research process and output will be presented by students at a public forum for those working in the social care field eg: seminar.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Submission of Project Project Project 80 % Week 30 1,2,3,4,7
2 Viva Voce Practical Oral Exam 20 % Week 31 5,6
             

Part Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Reserach Project Supervision 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor. Some suggested texts.

Costley, C., G. Elliot & C. Gibb (2010) Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. London: Sage. Hart., E and Bond,M, (1995) Action Research for Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice by Open University Press, Buckingham.

Mason, J. (2002) Qualitative researching. Thousand Oaks [CA]: Sage.

May, T. (2004) Social research: Issues, methods and process. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Possamai-Inesedy, A. & Gwyther, G. (2010) New Methods in Social Justice Research for the Twenty-First Century. Routledge.

 

URL Resources

This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor.

Other Resources

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE QUALITY ASSURANCE OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH IT Sligo 2013

Additional Information

Student are expected to maintain minutes of supervision meetings and present to the supervisor for review at each session.

Reserach must be undertaken in an ethical manner at all times.