RSCH09028 2019 Research Thesis
The objective of the research thesis is to provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue. The research project will allow the learner to investigate a real-life professional leadership issue/area of interest, using knowledge skills and competencies acquired at earlier stages of the Masters Programme. Learners will demonstrate their ability to successfully complete a Level 9 Research Project.
Learners will select, modify and apply research skills, to critically analyse, research independently and formulate responses to unpredictable, complex and problems, in order to develop new knowledge, ideas, processes, procedures.
They will decide a work plan, examine and define the issue(s), undertake a critical review of existing literature, decide the methodology and method appropriate to undertake the project, evaluate evidence-based conclusions and prepare and present their findings. The work will cumulate with the submission of a research thesis, where the learner will be required to present their project and partake in a viva voce examination.
The research model advocated within the thesis learning experience is an action enquiry based research approach, however, acknowledging that this may not always be possible for all students an alternative research approach can be decided within the student-supervisor relationship. Consequently, the type and style of the research project will be decided in consultation and collaboration with the student and their research supervisor.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Discuss and critically debate the effectiveness of any research approach identified.
Critically examine literature and draw inferences from this body of knowledge.
Select and apply a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry to the research project.
Interpret, critique and synthesise data that is state of the art in a relevant leadership area.
Demonstrate the validity of the research process undertaken.
Carry out the research project in an ethical manner.
Produce a research project in a format appropriate to level 9 award.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This is an individual project where the learner will research a core topic related to the programme.
Learners will avail of one to one supervision with a designated supervisor and may undertake additional workshops that their supervisor considers of value. This support will ensure that the transdisciplinary nature of leadership is considered through viewing problems through a variety of lens, ensuring that the connection of disciplinary knowledge to the practice of leadership is made and that the values and ethos of the programme are reflected. To undertake this successfully students must fully engage with their research supervision.
Module Assessment Strategies
There are two distinctive assessments within this learning experience.
Milestone management (5%)
Individual lecturers will expect students to engage in milestone management opportunities. This is specific to each project but students are required to adhere to these requirements. Midway through the project, all students will present on their work, to date, to their peers and to the supervision team. This will equate to 5% of the overall grade.
Research Projection Summative (95%)
This research thesis will be assessed both verbally and with a written submission. There are three components to this assessment.
- Written submission will be 30,000 words, including references (75%).
- Poster Presentation, suitable for submission for a postgraduate dissemination event (5%). Students will present on this before the viva voce commences.
- Students in their oral presentation will be expected to defend their research project and process to both internal and external examiners. Within this, they will also be required to outline their project's contribution to knowledge in the field of leadership and indicate a dissemination opportunity for their work (15%)
The research study must adhere to IT Sligo`s RESEARCH ETHICS PROCEDURE.
Where a learner fails this module the Examiners will identify where the deficits in learning occurred. The learner will then have an opportunity to address these deficits and resubmit the project for a full re-examination.
Any repeat submission is capped at 40%.
LO1) Discuss and critically debate the effectiveness of any research approach identified. Students will develop, discuss and defend why they have chosen a particular topic, research process and format.
LO2) Critically examine literature and draw inferences from this body of knowledge. Students are expected to critically review key literature relevant to their chosen research area. They are expected to demonstrate and evaluate forms of knowledge and how different knowledge can influence the format of the 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 their research project.
LO3) Select and apply a range of standard and specialised research or equivalent tools and techniques of enquiry to the research project. Paradigms of enquiry, methodologies methods of data collection, tools and techniques are decided within the student-supervisor relationship but must demonstrate clear relevancy to the research chosen. Students must be able to justify and clearly articulate these decisions, as the best fit for their research project. Explaining how chosen techniques are used to create, interpret and present knowledge.
LO4) Interpret, critique and synthesise data that is state of the art in a relevant leadership area. The student must demonstrate their ability to gather, generate and analyse data that leads to appropriate recommendations and conclusions
LO5) Carry out their research project in an ethical manner. The research study must adhere to IT Sligo`s Research Ethics Policy and Procedure
LO6) 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 in this area. It will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. typed, bound.
LO7) Demonstrate the validity of the research process undertaken. In addition to the written thesis, a poster presentation and viva 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. Questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence in familiar and unfamiliar areas.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Milestone Management||Continuous Assessment||Oral Exam||5 %||Week 10||1,2,3,4|
|2||Reserach Project||Project||Project||75 %||Week 30||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|3||Poster Presentation||Practical||Practical Evaluation||5 %||Week 30||1,3,4,6|
|4||Viva Voce||Project||Oral Exam||15 %||Week 30||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Required & Recommended Book List
2012-05-18 Researching Power, Elites and Leadership SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 9780857024299 ISBN-13 9780857024299
2014-03-31 A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (Sage Mixed Methods Research) SAGE Publications, Inc
John W. Creswells A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research is a brief overview of mixed methods research that takes readers through the essential steps in planning and designing a study. Rather than offering an extensive treatment of mixed methods, this concise book offers individuals in the social, behavioral, and health sciences a foundation for understanding mixed methods methodology. Practical for use in workshops, seminars, global webinars, and as a supplementary text in undergraduate and graduate classes, Creswells book is ideal for the beginner or the more advanced researcher looking for a quick primer in mixed methods, by an authoritative mixed methods scholar.
2015-07-23 Research Methods for Business Students Prentice Hall
ISBN 1292016620 ISBN-13 9781292016627
Revised edition of Research methods for business students, 2012.
2013-12-27 Business Research Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0230301835 ISBN-13 9780230301832
A concise and straightforward guide for students undertaking a research project for the first time. The new edition details the entire research process, from reviewing the literature to writing up results. It features balanced and expanded coverage of collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, and new chapters on academic decision making and preparing research proposals. Students find this book very practical, as it provides the tools they need to successfully embark on research projects and applies theories to real life scenarios. It also features an excellent glossary and practical troubleshooting section which identifies potential problems and provides likely solutions. A companion website is available providing lecturer and student resources, including PowerPoint slides, datasets and interactive revision questions.
2010-02-11 Research Methods for Managers SAGE Publications
ISBN 9781847870940 ISBN-13 1847870945
This edition provides a step-by-step guide to implementing particular methodologies, while simultaneously encouraging a strong awareness of philosophical assumptions.
2005-01-01 Doing Your Masters Dissertation (SAGE Study Skills Series) SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 0761942173 ISBN-13 9780761942177
These will be research project dependent.
This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor.
Supervisors may advise students of additional readings appropriate to their project.
Specialised training may be required dependant on the project if so the supervisor and student will negotiate this requirement