ARCH30700 Research Project Preparation

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module gives you the space to develop a research proposal, that will be the basis for the Research Project module in the following trimester. Through the module you will be developing your topic, the key questions that you will be addressing, the methods that you think you will need to employ and the resources that it might require. The final submission for this module will be the completion of a project proposal form. The form has been based on the types of questions grant awarding bodies would ask you if you were looking for funding.

The proposal phase allows a point of critical reflection before you embark on your project and allows for an assessment of whether or not it can proceed or whether it needs to be adapted.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Develop a well-structured research design to be implemented in a research project

2. Organise, attribute, critique & evaluate primary and secondary information to critically assess the viability of the proposed project

3. Communicate a research idea to an audience

Indicative Module Content:

This is indicative only - please refer to the syllabus and Brightspace for the most up-to-date information.

Weeks 1 to 9 consist of 2 sessions of an hour every week. In each week, the sessions will focus one aspect that is key to the proposal development. Week 10 to 12 are designed to allow the time and space to develop the project. A brief overall of the schedule is provided below.

WEEK 1 Session 1 and 2: The spark – Introduction & discussion of potential topics
WEEK 2 Session 3 and 4: The why – Ideas, framing research questions, considering the answer
WEEK 3 Session 5 and 6: The how – Methodology & methodology
WEEK 4 Session 7 and 8: The what and the when – Practicalities, Time, Information & Data
WEEK 5 Session 9 and 10: Accepting critique as a gift! SWOT analysis and peer review 1
WEEK 6 Session 11 and 12: Care and Caution: Research Ethics & Risk
WEEK 7 Session 13 and 14: Proposal Presentations (timing may vary depending on class size and timetable)
WEEK 8 Study Week
WEEK 9 Session 15 and 16: Another Gift! SWOT analysis and peer review 2
WEEK 10-12 These weeks have been reserved to give flexible space to class supported and proposal development

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Class (online/in class) based discussion and peer review. Enquiry and problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Students registering to ARCH30700 Research Project Prep must also register to EITHER CAHA30010 OR ARCH30880.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment(Including Essay): Short digital "presentation" of your proposed idea (details on Brightspace). Preceded in week 6 by a formative assessment in the form of an elevator pitch for your project. n/a Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Research Proposal: This is completed on a template (total word count 2500 - 3000) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

There will be an opportunity to discuss and get feedback on the proposal before final submission. Final submission receives UCD School of Archaeology standard feedback via Brightspace rubric and comments