CHEN40650 Research Methodologies

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will provide techniques and strategies of relevance to students preparing for a research project. One of the primary outcomes of this module is the completion of a Literature Review in a specified research topic that will form the basis of the Research Project in Trimester 3.

The follow topic areas will be addressed

1. Principles of critical review of prior research, including information mining using resources available at UCD (hard-copy, as well as electronic resources), as well as other sources;
2. Statistical Analysis and Design of Experiments;
3. Best practices in written presentations.
4. Best practices in oral presentations.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Complete an in-depth critical analysis (written) of an original primary research paper involving an advanced topic of research; 2. Gather and assess information from a broad range of sources relating to a specific field of research; 3. Develop a strategy for the investigation and solution of an open-ended project relating to their selected field of research; 4. Communicate the results of a full literature review in an efficient and concise manner.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered (remotely) to students in Year 2 of the part-time MEngSc Biopharmaceutical Engineering programme and is intended to prepare and support students in preparation for their Research Project in Trimester 3 (CHEN40140). 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature Review Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Project proposal Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Review of primary research paper Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback project proposal will be ongoing during development of the proposal. Feedback on journal review will be available on the day of assessment. Feedback on lit review can be requested by emailing the module teacher subsequently.

Name Role
Professor Niall Barron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Daniela Boehm Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Colin Clarke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Melissa Hoare Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Susan McDonnell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr James Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Anita Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Georg Pesch Lecturer / Co-Lecturer