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On completion of this Module Students will
• Have selected and shaped a research project that is of substantial interest to you.
• Have planned, researched, drafted a project proposal.
• Have presented your work as a work in progress.
• Have benefitted from responding to feedback and discussion.
• Have undertaken the drafting, revising and editing needed to achieve satisfactory research work.
• Have experienced the rewards of independent learning.
• Have presented your findings to your peers nationally and internationally.
Independent Study Project Provisional Outline
18/01 Developing and Enhancing Research Ideas (EJ)
25/01 Academic and Review Writing and Referencing/ Research Proposals (EJ)
Individual Consultation with Module Convenor: (EJ)
Meetings Scheduled individually
01/02 Presentation of your Project Idea/ Plan to full class (5%)
(c. 8 mins per speaker – about 300 words)
Present an outline of your project.
A more detailed Proposal to be handed up and this should include:
a) Task or Research Question
b) Contain a time-line outlining your plans
c) Include an initial Bibliography
(All projects to be submitted to Module Convenor for Approval. Proposals then circulated to staff)
08/02 First meeting with Supervisor
15/02 Work in Progress presentation-
This is an oral presentation based on your written Work in Progress Document (500 words), which is to be submitted today.
Each student presents to full class (c. 8 mins per person- 300 words) (5%) (EJ)
Outline: How the work is progressing, what problems/challenges you have encountered and how you have dealt with them, what new things have you discovered.
22/02 Second Meeting with Supervisor
01/03 No class
05/03 Submit 1. Sample Chapter/ Introduction (15%)
Submit 2. Project Plan/ Resource Assessment
Draft introduction/ sample chapter and overall thesis structure to be presented to supervisor. In addition, a short assessment of the research resources available must also be presented
22/03 Full Group Meeting
Short presentation -Articulate Your Challenges/Opportunities
(5% of overall mark) (EJ)
29/03 Submit full Draft to Supervisor
If no draft is presented, feedback is not possible
05/04 Final consultation with Supervisor
12/04 No Class
23/04 3 pm- Submission Electronic Copies of work submitted on Bright Space
(Also send electronic copies to your thesis supervisor)
TBC Opportunity to Present your work to Peers across Universities (Optional)
• You must arrange and keep appointments with your supervisor.
• Meetings with supervisor will take place during class times, unless agreed otherwise by you and your supervisor
• You must have work completed for each appointment.
• If no draft presented, feedback is not possible
• Late work will lose grades as per the regulations of the school- two grade points per week
• Late work may mean that you will miss the examination boards and end up delaying your graduation.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
Contemporary Ireland on Stage
Performance in Everyday life
To Take this module a student must be in their final year of study.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Work in progress||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: FINAL PROJECT||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback is offered on Research Proposal, WIP statement and on a draft of the research project.
|Dr Emma Bennett||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Fiona Charleton||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Ciarán Leinster||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|