EDUC43350 Educational Research Writing

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module prepares students for to for conduct a piece of research and write it up, in their chosen field.
Students will be introduced to the key components of a literature review (current knowledge in field; substantive findings in recent literature in a field; methodological and theoretical concerns), and will develop a clear understanding of how to interrogate these components, when writing their own Literature Review.

Students will learn how to use library and online tools to support their writing (databases, search engines etc); students will learn how to carry out an appraisal of existing literature; students will learn how to use the literature review to prepare a series of academic questions to investigate, develop written critiques of samples of academic papers/journal articles, and learn to synthesis/analyse academic writing (book chapters, articles, reports).

Student will learn how to develop their own writing in such a way that they can provide clears account of secondary literature, without breaching any of the regulations concerning plagiarism.

Students will learn how to prepare their written work using academic conventions, and learn how to proof and correct written work. To develop the necessary skills (including library use), and to benefit from the learning, the module coordinator will commence working with the class during trimester one, and continue giving inputs in trimester two, while delivering the main content in trimester three, in workshops, seminars and classes. Peer-reviewing of sample writing will be conducted in class, and students will learn how to evaluate samples of academic writing.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will be able to:
Conduct a literature review; select samples of academic papers and chapters, to prepare a literature review draft, on a thematic area; prepare a table of contents, a bibliography and a sample set of appendices, for a report/chapter; critically evaluate samples of academic writing (articles, reports and chapters).

Indicative Module Content:

How to conduct a literature review; how to use library tools to manage your data; preparing an outline of a literature review; developing an argument in your writing; providing a synthesis and analysis of relevant literature in your field; using illustrative material in your written work; paraphrasing and quoting correctly in your work; creating a bibliography and appendices; reviewing, editing and proofing work for submission/publication; regulations concerning plagiarism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active task-based learning; independent writing activities; peer reviewing; library searching; independent reading activities; critical writing; presentation of student work; attendance at appropriate UCD Library training for graduate scholars. 
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
Portfolio: Portfolio of work, and students must attend all tutorials and complete the portfolio tasks associated with this module. The portfolio of work is completed across the module. Unspecified n/a Other 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
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will complete academic writing tasks during the course of this module, and will submit draft writing for comment and review feedback, as they develop their learning.

Name Role
Dr Catriona Delaney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 37 Mon 10:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 37 Thurs 10:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 37 Tues 10:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 37 Wed 10:00 - 15:50