RDEV40230 Minor Thesis

Academic Year 2022/2023

This component is based primarily on field research and analysis, while in exceptional cases desk research may replace field research. In this module the student develops and pursues a set of research questions related to a topic of interest within the broad field of rural development and will be guided by an assigned academic supervisor.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate an ability to present a research proposal related to a rural development issue.2.. Demonstrate an ability to plan and undertake field and desk research.3. Demonstrate an ability to review and present literature underpinning the research topic.4. Demonstrate an ability to present and analyse data.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will submit written research proposals and drafts of each chapter of the minor thesis to their academic supervisor who will read and discuss the material with the student. 
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
Project: Minor thesis Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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?

The research proposal will be critiqued by the academic supervisor who will discuss the proposal with the student. Each draft of the minor thesis will be reviewed by the supervisor who will then discuss the chapter with the student in a timely manner (and within 20 days of submission of the material).

Name Role
Assoc Professor Pádraig Wims Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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