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PLAC7007 - Research Preparation

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Title:Research Preparation
Long Title:Research Preparation
Module Code:PLAC7007
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Placement
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: November 2021
Module Coordinator: TOM O CONNOR
Module Author: MARGARET O KEEFFE
Module Description: The key aim of this research module is to support the student in the application of core research skills to the identification of a relevant research question and to the selection of research approaches and methods in a community context. The module seeks to equip students with the advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the key debates that underpin sociological research and provide a basis for more advanced community research work.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the key debates that underpin community research.
LO2 Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of diverse research methods and their application to research.
LO3 Select from the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches a suitable approach to researching an identified research question in the community.
LO4 Produce a range of frameworks for critiquing a body of literature.
LO5 Apply a reflective approach to the research process.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of the Research Process
Research concepts; the research topic, the research question and its formulation; literature review; research approaches and methods; the literature review.
Methods and Methodology
Emancipatory research; feminist research, dialogical interviewing, interpretative, positivistic approaches, reflexivity in the research process.
Identifying a Research Question
Identifying a research question; reviewing the literature; practical versus abstract knowledge; hypothesis testing or generating. Constructing variables; developing a methodology.
Thesis Writing
The format of thesis writing; report construction, identifying the various components of a report. Adopting an appropriate register; presentation of quantitative findings, presentation of interview material.
Ethics
Research ethics; feminist research ethics; ethical research and 'vulnerable' communities.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Critique A critique of the key debates underpinning community research 1,5 10.0 Week 6
Essay A critical analysis of core research papers 2,3 20.0 Week 8
Written Report Literature review 2,3,4 70.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Preparation of project specifications 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture/Workshop 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Directed Learning Preparation of project specifications 10.0 Every Week 10.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Eileen Kane and Mary O’Reilly-deBrún 2001, Doing Your Own Research: In the Field and on the Net, Boyan Press London [ISBN: 0714530433]
  • Fabb, N. and Durant, A. 1993, How to Write Essays, Dissertations and Theses, Longman, London [ISBN: 10:0582089778]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bell, J. 1991, Doing Your Own Research: A Guide for First Time Researchers, 4th Ed., Ch. 1 - 4, Open University McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 033521504]
  • Bulmer, M., Bales, K. and Sklar, K.K. (eds) 1991, The Social Survey in Historical Perspective 1880-1940, Cambridge University Press Cambridge [ISBN: 10: 0521363349/ISBN-13: 978-0521363341]
  • Cooke, I. and Shaw, M. 1997, Radical Community Work. Perspectives from Practice, Moray House Edinburgh [ISBN: 10: 0901580813/ISBN-13: 978-0901580818]
  • Creswell, J.W 2013, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design - Choosing Among Five Approaches, 3rd Ed., Sage Thousand Oaks, California [ISBN: 9781412995311]
  • Dunsmuir, L 1991, How to Do Social Research, Collins Educational London [ISBN: 10: 000322242X/ISBN-13: 978-0003222425]
  • Everett, A. and Gibson, A. 2010, Making it Work: Researching in the Voluntary Sector, The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector [ISBN: 10: 0907203167/ISBN-13: 978-0907203162]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Bryman, A 1988, The debate about qualitative and quantitative research: A question of method or epistemology?, British Journal of Sociology, 33, 75-92
  • Fawcett, L. 2007, The Recruitment of Women to Local Politics in Ireland: A Case Study, Irish Political Studies, Vol. 7
  • Kenny, M., McNeely, E., Shevlin, M., Daly, T 2000, Hidden Voices: Young people with disability speak about their second level schooling, South West Regional Authority
  • Mulcahy, M. 2002, Ballyphehane Community Project, Combat Poverty Publications
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 5 Mandatory

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