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MUSC8032 - Dissertation 2

Title:Dissertation 2
Long Title:Dissertation 2
Module Code:MUSC8032
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: SUSAN O REGAN
Module Description: This module enables the learner to carry out systematic investigation in an area relating to music history, music education/psychology, critical editing or Irish traditional music, which may be biographical, historical, or related to cultural or literary/background influences, or involve field work. This module completes the presentation of research findings in an area for which a research plan has already been designed and an extensive literature review completed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply critical thinking to aspects of the chosen topic in the areas of analysis, musicology, field work or editing
LO2 Develop an appropriate structure for the research findings
LO3 Present findings in a standard scholarly dissertation
LO4 Use appropriate academic referencing, formatting and scholarly writing
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

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.

Successful completion of module MUSC8031 Dissertation 1

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Draft outline
Proposal for structure of the project.
Chapter drafts
To be developed with guidance of the supervisor and submitted regularly for ongoing assessment.
Full dissertation
A 9,000-13,000 word dissertation in standard format, or in the case of field work or critical editing, an equivalent body of work with full commentary.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Expanded outline and either a draft chapter, or in the case of empirical study or critical editing, a detailed description of research method/analytical techniques or editorial procedure 1,3,4 15.0 Week 8
Reflective Journal Regular reflections on the stages of the research process and the decision making that informs it. 1,2,3,4 15.0 Week 12
Essay Completed dissertation 1,2,3,4 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
Tutorial Research skills, writing skills 0.33 Every Week 0.33
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Development of research skills, independent research, writing 6.67 Every Week 6.67
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.33
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Gary Thomas 2017, How to do your Research Project: A Guide for Students, 3rd ed Ed., Sage [ISBN: 9781473948877]
  • Modern Language Association 2016, MLA Handbook, 8th ed. Ed. [ISBN: 9781603292627]
  • Judith Bell and Stephen Waters 2014, Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers, McGraw-Hill [ISBN: 9780335264469]
  • Laurie J. Sampsel 2009, Music Research: a Handbook, Oxford University Press New York [ISBN: 9780195171198]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bruce Ballenger 2011, The Curious Researcher, 7th edition Ed., Longman [ISBN: 9780205172870]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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