Module Title:Dissertation Level 8
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Self-Direct Independent Learning: The dissertation provides the student with the opportunity to develop critical and independent thinking. Students are guided by the supervisor, but essentially are provided with the opportunity to engage in self-motivated, independent research. The emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop student's research, critical writing and thinking skills. The essence of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the theories, ideas, skills and techniques from their programme to a business subject area of personal, academic and/or career interest to them. Students will have to choose the topic, approach and methodology to a management issue and present an evidence based analysis of the primary and secondary research of their self-managed work. It is the intention of the dissertation module to develop a body of knowledge within the institute that contributes to the continuing evolution and development of business, both nationally in the Irish economy and internationally.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Develop an appropriate research question/hypotheses for investigation
LO2 Locate, analyse and synthesise a body of source material (including primary and secondary) appropriate to the research topic of his/her dissertation
LO3 Evaluate the research method options available to a researcher and justify the methodology chosen for his/her dissertation
LO4 Conduct independent primary research examining the research aims/objectives of their proposal
LO5 Critically assess and compare his/her findings with existing evidence and propose further recommendations based on the findings.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Statement of problem and possible objectives; feasibility and effort expended; writing and referencing
Introduction and Objectives
Appropriate abstract, statement of problem/background to study; clarity of objectives
Literature Review
Breadth and depth of material cited; Level of critical analysis; Integration of objectives within the literature
Research Method
Theory behind research method options available; Justification for research method chosen; Research Instrument developed; Quality including; reliability, validity, feasibility, limitations and ethics; Project management, effort and originality.
Results and Findings
Expression and presentation of results; basis of results; final results
Discussion of problems and evidence; discussion related to the literature; synthesis of arguments made; professionalism of discussion
Conclusions and recommendations
Relationship to objectives; Strength of conclusions; Recommendations (feasible, appropriate).
Written Report
Standard of expression; Referencing (accuracy, completeness); Professionalism of report.
Other Relevant Information
Dissertation Document comprising of between 10,000 to 12,000 words; Individualy appointed supervisor; Oral presentation may be required; Logbook.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Research Proposal 1 5.00 n/a
Essay Literature Review 2 20.00 n/a
Written Report Final Dissertation Submission 1,2,3,4,5 75.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Every Week 0.25
Independent Learning Every Week 6.75
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 0.25
Independent Learning Time Every Week 6.75
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

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