Module Title:Social Research Dissertation
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises/Case Studies – students will work as part of a team and will work together to discuss and evaluate scenarios related to lecture content. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials including discussion boards, blogs. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is equip students with the knowledge and skills to carry out an ethical piece of research in a social care setting
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a professional approach and ethical responsibility regarding research in social care.
LO2 Justify their choice of research methodology and give consideration to ethical issues throughout the research process.
LO3 Explore the use of ICT as a research tool
LO4 Write a critically focused literature review and identify the main topic areas for their literature review
LO5 Present their research proposal and show evidence of collaborative learning
LO6 Produce an academic thesis to a professional standard
LO7 Express the relevance and significance of the outcomes/conclusions of the research project
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ethical research issues
• Rights of participants, consent, power. • Conducting ethical research.
Preparing a Research Question
• Epistemology, Philosophy of scientific inquiry • Methodology - Examine examples of Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods, and Participatory Action Research. • Debate the main aspects of quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods and participatory action research methodology in Social Care. • Explore bias in research. • Social uses of research — role in decision-making • Writing research questions • Role of literature review • Choice of methodology • Collecting and analyzing data • Examining some examples of research in Social Care
My role in research
• My theoretical position in relation to research with human beings • Reflection on own role in research in social care. • Relationships with colleagues and participants. • Use of ICT as a research tool • Using a blog to record reflective learning journal. • Contributing to collaborative learning through discussion boards on Blackboard. • Participating in Asynchronous Learning Networks. • Using library and internet databases for research and literature review. • Make contact with a community group to explore their needs. • Teaching/sharing ICT skills with other students: Collaborative learning
Academic Thesis Writing:
Preparing and writing a coherent dissertation including: • Title/Abstract (10%) • Introduction: Context Research Question Objectives (15%) • Literature Review (15%) • Ethical issues (5%) • Methodology (10%) • Method (5%) • Results (10%) • Discussion (15%) • Conclusion (15%)
Section 5: Poster Presentation
• Collaborate with colleagues and local community to present research findings at a local symposium. • Making poster presentations • What makes a good poster presentation
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment 5.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Research proposal presented to peers 1,2,4,5 5.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Research dissertation (8000- 10,000 words) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 75.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Poster Presentation of research at symposium 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 20.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 0.67
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 0.33
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 5.67
Total Hours 200.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Mandatory