Module Title:Academic Research Writing
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures — communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the learners. • E- learning — The module will be supported by online learning materials. •Self-Directed independent learning - The programme for the student is characterised by a high degree of independent learning in consultation with lecturer/supervisor • Tutorials – learners will be guided through their individual essay writing process through tutorial support. • Formative feedback: Formative feedback will be provided on learner activity and essay writing progress at key stages throughout the module.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to guide the learner through the process of researching and writing an extended essay in a design related subject area, from research and analysis to presentation of the final essay.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Structure and write an academic essay.
LO2 Locate, record and evaluate a range of primary and secondary scholarly research material such as books, reports, peer reviewed journals, etc. using a range of library facilities such as catalogues and online databases.
LO3 Integrate analysis of literature with primary analysis of design practice in an essay.
LO4 Apply the language, styles and conventions of academic essay writing including the Harvard referencing system.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Essay Writing Overview and Planning
The learner will be guided in the preparation of an academic research essay. In order to ensure the essay meets all the learning outcomes, the learner will select a topic from a list of suitable topics. Guidance will be provided on planning, research and analysis, structure and coherence, drafting, editing and rewriting, referencing and presentation.
Research, Critical Evaluation and Structural Framework
Effective library research methods. Identification and critical evaluation of scholarly works, studies, models etc. supporting the topic. Achieving depth and breadth of analysis of the literature. Integrate analysis of literature with primary analysis of design practice in an essay. Refining the research topic, defining key terms and developing a structural framework for the essay.
Writing and Presentation
Integration and synthesis of sources, structural coherence and presentation, academic style and referencing.
Design Studio (Resource)
Design Studio - a dedicated space designed to allow for studio based learning. This space is specific to a particular learning group. While used to deliver studio based education the space is available to be used outside the time frame of the working day. It provides a safe learner driven, peer-reviewed environment, supported on a one-to-one basis. It supports the synthesis of parallel concurrent modular knowledge, skills and competency with prior learning & personal aesthetic judgement, to resolve specific design research question/s.
Computers/Plotters/Printers (Resource)
Computers/Plotters/Printers – in this year each learner requires the use of a personal computer of suitable specification to run software used on the design programme. There should be access to the internet and the IT Carlow library databases, blackboard and turnitin.There should be access to printing and plotting facilities in order to complete final deliverables.
Software (Resource)
Software on student PCs - Microsoft Office software and a recent version of EndNote referencing software.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Essay Plan (1000 words) 1,2,4 10.00 Week 3
Essay Draft Essay (2000 words) 1,2,3,4 20.00 Week 7
Essay Complete Essay (3000 words) 1,2,3,4 60.00 Week 13
Other Throughout module, learner awareness, engagement and development of Institutional and sectoral graduate attributes is captured on a Likert Scale range; including module participation, contribution, collaboration, professionalism etc.. 1,2,3,4 10.00 Ongoing
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Assignment Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_DHPDI_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design Innovation 6 Mandatory
CW_DHIDE_D Bachelor of Arts in Design 6 Mandatory