Short Title:Dissertation
Full Title:Dissertation
Module Code:DISS H4000
Credits: 12
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to enable the student to undertake independent research and study into an approved subject area under the guidance of an academic supervisor. This module challenges the student to apply and extend on the theoretical and analytical frameworks addressed through the programme in the study of their particular subject area.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an ability to identify and apply appropriate research methodologies
LO2 Write a coherent analysis and synthesis of source materials
LO3 Demonstrate the linguistic, conceptual and analytical skills necessary to engage in detailed analysis of their chosen theme
LO4 Deliver written work conforming to the style required of academic writing
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Research Proposal:
Preparation of 700 word proposal to include research topic, work schedule, project methodology and bibliography
Structured supervision will be offered on a weekly basis.
Written Document:
The final thesis will be in the order of 10,000 – 15,000 words and must be submitted on time in soft bound format.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Students are required to complete a written document of 4000 – 5000 words by the end of semester 7 with the final submission at the end of semester 8 being approximately 10,000 – 15,000. 1,2,3,4 100.00 Sem 1 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.

IT Tallaght 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
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Consultation meetings 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Research 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Thomas (Tom) R. Lindlof, Bryan C. (Copeland) Taylor, 2010, Qualitative Communication Research Methods, Sage [ISBN: 1412974739]
  • David Deacon... [et al.] 2007, Researching communications, Bloomsbury Academic [ISBN: 0340926996]
  • Jensen, K.B. 2002, Handbook of Media and Communications Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies, Routledge
  • Martyn Denscombe 2007, The good research guide, Open University Press Maidenhead [ISBN: 9780335220229]
  • Asa Berger, A. 2011, Media and Communication Research: An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Sage
  • Asa Berger, A. 2004, Media analysis techniques, Sage
  • Flick, U. 2009, An Introduction to Qualitative Research, Sage
  • May, T. 2002, Qualitative research in Action, Sage
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources