AD2022: Research Skills in Leadership in the Community

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 7 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 6 x 1hr(s) Fieldwork (and data gathering); 6 x 1hr(s) Other (supervision); 3 x 1hr(s) Orals (oral presentation)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Introduce the students to the area of research and its importance; methods of research and ethical practice, thus enabling them to undertake a research project relevant to Community Development.
Module Content: Introduction to social research, methodological approaches, methods and presentation, with an emphasis on research carried out within the Traveller community.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate practical skills in the area of research design.
  • Exercise effective work practice skills within the group, displaying a competence in negotiated learning.
  • Recognise the role of task within groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the princples of research and enquiry.
  • Identify a range of research methods and their appropriate uses and practical applications.
  • Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative data and evaluate their usefulness in terms of the overall research objectives.
  • Design an original research question and demonstrate analytical skills within this area.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to move through the various stages; defining research question, carrying out the active research (fieldwork/ seminar), analysis, report writing.
  • Display a professional commitment to ethical practice. Present research findings in both oral and written formats.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 5,000 word group research project, 100 marks; Individual oral presentation, 50 marks; 1 x 700 word research journal entry, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Attendance at lectures and tutorials. Attendance will be monitored by a class register.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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