AD2831: Group Research Project

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
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: 24 x 1hr(s) Lectures; 6 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 20hr(s) Other (self-directed learning); 140hr(s) Directed Study (group work and 6 hrs presentations)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: The objective of this module is to introduce the concept of negotiated learning through the development of research and group work skills. The emphasis focuses on the research process and outcome. This involves full attendance in class, the use of communication skills, mutual respect and support for the other participants in the group.
Module Content: The content of the group work proejct will be limited to topics covered on the Diploma.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Complete a literature review and formulate a hypothesis (research question).
  • Carry out a research project and interpret the findings.
  • Discuss the implications for this research with an emphasis on ethics and confidentiality and respect for everyone involved in the research process.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a group.
  • Present the research findings in an oral and written format within a group context and be able to give and receive feedback.
  • Critically evaluate personal skills in working with others and adapting strategies as necessary.
  • Plan, carry out and evaluate a 'rehearsal' session within the group.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the risks associated with communicating online and strategies to implement safety measures where possible.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (3,000 word written group project, 130 marks; Oral group presentation to class and lecturers and staff drawn from ACE, 50 marks; 500 word individual reflective statement of group project, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
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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