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SS1805: Introduction to Research Methods in Youth and Community Work

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.
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: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 6 x 1hr(s) Other (supervision); 80hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed study plus 80 hours research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To introduce participants to basic research skills and undertake a research project relevant to youth and community issues.
Module Content: Research skills, design, methodology and presentation.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define a research problem and select an appropriate topic for research.
  • Select a research design choosing one or more research methods.
  • Discuss the implications for this research with an emphasis on ethics and confidentiality and respect for everyone involved in the research process.
  • Carry out research and interpret the findings.
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the group and agree ways to overcome difficulties (to include goal setting, negotiation of role and responsibilities).
  • Carry out an oral presentation within a group context.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Group Project 4,000 words, 80 marks; Individual Statement of learning, 1,500 words, 60 marks; Presentation, 40 marks; Class Contribution, 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, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% 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% All elements of assessment must be passed independently.
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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