STU44091 – MSISS Final Year Project

Module CodeSTU44091
ECTS Weighting[1] 20 ECTS – Capstone
Semester taughtSemester 1 & 2
Module Coordinator/s  Lecturing staff: Assistant Professor Aideen Keaney and allocated supervisors

Module Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1. Demonstrate a degree of research expertise in a particular subject area;
LO2. Show that they have engaged in a critical understanding of their subject including a project
literature review and evaluation;
LO3. Understand and apply appropriate quantitative techniques in research and enquiry;
LO4. Address a moderate sized problem on behalf of a client, select and justify an appropriate
approach, and follow that approach systematically;
LO5. Undertake the execution of the project at the required level of analysis, design, and technical skill;
LO6. Recognise ethical issues that may arise when conducting research;
LO7. Present the findings, conclusions and recommendations in a project report.

Module Content

The aims of the project are to integrate the theoretical and practical knowledge of the student across all of the years of their study and to provide a practical demonstration of their capability in executing a challenging and large-scale research project.

Students may select a project from the list of project proposals issued to them, or alternatively they can propose their own projects.  Students and their supervisors will be allocated by the Module Coordinator. Students are not always guaranteed a project in their preferred area of choice.

Teaching and learning Methods

Capstone Project

Assessment Details

To pass the module, students must achieve an overall mark of 40

Assessment ComponentBrief DescriptionLearning Outcomes Addressed% of totalWeek setWeek Due
Project ReportLO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, L06, L07100%S1, week 2/3S2, week 10

Reassessment Details

Resubmission of Project Report (100%)

Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:5 hours
Lecture4 hours
Laboratory0 hours
Tutorial or seminar0 hours
Other (Interim Presentation)1 hours
Independent study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:0 hours
Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable0 hours
completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)400-500 hours
Total Hours400-500 hours

Recommended Reading List

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Module Website


[1] TEP Glossary

[2] TEP Guidelines on Workload and Assessment