Under the supervision of an academic staff member, students carry out a final year research project that addresses a central question or issue in depth, allowing independent or team investigations into a relevant area followed by individual compilation of a written dissertation based on critical evaluation and reflection. Project research and associated assessments on project management, writing and presentation skills are normally completed within one semester. A range of final year project types are possible to ensure students have the opportunity to address interdisciplinary issues, to facilitate different types of learners and to promote engagement with community, industry and international partners. If the project is performed in an external host institution or industrial setting, the student(s) will have an external supervisor as well as a nominated DIT supervisor to support assessment. Each of the project types may be carried out nationally or internationally through an Erasmus stage. The following final year project types are offered:
Choice of research topic and contacting supervisor and external party where applicable. Appraisal of research ethics and risk assessment for project of choice. Approval to commence project. Introduction to research laboratory/product development facilities and protocols where applicable.
Introduction to research methodology. Introduction to the preparation of an undergraduate dissertation. Searching literature, accessing information and using it correctly Familiarisation with DIT Library Services. Drafting a literature review. Planning research approach and methodology. Collection and recording of results. Compilation and submission of Mid Project progress report. Drafting of methodology and results chapters. Finalising literature review, methodology and results chapters. Drafting of discussion and recommendations chapters. Finalising discussion and recommendations chapters. Completion of dissertation. Oral presentation where applicable.
Projects are offered and allocated on a preference and ranking basis in the Semester preceding the research semester. Students are expected to submit their ethics and risk assessment by Week 1 to school office Students are expected to commence projects on Week 1 of the research semester.
Each student or group of students is allocated a supervisor to support their individual or group based project research project. Supervisors will guide the students on a one to one or group basis. Students are expected to communicate regularly with their supervisor in order to progress the research project and complete assessments in a timely manner within the research Semester.
Students are also required to attend the research support module (TFPJ4000) either in person or online, which complements the role of the individual supervisor.
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