Short Title:MSc Research Project - 60
Full Title:MSc Research Project - 60
Module Code:MSIT H6060
ECTS credits: 60
NFQ Level:9
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Anthony Keane
Module Description:This research module builds on your existing postgraduate experience to enable you to complete your training as a researcher. You’ll develop a research proposal by identifying and explaining a research problem relevant to your MSc. Your research will involve a literature review, data collection, data analysis, results and conclusions. You will then communicate the outcome of your research through presentations and dissertation report.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in planning tasks and solving problems during a research project.
  2. Prepare a comprehensive review or critical evaluation of existing research literature and/or professional guidance on a specific topic.
  3. Evaluate the research findings in relation to applicable techniques, theoretical limitations and experimental or design considerations.
  4. Analyse data showing originality in its interpretation in relation to scientific literature.
  5. Synthesise appropriate conclusions and findings through knowledge and systematic understanding of the research process and any limitations of the work.
  6. Communicate the outcomes of research to professional standards through a dissertation, poster and oral presentation.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Proposed content:
 Research Methods Workshops  Project proposal  Feasibility evaluation  Review of relevant research and technical information  Project planning, monitoring and management  Problem Analysis  Solution design and test/evaluation plan  Implementation  Testing and evaluation  Conclusions
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Project proposal outlining the research question(s), the reasons for the importance of the research question(s) and the proposed approach to answering the research question(s). 1 5.00 Week 3
Performance Evaluation Progress report covering the work done so far in the research project. Comparison of the progress with respect to the original plan and revision of plan for completion of project. 2,3 10.00 Week 10
Presentation Poster and/or Project talk 4,5,6 15.00 Week 28
Written Report Dissertation 2,3,4,5,6 70.00 Week 30
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.
Reassessment Description
The research project can only be reassessed by the student undertaking a new research project.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 20.00
Every Week 160.00
Every Week 20.00
Every Week 1,000.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kate L. Turabian 2013, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing), Eighth Edition Edition Ed., University of Chicago Press Staff [ISBN: 978-02268163]
  • Yvonne N. Bui 2014, How to Write a Master's Thesis, 2nd Edition Ed. [ISBN: 978-145220351]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_KMACS_M Master of Science in Computing in Applied Cyber Security (Research) 2 Mandatory