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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
Level 7
ECTS: 15
Research Project
Reference M3.4
Year 3
Semester 1 & 2
12 weeks in Semester 1 plus
Allocation of a Mentor/Supervisor in Semester 2

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
Identify and research a well-defined ICT related area.
Review existing secondary information, which will be used to inform this project.
Select the appropriate primary research tool/s for collecting empirical data relevant to the problem definition under investigation.
Demonstrate fundamental skills in the areas of research planning, taking initiative, information retrieval and analysis in relation to this project.
Explore and develop a suitable technical solution(s) to a real-world problem or need.
Plan and propose a strategy for the application of a computer-based system within the constraints of a given project.
Apply knowledge, skills and competencies acquired throughout the programme to implement a substantial computer-based system.
Develop a written report demonstrating the research findings and present well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations which will hold currency in the ICT marketplace.
Pitch and defend the project to an audience of your peers.

List the teaching and learning modes

.The mode of instruction for the Semester One related content will predominately be a didactic lecture, with some web-assisted teaching through the College’s VLE (Moodle). The lectures will be supported with Face to Face (F2F) Workshops emphasising Discussions and Debates on the relevant Research Project problem definition and suitability for further investigation.

  • Face to Face Learner Collaboration including
  • Small Group Work
  • Discussion and Debate
  • Role Play

Project and Assessment work In Semester 2, the learner is allocated a Mentor/Supervisor who will assist in the organisation of the above collaboration.


This module requires the learner to investigate, propose, design, implement, test, document and present an individual project. The project is a capstone module running over semesters one and two in stage three and provides learners with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme. It is envisaged that the learner will produce a useful item of software, with significant challenges and depth
Part 1: Project Proposal=10%
Part 2: Practical Project Software Evaluation= 40%
Part 3: Project Report and Documentation=30%
Part 4: Project Presentation and Demonstration=20%

Reassessment Opportunity

Learners, who fail to achieve 40% mark in an assessment, will be given an opportunity to repeat the assessment. Capped at 40%.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this module is to equip learners with the skills and tools necessary for research within ICT with the primary output being the production of an artefact.   This module facilitates learners’ to formulate a final practical project which synergises learnings as well as knowledge, skills and competencies within a framework.

  • Appraise a topic in ICT in considerable depth.
  • Display independent learning, creativity and time-management
  • Select, plan and organise the project
  • Devise solutions to problems encountered by applying concepts and skills gained in taught modules on the programme.
  • Show proficiency in at least one programming language.
  • Engage practical agile methodologies for example SCRUM in practice.
  • Develop research, proposal and report writing, and presentation skills.

This capstone acts as an integrative and culminating module and is central to the learner’s ability to demonstrate the core skills and knowledge needed at this level.  It encourages the learner to think critically, solve challenging problems and develop skills such as project management, research skills, planning, self-sufficiency and goal orientation.