DIT01 INSTITUTION Dublin Institute of Technology
The Philosophy and Practice of Doctoral Studies
TEACHING STAFF Lloyd Scott
SUBJECT AREA   NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS … CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of studentís work
10 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES     PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 6 ONLINE HOURS 2 12
ON LINE TUTORIALS Online support will be available to students HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 16 200
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT Discussion forum TOTAL 18 250
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 12 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA  
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

The Philosophy and Practice of Doctoral Studies begins the applied research sequence of the professional doctorate. This module is designed to enable candidates to fulfill some of the overall aims of the professional doctorate by providing an advanced introduction to the philosophy and practice of built environment research. It is expected that participants will be able understand, critically evaluate and themselves contribute to debates about research having participated in the unit. It will provide the candidate with an overview of the philosophical positions in research and the important position theory holds, along with creating a forum to debate the arguments and the justifications for particular methodological and methodical approaches to research. In summary the module is designed to introduce the participant to the professional doctorate and to provide the setting for students to become research literate in respect of understanding and application in the field of built environment research).

 

 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS

As a result of the development of critical understanding, participants will be able to:

  1. understand and evaluate the approaches to research described in published papers and be able to form critical judgments about the worth, value and effectiveness of such research
  2. make appropriate judgments about the approaches to research that can be most appropriately used in their own research so as to meet their own research objectives
  3. critically appraise the theories, principles, techniques and standards associated with built environment research.

 

See module assessment below

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

The aims of this module are to provide candidates with a critical understanding of:

  1. the philosophical issues concerned with the limits and possibilities of research as a means of gaining knowledge and understanding;
  2. the different forms of representation which can be used in the generation of knowledge; and
  3. those theories, principles, techniques and standards associated with built environment research.
 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE

Module content:
Development and origins of the professional doctorate
Research and the built environment professional
Philosophical approaches to research
The place of theory in research
The generation of new knowledge
The researcherís role and responsibility

Module Assessment:†
Participants will be expected to complete one written paper of 5,000 words which will involve one of the following:

  1. a critique of† a particular research methodology used in the field of built environment research;
  2. a critique/ evaluation of a research project completed; and
  3. a paper associated with built environment research agreed with your supervisor.

Indicative reading: To be updated later

Davis, GB. and Parker, CA (1997). Writing the Doctoral Dissertation. A Systematic Approach. Second edition. Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Sternberg, D (1981) How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation. St. Martin's Press
Gothoni, R (1996) How to Survive in Academia. Yliopistopaino. Helsinki University Press: Helsinki
Phillips, E and Pugh, D (2005) How to Get a PhD: A handbook for students and their supervisors, Open University Press: Milton Keynes
Wellington, J, Bathmaker, AM, Hunt, C and McCulloch , G (2005) Succeeding with Your Doctorate, SAGE: London