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Business & Humanities




  • Management & Enterprise
  • Marketing & International Business
  • Organisation & Professional Development

Team Members

  • Mary Oldham
  • Dr Rose Leahy
  • Nollaig O’Sullivan
  • Aileen Cotter
  • Michele McManus


Identify approaches that may positively influence behaviours and attitudes to unscheduled hours.

Key outcomes/findings

Four focus groups were conducted using a sample of students from 1st to 4th year in the Department of Management & Enterprise and the key findings were as follows:

  • Directed and self-directed study - there was agreement across all four years that there was a lack of understanding of the term self-directed study.
  • Assessment/Strategies/Groupwork
    • Further examination of assessment strategies when dealing with large groups is needed particularly in the area of groupwork.
    • It was evident from the research findings that there was wide divergence of thoughts on groupwork particularly the formation of groups and the time spent working in groups.

Research findings were published in the Irish Business Journal:

An Evaluation of the Student Experience to Inform Strategic Decision Making in Tertiary Education

Ms Aileen Cotter, Ms Michele McManus, Mrs Mary Oldham, Ms Nollaig O’Sullivan

Irish Business Journal, Volume 10, Number 1, 2017

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