Students Learning with Communities

Here will you find completed research projects which have been collaboratively produced by DIT students, staff and community partners.

 

Every project published here has been evaluated positively by either the supervising lecturer and/or the community partner, but not necessarily by both. This is in order to allow for the range of perspectives on standards of excellence and applicability that are relevant in collaborative research.

We would ask that if you use, or build upon this work, please credit the relevant Author(s) and drop us an email for update to slwc@dit.ie

 

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Evaluation of the performance of the blight resistant potato Bionca and carrier oils in comparison to Rooster potatoes and traditional oils in the production of healthier crisps. This project was undertaken by Aoife Mitchell as part of her BSc Nutraceuticals in Health & Nutrition. This was a collaborative project with Lifeline. This project was supervised by Dr Barry Ryan. Click here to view

Economical and Sustainable Non-Crisp, Healthy, Potato Snacks Development. This project was undertaken by Emily Geraghty as part of her BSc in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition in collaboration with DesIreland. This project was supervised by Dr Barry Ryan. Click here to viewClick here to viewClick here to view

Social Welfare Appeals in Ireland.This project was undertaken by LLB full time and part time students; Laura English, Floretta Lewis, Ruth Moore, Lyndsay O’Sullivan and Rachel Power. This project was supervised by Deirdre McGowan. Click here to view

Access to housing in Ireland. This project was undertaken by LLB full time and part time students; Jordan Davin, Shannon Fitzell, Andreea-Elena Ghibirgiu, Christian Jolley, Kevin Kiernan, Holly Laher Pearse McCloskey Kiernan, Sean Mc Gill, Alison Murray and Gavin Ward. This project was supervised by Deirdre McGowan. Click here to view

Alcohol Analysis of Breath and Urine to Support Drink Driving Awareness in Students. This project was undertaken by Megan Haverty as part of her BSc Chemical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry in collaboration with the college awareness of road safety (CARS) initiative. This project was supervised by Dr Vanessa Murphy. Click here to view

Work placement Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. This project was undertaken by Ibrahim Altabaai in collaboration with the Men’s Health Forum of Ireland and was supervised by Helen Murray-O’Connor as part of Ibrahim’s MSc in Geographic Information Science. Click here to view

Work placement Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. This project was undertaken by Ashling Fenton in collaboration with the Men’s Health Forum of Ireland and was supervised by Helen Murray-O’Connor as part of Ashling’s MSc in Geographic Information Science. Click here to view

Cooperative Housing Systems. This project was undertaken by 4th year Bachelor of Architecture students, Shane Madden, Andrew McAllister, Kieran Brady, John Flynn, Emma Conway, Holly Carton, Yi Shi, Benjamin Cooney and Sean Conlon-Smith in collaboration with Dublin Housing Co-operative and Cl U id Housing Association and OIKONET. This project was supervised by Jim Roche. Click here to view

Northside Partnership Healthy Communities Pilot Area Walkability Audit. This project was undertaken by Lin Zhao and Meadhbh Ni Lochlainn in collaboration with the Northside Partnership and was supervised by David O’Connor as part of Lin and Meadhbh’s MSc in Sustainable Development. Click here to view

MSc Sustainable Development group project on the Environmental Design and Management of Darndale Park. This project was undertaken by MSc Sustainable Development studentsDaniel Blanchfield, Andrea Culjak, Meadhbh Ní Lochlainn, Orla Gilleece, Lin Zhao, Niall Thomas, John Lucey and Zainab Mansary. This project was supervised by Ciaran Cuffe. Click here to view

How can delivery of a Digital Media Technology ePortfolio, bridge the gap between Adult and Community Education and further education, training and employment, from a tutor and student perspective. This study was undertaken by Geraldine Mc Cann Cleary as part of her MSc in E-learning in collaboration with the Adult and Community Education Centre in Ballymun supervised by Claire McAvinia. This research presents a Case Study on Digital Media Technology ePortfolios in from the perspective of students and tutors. This project was supervised by Click here to view

OCD Ireland – Reaching GPs: A community-based research project examining how OCD Ireland’s communication is received by General Practitioners. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by David Callaghan and Laura Desilles in collaboration with OCD Ireland, and was supervised by Edward Brennan and Catherine Bates. This research was completed by David and Laura on the Foundations in Community-Based Research module, part of their MA in Public Relations.

 

The experience of progressing from Community Education to Third level Education from a learner’s perspective. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by Alan Farrell in collaboration with AONTAS, and was supervised by Vincent Farrell. This research was completed by Alan as part of his MA in Higher Education.

 

An analysis of road safety and older driver behaviour. Click here to view.

This research project, by Tara McHugh, in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit as part of the College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project, was supervised by Victor Hrymak. Tara conducted the research as part of her MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety Management.

 

Driver Behaviour near Schools in South County Dublin. Click here to view.

This research project, by Bernadette King, in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit as part of the College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project , was supervised by Victor Hrymak. Bernadette conducted the research as part of her M.Sc in Environmental Health and Safety.

 

The Use of Knowledge Management Techniques to Aid Learning Retention in On-line Learning Environments. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by Frank O'Reilly in collaboration with the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, and was supervised by Deirdre Lawless. This research was completed by Frank as part of his MSc. in Computing (Knowledge Management).

 

Community-Based Internet Usage Policy Development. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by Mashael Alhawsah in collaboration with DIT's Computer Learning in Communities Programme, which works with inner-city community organisations and DEIS schools to promote the benefits and successful use of ICT in education. The research was supervised by Deirdre Lawless. Mashael undertook this research as part of the M.Sc. in Computing (Knowledge Management).

 

Exploring the use of the Web 2.0 tools to support knowledge sharing within the non profit sector. This project was undertaken by Christina Shannon in collaboration with the LIFELINE project, and was supervised by Deirdre Lawless as part of Christina's MSc in Computing (Knowledge Management). Click here to read.

The Lifeline Project - from tacit to explicit knowledge - knowledge acquisition and modelling. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by John Brogan, Marcus McQuiston, Leah Moriarty, and Christina Shannon, in collaboration with Kaethe Burt O'Dea and the Lifeline project, supervised by Deirdre Lawless. This research project was completed by the four students as part of their Knowledge Acquisition and Modelling module on the MSc in Computing (Information and Knowledge Management).

 

Stepping Stone, Community Education, a Stepping Stone to Third Level Education. This project was undertaken by Lorraine Perkins in collaboration with AONTAS and was supervised by Phil Keogh as part of her MSc in Child,Family & Community Studies. Click here to read.

To Gauge the Attitude, Behaviour and Knowledge of Students in the age Group 18 to 30 in Relation to Drinking and Driving. This project was undertaken by Martha Smithers as part of the CARS project in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit as part of the MSc in Environmental Health. The project was supervised by Victor Hrymak as part of the MSc in Environmental Health. Click here to read.

Strategic Plan Project. This project was undertaken by Yvonne Feehan in collaboration with Canteen and was supervised by John Gallagher. This project was completed as part of the Masters in Public Relations. Click here to read.

 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS:

 

BA Design Visual Communication re-branding project with Amen.

This project was undertaken by 3rd year BA Design Visual Communication students in collaboration with Amen. Amen provides a confidential helpline and support service for male victims of domestic abuse. This project was part of the 3rd year re-branding module on how visual communication can be used to highlight an important social/educational message and in this case the students had to create a branding campaign to raise the awareness of domestic abuse against men. This project was supervised by Brenda Dermody and Clare Bell.

Re-branding images created below. Click here to see larger images.                   

   

Presentations by lecturer Tracey Dalton - School of Interior & Furniture Design.

First year students plan and design 4 Crosscare cafés in collaboration with Crosscare in different lcoations across Dublin: Dun LaoghaireHolles RowPortland Row Longford Lane

The students involved in both of these papers were either full time or part time students in the LLB Bachelor of Law programme. These projects were in collaboration with FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) and supervised by Deirdre McGowan.

Restorative Justice: Review of Existing Literature, International Norms and Best Practice. Click here to view. Deaths in Custody; Is Ireland’s investigative process compliant with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights? Click here to view                                                                    

The Whitefriar’s Church and Carmelite Community Centre. This project was undertaken Niamh Geoghegan, a BSc Architectural Technology 4th year student working with DCC and Whitefriars Church and Carmelite Community Centre to generate new design ideas for the area. Click here to view

Universal Design Project St Michael's House. This project wasundertaken by Andrea Deac, Jamie Lyons, Jennifer McAuley and Jennifer Olakitan as part of a BA in Interior & Furniture Design in collaboration with St. Michael’s House and was supervised by Orla Keane. Click here to view

Universal Design Project St Michael's House. This project wasundertaken by Greta Usaite, Aisling Ní Cheallaigh, Bryoni Molloy, Dominika Walus as part of a BA in Interior & Furniture Design in collaboration with St. Michael’s House and was supervised by Orla Keane. Click here to view

 

Analysis of community garden soil and leaves for heavy metals. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by Farwa Said in collaboration with the Lifeline project , and was supervised by John Cassidy and Barry Foley. This research was completed by Farwa as part of final year work on the BSc. in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

 

BA Design Visual Communication re-branding project with Men’s Health Forum Ireland. This project was undertaken by 3rd year BA Design Visual Communication students in collaboration with Men’s Health Forum Ireland.  The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) works on an all-Ireland basis to enhance the health and well-being of men and boys.  It is a diverse network of individuals and organisations, men and women, which seeks to identify the key concerns relating to male health and to increase understanding of these issues. The collaborative project was part of the 3rd year re-branding module on how visual communication can be used to highlight an important social/educational message and in this case the students had to create a branding campaign to raise the awareness of Men’s Health. This project was supervised by Brenda Dermody and Clare Bell. Click the following links to view the projects:

BA Design Visual Communication Project 1

BA Design Visual Communication Project 2

BA Design Visual Communication Project 3

BA Design Visual Communication Project 4

Analysis of Breath and Urine Alcohol Levels to Assess the Impact of Lower Limits on New and Recently Qualified Drivers.  This project was undertaken by Brian Murphy as part of the College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project. This was a collaborative project with the Garda Road Safety Unit and was supervised by Vanessa Murphy as part of Brian’s BSc in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry. Click here to view

Report on shopper travel behaviour in Dublin City Centre.  Click here to view.

Report on the collaboration between DIT Spatial Planning students and staff and the Irish Environmental Network and Dublin Cycling Campaign to research shopper travel behaviour in Dublin City Centre. This report was compiled by: David O’Connor, Lecturer, DIT; James Nix, Coordinator for Transport and Planning Policy, Irish Environmental Network; Simon Bradshaw, DIT Spatial Planning Graduate; Enda Shiel, DIT Spatial Planning Graduate. This paper has also been published in the Irish Transport Research Network 2011 conference proceedings.

 

 

Comparison of Road Safety Behaviour of Rented Dublin Bike Users with that of Owner Cyclists. Click here to view.

This research project, by Elieen Deegan, in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit as part of the College Awareness of Road Safety (CARS) project , was supervised by Greg Burke. Eileen conducted the research as part of her BSc in Environmental Health.

 

Road Junction Redesign Project, to maximise the safety of 17-24 year old cyclists and pedestrians. Click here to view.

This project was undertaken by Alex Browne, Niall Dolan, Mark Kennedy, and Carlo Selman, in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit, as part of the CARS project, supervised by Valerie Fenton. This research and design project was completed by the four students as part of their Highways & Transportation module project on street design on the B Eng Civil Engineering. This project was the overall winner of the DIT CARS award for 2011/12. 

 

Developing design materials for Yes Campaign for the Referendum for children's rights in the constitution. Yes campaign children's rights - part 1. Yes campaign children's rights - part 2

This project was undertaken by Hana Hudakova in collaboration with LEANBH, supervised by Brenda Dermody. This research and design project was completed by Hana as part of her BA (Hons) Design (Visual Communications).

 

Report on Work Placement Data Analysis Project with the Organisation of Quality and Safety of Healthcare in Ireland. This report was produced by Aidan Hanway on his experience of his work placement with ISQSH as part of his course work on teh Bsc Mathematical Science while he was supervised by Blaithnaid Sheridan. Click here to view.

Report on Work Placement Data Analysis Project with the Organisation of Quality and Safety of Healthcare in Ireland. This report was produced by Keith Bermingham on his experience of his work placement with ISQSH as part of his course work on the Bsc Mathematical Science while he was supervised by Blaithnaid Sheridan. Click here to read.

Universal Design Project. This project was undertaken by Anita Foley in collaboration with ISQSH as part of a post graduate in Assistive Technology and was supervised by Ciaran O'Leary. Click here to read.

Breath and Urine Alcohol Level Analysis to Increase Student Awareness of Road Safety (in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit). This research was undertaken by Kim Daly in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit, and was supervised by Dr. Claire McDonnell. Kim completed this research as part of her BSc in Forensic and Environmental Analysis. Click here to read.   

 

Urban Community Gardening- The Impact of Fruit and Vegetable Intake. This research was undertaken by Christina Purcell in collaboration with the LIFELINE project and was supervised by Shelia Sugrue. Christina completed this research as part of her BSc in Human Nutrition. Click here to read.

Community Gardening- Motivations and Health Benefits. This research was undertaken by Noelle Corrigan in collaboration with the LIFELINE project and was supervised by Shelia Sugrue. Noelle completed this research as part of her BSc in Human Nutrition. Click here to read.