COMM06050 2018 Personal Development
This module is designed to introduce students to the higher education environment and to assist them to develop learning, study and communication skills early in their undergraduate career. The module will support students to develop a more independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study, learning, and time management.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Develop an independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study, reinforced by goal setting.
Build confidence in interpersonal skills.
Analyse key influences on the information technology sector.
Demonstrate skills appropriate to higher education such as, though not limited to: academic writing and critical thinking.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centred active learning. Student autonomy is fostered and reflected in the assessment strategy. The communication process is central to the teaching and learning strategy for this Personal Development module where learners are encouraged to be responsible, critical and reflective about the world, while at the same time develop an understanding of the ethical and professional issues that influence their choices.
Module Assessment Strategies
A clear assessment strategy can complement a statement of intended learning outcomes and aid its interpretation by learners.
Students will participate actively in their own learning and have the opportunity to reflect on their learning progress, through oral and written research-based presentations. Throughout the process feedback will be provided by peers and lecturer.
Develop an independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study reinforced by goal setting
- Through lectures and student-centred workshops students are taught the importance of, and the skills to develop, an independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study reinforced by goal setting. Theory and practice, in relation to concepts such as, the self, teams, and responsibility, is important here.
Build confidence in interpersonal skills
- Interpersonal skills, verbal and non-verbal, are built and developed through group tasks such as: discussions, debates and presentations. Interpersonal skills are an essential core set of skills that every student must possess in order to function efficiently and purposefully both in the academic environment and then in their employment environment.
Analyse key influences on the information technology sector
- Students are encouraged to view the big picture of information technology. Topics for consideration under this heading include, though may not be limited to: politics, education, culture, finance, leadership, ethics and law. Students will receive instruction and guidance, case studies, articles and so forth, and be expected to engage with the material to form individual opinions which they shall have the opportunity to defend and elucidate.
Demonstrate skills appropriate to higher education such as, though not limited to: academic writing and critical thinking
Through guided research-based activities, students will analyse data to reach conclusions, and present those findings by means of presentations and/or written reports. Students will be instructed on how to research, colate and present material in a professional manner appropriate to academic standards and the higher education environment.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Individual written report||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||40 %||Week 12||4|
|2||Presentation group project||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||20 %||Week 6||1,2,3|
|3||Presentation group project||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||40 %||Week 11||1,2,3|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Flat Classroom||Lecture, interactive group work, discussion, guest lecturers||3||Weekly||3.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Independent learning||4||Weekly||4.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2010-02-01 The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (Open Up Study Skills) Open University Press
ISBN 0335241034 ISBN-13 9780335241033
The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism This excellent new edition of The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism will continue to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance on making sure you are not committing plagiarism. Full description
2013-10-29 Ethics and Emerging Technologies Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 0230367038 ISBN-13 9780230367036
Title: Ethics and Emerging Technologies <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: Ronald L Sandler <>Publisher: PALGRAVE MACMILLAN
2017-03-14 Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection (Palgrave Study Skills) Palgrave
ISBN 1137550503 ISBN-13 9781137550507
http://www.oecd.org/ireland/ The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
https://www.cepis.org/ The Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS)
https://www.ics.ie/ The Irish Computer Society
https://www.ieee.org/index.html The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm The Data Protection Commissioner Ireland
https://www.patentsoffice.ie/en/ The Patent Office Ireland