General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
COMM - Communication
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Victoria Stevens

This module is designed to:-

  • Reinforce and develop key academic skills, which the learner will require in their academic life and subsequently in their career.
  • Prepare and motivate him/her for a lifetime of independent and reflective learning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Plan and execute a project that investigates the nature of work and skills in the field of study.


Acquire, process, interpret and present information through a variety of methods.


Produce a fully referenced short technical report.


Deliver an effective oral presentation to a variety of audiences.


Demonstrate effective collaboration in team work.


Identify gaps in personal knowledge and complete a personal development plan.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be completely examined through a series of continuous assessments, including some of the following:-

1. Personal  Learning and Development Plan

Skills development is core to this module and as such, students will track and reflect on their development from feedback from peers and lecturer; reading around the topic; participation in team work; and participation in workshop activities. This document will be formatively and summatively assessed and the criteria will be set out in the course overview.

In small group sizes, the tutor may also be in a position to observe that students are demonstrating particular skills (e.g. collaboratively working on a team project) and provide formative feedback.

Also, short tests may be a feature of the personal development process.

2. Short Report

Individual mark: criteria may include writing style, critical thinking and referencing skills.

Group mark: criteria may include structure of report, proof reading, explaining skills, ease of communication, data presentation and use of visuals.


3. Group Presentation

Individual mark: Delivery skills (e.g. eye contact, voice projection..)

Group mark: criteria may include: Evidence of team work, structure of slides, creative use of visual aids, confidence of team.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

1. Learning to Learn: 

1.1 Personal and Professional Development Planning,self directed learning, career path planning, (Link between study and chosen career), CV Development;
1.2 Critical Thinking Skills

2. Project Management:

2.1 Enquiry Based Learning Methods.

2.2 Basic Project Planning & Control Tools.

3. Communications Skills:

3.1 Team working (facilitating discussions at meetings; Conflict Management skills to include:-Communications process, Strategies to manage low level interpersonal team issues; Empathetic listening, assertiveness)

3.2 Scientific Report Writing (Data Presentation; Paraphrasing, Summarising, Quoting, Referencing; Explaining & Discussing concepts in plain English)

3.2 Professional Presentations Skills

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Project Prepare Individual Discussion for Group Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 7 2,3,5
2 Group Project Produce fully referenced short technical report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 9 2,3
3 Presentation Content and Delivery Skills elements Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % Week 12 2,4
4 Continuous Assessment Complete Personal Development Plan Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % Week 13 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Problem Based Learning Room Group Work and Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study & Group Work 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Essential Reading

Glasman-Deal, H. (2010),  Science Research Writing – For Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press, London

Lobban C.S & Schefter M (2002), Successful Lab Reports- A Manual for Science Students, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Lindenfield, G. (2001) Assert yourself : a self-help assertiveness programme for men and women, Thorsons, London

McMillan K & Weyers J (2006) Smarter Study Skills Companion, Pearson, Essex

Supplementary Reading

Belbin, M 1993, Team Roles at Work, Butterworth Heinemann Oxford

Daire & Coffey (2010) Emotional intelligence (EQ) : a leadership imperative, Management Briefs, Dublin

De Bono, Edward 1992, Serious Creativity: using the power of lateral thinking to create new ideas, Harper Collins London

Moran, A 2000, Managing Your Own Learning at University: A Practical Guide, University College Dublin Dublin

Nelson-Jones, R.  (2004), Effective thinking skills : preventing and managing personal problems, Sage Publications, London

Stanton, N 2003, Mastering Communication, Fourth Ed., Palgrave Masters Series

Summers, J. (2004) Communication skills handbook : how to succeed in written and oral communication, Wiley & Sons, Australia

Other Resources

Resources presented on Moodle.


Additional Information

This module will be delivered in small group sizes of a maximum of 16 students.