COMM06061 2016 Personal Effectiveness & Employability

General Details

Full Title
Personal Effectiveness & Employability
Transcript Title
Effectiveness & Employability
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Subject Area
COMM - Communication
BUS - Business
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Dr. Michael Barrett DBA (HEM), Susan Leonard, Mairead McCann
Programme Membership
SG_BPERS_S06 201600 Certificate in Personal Effectiveness and Employability SG_BBUSO_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Business SG_BBSOL_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Business

This module is designed to introduce students to the Higher Education environment and to develop learning, study and employability skills.The module will motivate students to develop a more independent, reflective and self‑managed approach to study, learning, and time management. It will also outline the skills needed for effective engagement in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

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


Develop an independent, self‑managed, reflective approach to work and lifelong learning.


To plan their time more effectively


Have confidence in learning, study, academic writing and approaches to
finding information


Be familiar with the Workplace cultures and professional workplace behaviour.


Evaluate the communication behaviour of individuals and groups.


Collaborate effectively in groups, teams and meetings.


Demonstrate decision making, critical thinking and creativity tools.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered on-line using a self-review, enquiry-based and interactive learning approach.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be examined through continuous assessment. This will include quizzes, written assignments and a presentation.

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment will requires resubmission of continuous assessment work.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Working Well with Others: Understanding Others, working with different personalities and building relationships.

2. Being the Best you can: Making a Good Impression & communicating with confidence in a range of contexts relevant to college and workplace environments.

3. Achieving your goals: Setting goals, making decisions and managing time. Personal Development Planning tools.

4. Building your resilience: Dealing with stress, managing your responses, Assertiveness & Conflict Managemnt Skills and overcoming challenges.

5. Making great Ideas Happen: Having great ideas, Creative & Critical thinking skills, Solving problems individually and as part of a team.

6. How to study ‑ reading, taking notes, where and when to study, Tackling tests & Examination preparation.

7. Academic integrity ‑ writing, reserach and referencing skills.

8. Persuasive Presentations.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 25 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5,7
2 Personal Development Portfolio Continuous Assessment Individual Project 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
3 Short Formal Report & Presentation Project Individual Project 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,5,7

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified On-line Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-04 The Essential Work Experience Handbook Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717147592 ISBN-13 9780717147595

Updated handbook for students for use and reference during their work placement as part of their FETAC course. *New to this edition: * Highlights the major changes in the Irish economy and the changing nature of work post-Celtic Tiger * Provides details of all recent changes in employment and health and safety legislation * Develops students' job-finding skills and interview techniques * Provides key information on employment rights, employment, legislation and equality issues * Highlights the importance of global, technological and demographic trends in relation to job seeking * The Learner Record guides the student through -Planning and preparation -Experience in the workplace -Review & evaluation of the work experience WRITTEN FOR: Work Experience module of all FETAC courses

Recommended Reading
2009-11-01 The Business Skills Handbook Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
ISBN 1843982188 ISBN-13 9781843982180

Employers are criticizing the lack of transferable skills that new graduates have and the pressure is on for business schools to produce graduates with employable skills. UK 'Widening Participation' initiatives have also resulted in students with a wider variety of learning experiences and abilities. "The Business Skills Handbook" will equip business students with the study skills, interpersonal skills and professional skills that they need for successful study and employment. The text is packed with examples and case studies relevant to a range of business settings, including HRM, marketing and finance, so that students can truly understand how the skills they are learning apply in practice.

Recommended Reading
2005-10-22 Critical Thinking Skills (Palgrave Study Skills) Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 1403996857 ISBN-13 9781403996855

Critical Thinking Skills has taken the seemingly baffling art of analysis and broken it down into easy to understand blocks, with clear explanations, good examples, and plenty of activities to develop understanding at each stage. This easy to follow, step-by step guide to developing reasoning skills even applies the techniques to tasks such as reading, note-taking, and writing.

Recommended Reading
2006-08-18 Business Communication Wiley
ISBN 047179077X ISBN-13 9780471790778

You can get there Where do you want to go? You might already be working in a business setting. You may be looking to expand your skills. Or, you might be setting out on a new career path. Wherever you want to go, Business Communication will help you get there. Easy-to-read, practical, and up-to-date, this text not only helps you learn fundamental business communication concepts; it also helps you master the core competencies and skills you need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The book's brief, modular format and variety of built-in learning resources enable you to learn at your own pace and focus your studies. With this book, you will be able to: Incorporate active listening, assertive speaking, and non-verbal communication techniques into your daily communications. Resolve conflicts effectively. Choose the best words and voice for your audience. Craft persuasive business letters. Avoid common writing mistakes. Plan and lead successful business meetings. Overcome your fears of public speaking. Write winning business proposals. Create a resume that helps you get the job you want. Present yourself professionally in an interview. Wiley Pathways helps you achieve your goals When it comes to learning about business, not everyone is on the same path. But everyone wants to succeed. The new Wiley Pathways series in Business helps you achieve your goals with its brief, inviting format, clear language, and focus on core competencies and skills. The books in this series--Business Communication, Finance, Marketing, Business Math, and Real Estate--offer a coordinated curriculum for learning business. Learn more at

Recommended Reading
2016-07-12 Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students Oxford University Press
ISBN 0198724004 ISBN-13 9780198724001

Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students offers a comprehensive, one-stop guide that will equip you with all the necessary skills needed to enhance your success both during university and in your future working environment. It covers all the core areas associated with business and management degrees, and offers a unique focus on employability to ensure that you can translate the skills you acquire into professional practice.

This third edition has been fully revised to include a new group activity in each chapter, as well as updated activities throughout to reinforce the skills introduced in each chapter. The content and structure of the book has been updated to focus more effectively on core areas such as the use of quantitative data, and the development of professional skills and employability.

With the main focus of the book firmly on active experimentation and reflection, Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students remains unparalleled as a resource to support, encourage, and develop business and management students throughout their time at university and beyond.

Online Resource Centre:

For students:
Selected activities from the text (including templates to complete online)
Answer guidance on writing style and using a narrative approach
Critical incidents log
Excel workbook to provide additional support in areas such as constructing pie charts, bar charts, and line charts
Information on using Excel in data analysis
Web links
YouTube channel featuring relevant videos on skills, including interviews with students and graduates that accompany the book

For lecturers:
PowerPoint slides

Module Resources

Other Resources

1st Cite@NCI (bilbiographies & referencing made easy!) Buckley, M 2009 NCI
Posing Problems 5th ed McCann, M and Mannion, U 2011
Library based resources; newspapers, journals and databases


Moodle Website & Epigeum