COMP06269 2018 ICT and Transferable Skills

General Details

Full Title
ICT and Transferable Skills
Transcript Title
ICT and Transferable Skills
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Subject Area
COMP - Computing
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mel Casserly, Cait Coyle, Padraig McGourty
Programme Membership
SG_SWATE_E06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Water SG_SWATE_E06 201800 Certificate in Science in Water and Wastewater Operations SG_SWATE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SWATE_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Water and Waste Water Operations SG_SWAST_E06 202100 Certificate in Wastewater Treatment Operations SG_SDRIN_E06 202100 Certificate in Science in Drinking Water Treatment Operations

The module aims to provide students with fundamental skills for effective and professional communication (written and verbal) in the workplace. It also deals with the effective us of Information Technology in the implementation of these skills. It will cover the use of software packages for word processing, spreadsheet creation and the production of presentations. The students will be also be given an introduction to Computer Systems. The meaning of plagiarism and peer reviewed information will be explained to students.  The importance of teamwork, leadership and conflict management will be discussed.  

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify the main component parts and peripheral devices of a standard computer system


Create documentation using Word processing software incorporating a range of data management and editing techniques including a business letter, email and a short technical report.


Compile and edit data sets using Spreadsheet software including the use of functions and formulae, chart construction and object linking.


Participate as part of a team to create and deliver a professional oral presentation using relevant software. 


Explain the meaning of peer reviewed information, plagiarism and the Harvard Referencing System.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar)and workshops augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings students together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. 

This module will be assessed by means of practical assignments which the student will carry out in the own time. This will include the production of a business letter and technical report using word processing software, production and delivey of a professional presentation in a team environment and a project involving the production of a spreadsheet to analyse and present data. There will also be a Moodle quiz on the theoretical content of the module. There will also be an end of module practical exam which the students will be able to do remotely.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam. 

Indicative Syllabus

Computers and their peripheral devices

  • Component parts of a computer 
  • Input/Output Devices Internet/World Wide Web
  • How the internet works 
  • Communication Protocols 
  • Latest Web Applications

Word Processing - Microsoft Word (Desktop and Online Version)

  • Document creation, document structure and formatting 
  • Insertion of Tables and Images to a document 
  • Insert Mathematical and Scientific Equations and Chemical Symbols into a Word Document 
  • Use of Spell Checker and the track changes functionality 
  • Insertion of Tables of Contents, Citations and Tables of References 
  • Introduction of MS Office Live 

Presentation - Microsoft PowerPoint (Desktop and Online Version)

  • Fundamental rules in creating a presentations using software 
  • Apply a design to a presentation 
  • Apply animation to a presentation 
  • Use the master slide to alter the design of a presentation 
  • Integrate images, diagrams and other media into a presentation

Spreadsheets - Microsoft Excel

  • Input data into a spreadsheet 
  • Perform basic calculations using formulae 
  • Use the SUM, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN and COUNT functions to perform calculations 
  • Produce relevant charts to describe a data set (Column, Bar, Line and Pie Charts) 
  • Format data in a spreadsheet for printing as a report.

Transferrable Skills

  • Professional written communication.
  • Peer reviewed information.
  • Plagiarism and correct referencing.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Teamwork and leadership.
  • Conflict management.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Moodle Quiz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 3 1
2 Business Letter, Technical Report Project Individual Project 30 % Week 9 2,5
3 Team Presentation Project Group Project 30 % Week 13 4,5
4 Spreadsheet Project Project Individual Project 30 % Week 7 3

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Online Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Workshop Not Specified Workshop 2 Twice Per Semester 0.27
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.27 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2013 Study Skills Handbook Palgrave Macmillan

Recommended Reading
2016 Cite Them Right Palgrave

Recommended Reading
2016 Presentations Skills for Students Palgrave

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources