Module Title:Communication and Study Skills
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Students will engage in a variety of teaching and learning methods including: videos, problem solving exercises/case studies, class discussions and written tasks. Active participation will be encouraged to develop analytical and communication skills. The module will be supported with on-line learning materials and students will be expected to engage in self-directed learning which should develop autonomous learning and work practices.
Module Aim: To develop written and oral communication skills in preparation for Higher Education and a career in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate effective academic writing and referencing skills
LO2 Gather, analyse and evaluate research material
LO3 Deliver a presentation and speak in public with greater confidence, clarity and structure
LO4 Recognise the importance of effective communication in the Early Childhood Education and Care setting
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Learning in Higher Education
• Note-taking and becoming an effective learner • Time-management; schedules and deadlines • Reading skills for different purposes in Higher Education • Independent learning and working in groups
Academic Writing
• Academic writing; how is it different? • Essay writing; structure, argument and critical thinking • Harvard Referencing; citations and reference lists • Research; resources available, how to become an efficient and effective researcher, how to evaluate research • Plagiarism; how to avoid it and tools which can help
Oral and Communication Skills
• Importance of effective communication in Early Years setting • What is meant by good communication? • Barriers to communication • Characteristics of good communicators • Non verbal communication • Preparing presentations • Delivering speeches/presentations
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Learners will provide written work for assessment. 1,2,4 70.00 n/a
Presentation Students to deliver an oral presentations in class 2,3 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 4.67
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 142.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00