Module Title:Effective Writing and Research
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures and digital lab based research. Media Studio practice work for some cohorts.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop the students' skills in writing for audiences and also to enhance their academic writing and research abilities for the purposes of the academy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Write academically invoking academic standards and mores
LO2 Reference
LO3 Produce clean, structured written material.
LO4 Produce written work for different audiences and with the audience in mind.
LO5 Plan and manage writing projects and presentations.
LO6 Demonstrate digital literacy and information skills
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Writing for audiences:
Theory: • ‘Audience is King’: understanding audiences • Study of writing styles: technical writing, writing for audiences, online authorship • Drafting and proofing techniques: correlation between carelessness and failure • Researching material
Writing for Audiences:
Practice/workshops: • Understanding the audience • Drafting and proofing; methods of ensuring error-free work
Writing for the academy:
Theory: • academic conventions: the value of academic writing • referencing made simple • Planning & Structure • paragraphing • Introductions and Conclusions • Deconstructing best-practice examples
Writing for the academy:
Practice/workshops: • Writing essay outlines and creating mind-maps • Paragraph construction • Introductions and conclusions • Drafting
• Planning research • Google Scholar • Using library resources • Annotated bibliography • Organizing and filing research data • Creating prose from research • Connecting multiple research findings
Learning to learn:
• Knowing how you write • Knowing how you plan • Setting your style and mode of work, Roadmapping your work
Presentation Skills:
• Creating an effective PowerPoint presentation • Theory of delivering effective presentations • Focus on audience • The Duarte Method
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other bibliography 1,2,6 10.00 n/a
Other Students complete writing activity (test/report) 3,4 10.00 n/a
Other Students write an academic essay 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.00 n/a
Other PowerPoint presentation of essay findings 4,5,6 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 3.00