Module Title:Communications, Research & Study Skills
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to enable students to develop the necessary research, written and oral communication skills to meet the demands of working in the social care profession both with clients and other professionals.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate the use of internet tools to aid learning and research
LO2 Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of relevant research methods while using IT skills as a research tool
LO3 Conduct research in a systematic and efficient manner
LO4 Demonstrate effective written skills for academic and professional administrative purposes
LO5 Deliver a presentation with conifdence
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Research
Research Definitions Aims of Research Overview of Research Methodologies Observation Interviews Questionnaires Ethical Issues Confidentiality Evaluating Research
The Internaet as a Research Tool
Search Engines, Directories & Gateways Using databases and periodicals online Evaluating information and research articles Research in social care
Written Skills
Principles of Academic Writing Formal writing Essay writing The Writing process Effective Writing Style Referencing & Citation Written communication for social care practice Report writing Client notes Contemporaneous notes Freedom of Information & its implications
Communication Skills
What is meant by good communication? Characteristics of good communication Non verbal communication Preparing presentations Knowing your audience Delivering speeches Participation at meetings or in groups
Observation in Practice
Purpose Observation guidelines Methods of observation Objectice Observations Assessment and Planning. Methods of evaluation the assessment process. Comprehensive system of observations and assessments.
Introduction to Reflective Learning Journal
Meaning of reflection. Learning journal. Use of reflection in a journal.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies Studetns to complete a reseach proposal and evaluate a research article sourced using online resources 1,2,3,4 70.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students to deliver a presentation on a topic in class 5 30.00 n/a
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
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Practicals Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 1.50