Module Title:Academic and Professional Skills
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 5 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The core content will be delivered in the form of lectures and tutorials. Assessments and class-based activities will be interactive and practical to develop the necessary skills.
Module Aim: The module is designed to develop academic and communication proficiencies in the learner for their transition to Higher Education and thereafter to the modern work environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Write in an academic style and apply the Harvard Referencing System with an understanding of the conventions guiding these processes.
LO2 Research and evaluate information using a variety of suitable sources
LO3 Speak in public and deliver presentations more effectively with an awareness of the role of non verbal communication
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.
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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
Study Skills
Expectations • Higher Level Study• Skills Needed • Time Management • Self Awareness • Reflection
Academic Writing
• Why is academic writing different? • Stages and process of written assessment • Reading for Higher Education • Essay writing • Developing an argument • Critical thinking • Structure • Reading for Higher Education • Proof-reading and editing.
Harvard Referencing
• Academic integrity • Plagiarism • Citations • Using quotations • Paraphrasing • Developing a reference list • Using digital services for uploading and reviewing assignments.
Finding and evaluating information
• Steps and stages of the research process • Evaluating sources • Role of evidence • Using library services both physical and digital• Developing effective digital research skills
Speaking in public and presentations
• Overcoming challenges of speaking in public • Non verbal communication and the role of body language • Paralanguage • Eye contact • Connecting with the audience • Structure • Preparation and practice • Handling questions
Working in Teams
• Benefits of collaboration • Group structures and dynamics • From Groups to teams • Roles and responsibilities • Communication and conflict management
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Individual piece of writing on a selected topic with a 1,000 word count to assess capabilities in relation to research, academic writing and referencing skills. 1,2 60.00 n/a
Presentation Group presentation on a selected topic to be presented in front of an audience of peers with the purpose of assessing capabilities in public speaking and collaboration and team work skills. 2,3 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 2.57
Total Hours 62.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_BWBUS_C Higher Certificate in Business 1 Mandatory