Full Title:Research and Communication Skills
Module Code:RESA B7Z01
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 10 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to facilitate students' successful transition to third-level education, whether they are mature students, come directly from second level, or transfer from other Institutes of Higher Education. The module will introduce students to the structure, expectations and common skills associated with education at third-level, and enable them to engage more easily with the assessment requirements of other modules in their programmes.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Practice effective note-taking in lectures and for study/research.
  2. Use their time effectively in order to manage their academic workload.
  3. Establish and manage a basic research project, including the design and administration of primary research tools, recognising ethical considerations.
  4. Write a business/academic report using the taught structure and layout.
  5. Competently use the Institute-standard Harvard Referencing System and self-evaluate their work for plagiarism using an online tool.
  6. Undertake business correspondence using the appropriate language, style and structure, recognising business etiquette.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Study Skills - Practical tutorials designed to introduce new students to third-level education practice and standards, and introduce tools for effective learning.
- Time Management - Note taking for written and oral delivery - Reading Techniques for research - Close reading for meaning - Motivation - Goal setting
Research Methods - Tuition in designing, implementing and managing a research project for any subject.
- Primary & Secondary research - Qualitative vs quantitative research - Developing a hypothesis - Writing the proposal - Literature review - Interview design & etiquette - Questionnaire design & administration - Analysing and selecting data - Ethical considerations
Reports - Typical short report format for presenting research findings in an academic context.
- Basic structure - Language & style - Selecting & editing data - Proofreading - Presentation
Harvard Referencing - Tuition to equip students to protect the academic integrity of their work throughout the programme and avoid plagiarism.
- Understanding plagiarism - Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarising - Referencing different types of sources usin the Harvard Referencing System. - Resources for referencing (DkIT resources, useful websites) - Checking work for plagiarism using detection software.
Business Correspondence - Students will learn how to conduct formal correspondence, mindful of appropriate tone, language, content & style.
- Language & style - Structure - Etiquette
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Lecturers are free to design their CAs as appropriate for class groups. These may be the form of individual or group assessments and may be based around research, report writing and other key skills. Where possible, shared assessment may be integrated into the CA schedule. 1,2,3,4,5,6 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
At lecturer's discretion, ensuring that Learning Outcomes 2-6 are adequately covered in the repeat requirements.

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


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • McClave, H. 2004, Communication for Business, 3rd edition Ed., Gill and Macmillan Dublin
  • Burns, Tom 2012, Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university., Sage
  • Cottrell, S. 2008, The Study Skills Handbook, 3rd edition Ed., Palgrave Macmillan
  • Dawson, C. 2009, Introduction to Research Methods: a practical guide for anyone undertaking a research project., Oxford, How to Books
  • Grix, J. 2010, Information Skills: finding and using the right resources, Palgrave Macmillan
  • DkIT 2009, Credit Where Credit is Due: a guide to referencing in DkIT, DkIT
  • Baugh, S. 1995, How to Write First-Class Business Correspondence: the handbook for business writing., NTC Pub. Group
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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DK_BPROC_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Relations and Online Communication 1 Mandatory
DK_HCYWO_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Work 1 Mandatory
DK_BPREL_7 Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Online Communication (Exit Award) 1 Mandatory
DK_HSEAE_7 Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise 1 Mandatory
DK_BCSAM_6 Certificate in Sales and Marketing 1 Elective
DK_HCYWO_C Higher Certificate in Arts in Youth Studies 1 Mandatory
DK_BBSMA_C(?) Higher Certificate in Business in Business and Management 1 Mandatory
DK_BBSIS_C Higher Certificate in Business in Business and Technology 1 Mandatory
DK_ASEE_C Higher Certificate of Arts in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise 1 Mandatory