Full Title:Life Skills for the Enterprising Graduate
Module Code:PRPF H7005
 
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 9 programme(s)
Module Description:At a time when there are high levels of access to education in Ireland; the profile of students is more diverse than ever; and our graduating students face the pressures of a modern employment scenario characterised by strong competition, impermanence and constant self re-invention. In this climate we encourage DkIT students to be entrepreneurial, and this involves the development of personal characteristics as well as training in enterprise. In this module we will work to develop the graduate attributes that are most valuable in preparing students for work and life through ‘positive education’, an emerging area of education where students are encouraged to develop a sense of wellbeing including confidence, resilience and a positive mental attitude.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Recognise typical stressors and practice effective coping skills for stress management.
  2. Discuss the benefits of a positive mental attitude and assess its application in daily life.
  3. Identify personal goals that expand the student’s comfort zone and create a strategy to overcome fear and pursue the goals.
  4. Recognise and analyse personal self-beliefs to judge their usefulness; and reconstruct and practice new, more empowering self-beliefs.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Stress Management
• Common stressors • ‘Eustress’ • Acute & chronic stress • Psychological reactions to stress • Physiological reactions to stress • Vulnerability factors • Type A personalities • Coping skills for stress management
Resilience
• Resilience through a ‘growth mindset’ • Cognitive strategies • Positivity vs denial • The importance of a positive mental attitude • Why ‘negativity’ is sometimes useful • The power of positive expectation
Confidence Building
• Overcoming fear • Understanding comfort zones • Challenge and reward
Self-Belief
• Identifying positive and negative self-beliefs • Behavioural implications of self-beliefs • Examining evidence for old self-beliefs • Empowerment through changing self-beliefs
Gratitude & Service
• The transformational power of gratitude • Altruism through gratitude • Benefits of service
Conflict Management
• Assertiveness • Negotiation • Understanding communication styles • Dealing with conflict
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
Portfolio During this module, students will be assessed both on their awareness of the scientific and academic evidence supporting the key areas of study; and on their ability to adopt and practice the various skills and techniques proposed in the module. Students will also be marked on how thoroughly they explore and reflect on these areas in their own experiences. 1,2,3,4 100.00 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.

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
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
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
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Seligman, M. 2011, Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and wellbeing., FreePress New York
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Dweck, C. 2010, Even Geniuses Work Hard, Educational Leadership, September
  • Frederickson, B. 2003, The Value of Positive Emotions, American Scientist, Vol. 91, 330-335
  • Glenn, D. 2010, Carol Dweck's Mindset, Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol 56, Issue 35, B6-B9
  • GUNI 2009, Higher Education at a time of transformation: New dynamics for social responsibility
  • Linley, P., Joseph, S. 2004, Positive Psychology in Practice
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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DK_BPROC_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Relations and Online Communication 5 Mandatory
DK_BPREL_7 Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Online Communication (Exit Award) 5 Mandatory
DK_HSEAE_7 Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise 3 Mandatory
DK_BBSMA_D Bachelor of Business in Business and Management 3 Mandatory
DK_BBSTY_7 Bachelor of Business in Business and Technology 3 Mandatory
DK_BBSMA_C(?) Higher Certificate in Business in Business and Management 3 Mandatory
DK_BBSIS_C Higher Certificate in Business in Business and Technology 3 Mandatory
DK_ASEE_C Higher Certificate of Arts in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise 3 Mandatory