Full Title:Study, Research and Communication Skills
Module Code:COMM B8005
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to facilitate students’ successful transition to third-level education. The content of 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. The module will also encourage students to recognise and identify the elements of the communication process, as well as communication barriers, difficulties and cultural effects. Students will develop specific communication skills in the areas of presentations, listening, and assertiveness so they can operate more effectively in workplace situations such as meetings and group work.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Practice effective note-taking in lectures and during study and research and use their time effectively in order to manage their academic workload.
  2. Establish and manage a basic research project, using appropriate primary research tools; and select, categorise and analyse research data to investigate a hypothesis.
  3. Write a business report/academic report using the taught structure and Harvard Referencing; and undertake business correspondence using the appropriate language, style and structure, recognising appropriate business etiquette
  4. Develop and deliver effective presentations.
  5. Conduct and participate in business meetings in a professional manner.
  6. Make effective use of workplace communication skills in a variety of contexts.

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
• Research Methods – Tuition in designing, implementing and managing a research project for any subject
• Reports – Typical short report format for presenting research findings in an academic context
• Harvard Referencing – Tuition to equip students to protect the academic integrity of their work throughout the programme and avoid plagiarism
• Business Correspondence – Students will learn how to conduct formal correspondence, mindful of appropriate tone, language, content & style.
• Introduction to Communication & Non-verbal Communication
• Presentation Skills
• Meetings – planning, conducting, following-up.
• Workplace Skills – Assertiveness, Group Work, Listening
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
Class Test Assessment tools designed by the lecturer will be directly aligned with the module learning outcomes. An indicative continuous assessment assignment could require students to conduct a research project, and present their findings in a formal report, using the Harvard Referencing System. A second assignment could require students to prepare and deliver individual and/or group presentations (depending on class size). 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
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • 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., How To Books Oxford
  • DkIT 2009, Credit Where Credit is Due: a guide to referencing in DkIT, DkIT Dundalk
  • McClave, H. 2004, Communication for Business, Gill & Macmillan
  • Stanton, N. 2009, Mastering Communication, 5th edition Ed., Palgrave Macmillan
  • Chivers, B. 2007, A Student's Guide to Presentations: making your presentations count, Sage
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_BMRKT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 2 Mandatory