Full Title:Academic Writing and Research Skills
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC U8150
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills necessary to function as an independent learner in third-level education. Topical critical reading, writing and thinking activities shall encourage independent dialectical approaches to study.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Research, locate and access information.
  2. Engage in independent study.
  3. Appraise academic text through critical reading.
  4. Evidence independent critical thought by providing a logically coherent, structured written argument in both oral and written forms.
  5. ldentify plagarism and advocate academic integrity.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Information Communication Technology
Word processing skills, Internet, Email, Online databases.
Library skills
Searching for publications, library services, researching a topic
Academic writing
Critical appraisal of texts, critical argument, critical writing, structure, academic language, referencing, presentation, assignment submission policy, plagiarism.
Introduction to research
Significance of research to music practice, an introduction to the research process.
Study and learning skills
Effective reading, critical reading, critical writing and note taking, development of individual learning styles, critical thinking, models of learning and application of learning theory, stress and time management.
Examination technique
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 A series of short written assignments 1,2,3,4,5 80.00 0 0 Every Second Week 0
Presentation An oral presentation on a music and audio production related topic 1,2,3,4 20.00 0 0 Week 12 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 Learning and teaching methods will be a combination of lectures, discussions, group work, peer review, self directed learning, directed readings, reflective practice, and acquisition of skills – library, I.C.T. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading As prescribed by the lecturer in addition to resources list 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Critical reading, note taking, essay planning, critical reflection, structuring an argument 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial Tutorial will supplement lectures and provide a seminar to discuss literature and resources 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Anderson, J., and Poole, M..E 2002, Assignments and Thesis Writing, 4th Ed., John Wiley & Sons Milton
  • Burns, T., and Sinfield, S. 2003, Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success @ university, Sage Publications. London
  • Burns, T 2003, Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university, Sage
  • Chambers, E and Northedge, A 1997, The arts good study guide, The Open University
  • Cottrell, S 2008, The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave
  • Dummett, M 1993, Grammar and Style for examination candidates and others, Duckworth
  • Kehrwald Cook, C. 1985, Line by line: how to edit your own writing, Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Van den Brink-Budgen, R 2010, Critical Thinking for Students: Learn the Skills of Analysing, Evaluating and Producing Arguments, How to Books
  • Wingell, R, J. 2009, Writing about music: an introductory guide, Pearson Education
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 1 Mandatory