Full Title:Learning to Learn
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N8Z02
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2015/16 ( February 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will support students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to study effectively and become independent learners in a third level educational environment. The module will also equip students with the practical skills in researching and writing academic assignments essential to personal and professional development. The module is presented in four units of study as follows: Unit 1: Information Skills. Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills. Unit 3: Study and Learning Skills. Unit 4: Introduction to Research.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify, access, search, retrieve and evaluate information from reliable sources pertinent to the practice of nursing / midwifery.
  2. Apply the fundamental skills of academic writing to show: clarity of ideas, evidence based knowledge and evaluation of subject matter.
  3. Apply the knowledge of academic integrity through the appropriate use of citation and referencing.
  4. Recognise the importance of research to practice.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Unit 1 Information Skills
Introduction to the Library’s Information Services: Analysing the information landscape in your discipline. Devising and implementing search and retrieval strategies. Critically and systematically evaluate, manage and use information resources. Using technology to support learning (e.g. Moodle, IT skills, file storage, printing, and email); understand source citation and presenting and communicating information e.g. use of reference management software, VLE etc.
Unit 2 Academic Writing Skills
Assignment submission policy. Scholarly writing (writing styles, planning your work; starting to write; developing your writing). Presentation. Academic language. Structure. Referencing. Academic Integrity (DkIT policy) & avoiding plagiarism.
Unit 3 Study and Learning Skills
Development of individual learning styles. Learning at third level (teaching methods/styles e.g. lectures, labs, tutorials; learning outcomes, assessment approaches, GPA, ECTS). Models of learning and application of learning theory. Learning strategies (factors for effective learning; active learning; reflective learning). Effective reading skills (planning your reading, active reading, skimming). Effective note-making (summarising material, mind-mapping). Creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Effective time management and balancing college work and life. Organisation skills (planning, prioritising, procrastination). Team work (groupwork techniques) and creativity. Examination technique.
Unit 4 Introduction to Research
Sources of knowledge. The concept of evidence based practice. The value and significance of research to nursing practice. An introduction to reading research articles i.e. familiarising student to the different parts of a research article. Differentiation between opinion articles and research publications (qualitative and quantitative). Sources of quality research (databases).
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 The continuous assessment component will normally consist of the production of an academic assignment. 1,2,3,4 100.00 100 40 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
Reassessment of this module will consist of a continuous assessment and performance evaluation. Both elements must be passed independently in order to pass the module.

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 Introduction to research. This module is delivered over 10 weeks. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Academic Writing Skills and Study and Learning Skills. This module is delivered over 10 weeks. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 26.00 Once per semester 1.73
Independent Study No Description 53.00 Once per semester 3.53
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.27
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Maslin-Prothero, S. eds. 2010, Bailiere’s Study Skills for Nurses and Midwives, 4th Ed., Bailliere Tindall Edinburgh
  • Melnyk, B.M. and Fineout-Overholt, E. 2010, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice, 2nd Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia
  • Moore, S., Neville, C., Murphy, M. and Connolly, C. 2010, The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook., Open University Press. Maidenhead.
  • Polit, D.F. and Beck, C.T. 2009, Essentials of Nursing Research. Appraising Evidence for Nursing Practice, 7th Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 1 Mandatory
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 1 Mandatory