EDUC N8074 - Engaging with Scholarship

Full Title:Engaging with Scholarship in Health & Physical Activity
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EDUC N8074
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this module are to promote (a) an understanding of the nature of evidence and scholarship, (b) academic literacy (including numerical and statistical literacy) essential to begin to engage with the discipline, and (c) the analytic and writing skills that will enable the student to produce their own academic texts.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Reflect on their own personal development as a learner and utilise strategies that will enhance their academic reading and writing.
  2. Plan, organise and manage disciplinary work.
  3. Produce a range of short academic texts that adhere to discipline-specific conventions.
  4. Use academic evidence to develop an argument.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Understanding scholarship:
The nature of evidence: what counts as evidence? Academic discourses; theories and arguments; words and numbers in public debate; engaging with academic literature; ethics of scholarship.
Getting started
Academic expectations in third level, assignment types and requirements, managing study, library skills, technology that supports learning.
Reading skills
Purposeful and active reading, effective and efficient reading strategies, distinguishing key ideas in texts, fact versus opinions, academic arguments and logical arguments (debates), summarising salient points, reading critically, reflecting on personal reading style. Types of literature used in third level e.g. textbooks, subject specific reference books, handbooks, single subject books, research versus review articles, reports, conference proceedings.
Writing skills
Planning and organising written work, logical structure and format, punctuation and grammar, appropriate content and language, active and passive writing, reasoning and making cogent arguments, collaborative writing, drafting and proof reading. Referencing, primary versus secondary sources, paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising, academic integrity, copyright. Understanding and using feedback.
Statistical literacy
Variation; chance, coincidence and probability; risk; correlation and causation; presenting data reading the Results sections in academic papers.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
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 will consist of a continuous assessment.

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 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Directed Reading No Description 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Alex Osmond 2013, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students, SAGE Publications London [ISBN: 9781446210901]
  • Burns, T. and Sinfield, S. 2012, Essential Study Skills :The Complete Guide to Success at University, 3rd Ed., SAGE London [ISBN: 978-1446203255]
  • Shields, M. 2010, Essay Writing: A Student's Guide,SAGE Study Skills Series, SAGE Publications London [ISBN: 9781446242612]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Resuable Learning Object: Everitt- Reynolds, A., Delahunt, B., Maguire, M. 2012, Finding your Academic Voice: A Students Guide to the Art of Academic Writing, National Digital Learning Repository

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 1 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 1 Mandatory