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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Communication Skills
Module Code CA360
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marija Bezbradica
Semester 2: Marija Bezbradica
Autumn: Marija Bezbradica
Module TeachersDenise Freir
Monica Ward
Marija Bezbradica
Jagadeeswaran Thangaraj
Abigail Walsh
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

INACTIVE - · give the students the necessary knowledge and skills to make technical presentations in both written and oral form · introduce the students to professional ethics and related issues

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an ability to give an oral presentation on both a technical and non-technical topic.
2. Explain a technical topic in an accessible manner for both a technical audience and the general public in oral and written formats.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of project management and the ability to work to a schedule and to work cooperatively in a group.
4. Undertake relevant research, plan and write a group report on the use of technology in a given deployment context.
5. Develop a screencast, demonstrating the technical and communication skills required to create an informative screencast.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics in any technology related project.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture27Daily lectures
Assignment Completion10Students will deliver oral presentations (individually and in groups)
Independent Study18No Description
Group work70Students will work in their groups on their project
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Oral Presentation Skills
Students will apply the techniques outlined in lectures in their oral presentations.

Presentation tools
Students will learn about the tools available for presentations.

Technical report writing
Students will learn about writing a technical report, including guidelines on what should and should not be in such a report.

Ethics in Computing
Students will be made aware of the importance of ethics in any computing related project.

Role of ethics
Students will be shown the importance of ethics in society in general.

Project management
Students will learn about project management in general, as well as software project management.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayStudents will write an individual report on a light-weight technical topic for a general audience.10%
Oral ExaminationStudents will deliver two presentations - one on a general topic and one on a technical topic. (Note: students must give both presentations to be eligible for 30%, otherwise, the presentation will be out of 15%).30%
Reflective journalStudents will produce an individual analysis on the module.10%n/a
Group project The group project will consist of researching, planning and writing a group report, as well as an oral presentation. Students are also expected to contribute to the group wiki.50%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • 0:  Essential Supplementary Writing for Science and Engineering: Papers, Presentations and Reports, Heather SilynRoberts,ButterworthHeinemannISBN: 0750646365 Technically Speaking: A guide for Communicating Complex Information, Jan D'Arcy,ISBN: 078035367,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
CASEBSc in Computer Applications (Sft.Eng.)
COMSCIBSc in Computer Science
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
Date of Last Revision11-JAN-12

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