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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Digital Skills and LIfe Skills
Module Code PS154
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Stephen Power
Semester 2: Stephen Power
Autumn: Stephen Power
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
Raymond Murphy
Eilish McLoughlin
Robert O'Connor
Jennifer Gaughran
Karsten Fleischer
Shane O'Sullivan
Stephen Power
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To achieve competency in basic digital, scientific and life skills required during a degree in physics. This includes gaining a familiarity with the various computing tools and methods required for writing reports, tabulating and plotting experimental results, and communicating science. Students will be introduced to word processing and spreadsheet software, web-based tools and interactive python coding environments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Set up an account and login to the DCU and external websites required
2. Prepare scientific reports in word-processing software
3. Show competence at data analysis in a spreadsheet environment
4. Work collaboratively in an online environment
5. Engage in effective time management and self-reflection
6. Run simple python code in an interactive notebook

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10In-person lectures
Laboratory10Computer Based Assignments
Independent Study105Computer Skills
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

Word processing
Use of microsoft word programme

Using excel for data analysis

Internet tools
How to find and use online tools for self-management, collaboration and scientific reporting

Presentation skills
Presenting a short talk on a physics topic

Scientific writing
What to include and what not to include in a scientific report.

How to get started quickly with online coding environments

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityCompletion of the DCU-developed Discover Life Skills tasks and associated class exercises10%Every Week
Completion of online activityCompletion of the DCU-developed Data Literacy Topics and associated class tasks: Introduction to Spreadsheets, Intermediate Spreadsheets, Data Visualisation and Communication in Spreadsheets50%Every Week
AssignmentClass and lab assignments40%Every Week
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 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision26-JAN-09

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