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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title PASS Leadership
Module Code PSYC210
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sinead Smyth
Semester 2: Sinead Smyth
Autumn: Sinead Smyth
Module TeachersSinead Smyth
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Module Aims: Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a scheme where more advanced students on a programme facilitate study sessions for Year 1 students. PASS Leadership is a module aimed at increasing the leadership and communication skills of student facilitators of cross-year study sessions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of peer assisted learning and the roles of those involved.
2. Identify and implement key communication and facilitation skills necessary for successful PASS groups.
3. Critically evaluate the leadership skills essential for the organisation, structure and conduct of PASS sessions.
4. Hold effective PASS study sessions.
5. Engage with academic and school staff as required
6. Critically reflect on personal and leadership growth throughout the PASS process.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6Online asynchronous lectures delivered via Loop
Seminars12Including initial training and weekly planning/debriefing sessions. These will be scheduled synchronous online activities
Group work10PASS Sessions
Online activity12No Description
Independent Study85Preparation for sessions and independent work on CA.
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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationPlanning, running and reflecting on PASS sessions. Occasionally observed and evidenced by session plans and reflections to be included in the portfolio.30%n/a
PortfolioA substantial reflective piece evidencing reflection on PASS more generally and individual leadership skills and growth more specifically.70%n/a
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

  • Topping, K. J. (Ed.). (2001). .: 0, Peer assisted learning: A practical guide for teachers., Brookline books,
  • Schwarzer, R. (Ed.). (2014).: 0, Self-efficacy: Thought control of action., Taylor & Francis.,
  • Lepper, M. R., & Greene, D. (Eds.). (2015).: 0, The hidden costs of reward: New perspectives on the psychology of human motivation., Psychology Press.,
  • Cottrell, S. (2017).: 0, Critical thinking skills. Macmillan Education.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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BPMBSc in Psychology with Mathematics
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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