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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Uaneen - Contributing Module
Module Code UM404
School 95
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Una Redmond
Semester 2: Una Redmond
Autumn: Una Redmond
Module TeachersSandra McCormack
Una Redmond
Audrey Power
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Resubmission of portfolio

This module aims to award credit to students who have had their involvement in extra-curricular activity assessed during their period of study at DCU and have demonstrated reflective learning arising from participation in those activities. The aim of the module is to encourage activity, outside the rigour of academic study and assessment, which is recognised as adding to the rounding of the education of the student in its broadest sense. The activity/ies and the student's reflection on the learning arising will be recorded by the student in a learning diary or portfolio and will be assessed and approved by an Award Board appointed by Academic Council for this purpose.

Learning Outcomes

1. Collect and synthesis information required to develop a unique learning portfolio, which is self crafted and self directed.
2. Critically select activities which contribute to learning and exercise judgement in selecting extra curricular activities which provide learning opportunities.
3. Apply learning to complex societal problems and identify, investigate, formulate and advocate solutions.
4. Determine their role in the wider society and recall information, concepts and theories which are essential to build a democratic society.
5. Demonstrate leadership and self reliance while using an objective approach to problem solving.
6. Justify their own values, motivations and passions to display a personal value system to create a just and democratic society.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars10Mandatory workshops
Independent Study5Reading on topic of reflection
Assignment Completion20Completion of portfolio
Independent Study85Participation in Extra Curricular Activites
Online activity5No Description
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

General guidelines will be issued by the Awards Board, but the initial assessment is a self-reflection on learning outcomes which will be evidenced by the submission of a learning diary/portfolio to the Awards Board which will then determine the award.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Portfolio4,000 word portfolio detailing activities and reflection on learning gained. It is also possible to submit supporting documentation.100%Sem 2 End
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

  • Gillie EJ Bolton: 2005, Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, Sage Publications,
  • Jenny Moon: 2006, Learning Journals: A handbook for Academics, Students and Professional Development, Routledge,
  • Dannelle D. Stevens: 2009, Journal Keeping: How to use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional insight and Positive Change, Stylus Publishing,
  • John Zubizarreta: 2009, The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning:, Jossy Bass Higher and Adult Education,
  • Nedra Reynolds: 2006, Portfolio Keeping: A guide for students., 2nd, Bedford/St martin,
  • Mary Robbins: 2009, Guide to portfolios: Creating and Using Portfolios for Academic, Career and Personal Success, Prentice Hall,
  • Richard Paul: 2007, Thinkers Guide to how to write a paragraph: The Art of Substantive Writing, Foundation for Critical Thinking,
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Date of Last Revision25-JAN-13

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