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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Debating Skills
Module Code EN104A
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Gallagher
Semester 2: Fiona Gallagher
Autumn: Fiona Gallagher
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
Martin Toal
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
Present and defend an argument on a contemporary issue in society

The aim of this module is to: introduce students to debating as a discourse mode; develop skills in proposing and defending a line of argument; engage in critical contemporary debates in society and manage learning Materials used in this module are mainly pitched at B2:2 (CEFR) and higher

Learning Outcomes

1. define and set out theoretical underpinnings of a motion
2. use the skill of rebuttal, including the use of supporting evidence
3. demonstrate ability to work effectively in teams
4. display knowledge of specialised vocabulary pertaining to a given topic or field
5. self-assess oral language skills
6. plan short-term goals for the development of debating skills

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars12Debating & language skills development
Debate12group debates
Independent Study101Researching topics, preparing debates
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

Information gathering skills

Presentation skills

Voice modulation & body language

Functions of agreeing and disagreeing

Compensation Strategies

Management of interaction (including listening and note-taking)

Negotiation of meaning

Summarizing skills

Team work skills

Management of learning
Self-assessment, goal setting, reporting on learning

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationPreparation of arguments for and against a motion and reflection on the process30%Week 8
Oral ExaminationGroup debate70%Week 12
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

  • Bowell, T & Kemp, G: 2005, Critical Thinking, 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Blundel, R: 1998, Effective Business Communication, Prentice Hall, New York,
  • Hasling, J.: 1975, The Audience, The Message, The Speaker, McGrawHill Book Company,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
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EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
Date of Last Revision07-FEB-10

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