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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

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; manage learning via electronic portfolio (LOLIPOP). The minimum exit level for this module is B2:2

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 and creating LOLIPOP portfolio
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 Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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

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