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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

After a general introduction, the module looks at study, research, writing and exam skills in detail. topics to be covered include: effective note-taking; use of library; basic internet; research; the ethics of research; grammar and punctuation; introduction to structuring and referencing; exam preparation and practice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Use appropriate writing skills to support and reference an academic argument.
2. have a foundational understanding of the concepts and methods pertaining to theological and educational writing skills.
3. identify his/her own learning needs regarding academic writing skills.
4. develop an informed understanding of the ethical responsibilities involved in academic writing.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture6Lecture on core skills
Lecture2Library skills session
Lecture1Responses to Moodle fora
Tutorial2ICT skills session in small groups
Independent Study4Reading prescribed texts; participation in online tutorials; writing practice (e.g., informal learning journals); using reference tools
Assignment Completion0.25Online examination
Total Workload: 15.25

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

Study skills days
Students spend two full days on campus attending lectures, tutorials and groupwork sessions.

Participation in online activities
Students use Moodle and its discussion boards to supplement independent learning, and complete e-tutorials as suggested

Independent learning
Students study prescribed texts and keep informal records (e.g. notes, indexes, learning journals) of their progress in the area of study skills.

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

  • Harry Blamires: 2000, The Penguin Guide to Plain English, Penguin, London,
  • Alasdair Fowler: 2007, How to Write, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Martin Manser and Stephen Curtis: 2002, The Penguin Writer's Manual, Penguin, London,
  • Paul J. Silvia: 2002, How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing, American Psychological Association,
  • R.L. Trask: 2001, Mind the Gaffe: The Penguin Guide to Common Errors in English, Penguin, London,
  • Lynne Truss: 2003, Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Guide to Punctuation, Profile Books, London,
Other Resources

99, MDI Intranet, Mater Dei Insitute of Education, 2009, Mater Dei Undergraduate Style Sheet, Dublin, https://www.materdei.ie/intranet/stylemanual/index.php, 100, Online tutorial, Dublin City University, 2009, Struggling with writing?, Dublin, DCU, http://www.dcu.ie/ExL/writing/index.shtml, 101, Online tutorial, DCU, 2009, LETS: DCU Library E-tutorial, http://www.dcu.ie/~library/lets/begin-1-01.htm, 102, Online tutorial, University of Leicester, 2009, Avoiding Plagiarism, http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/sd/ld/resources/study/plagiarism-tutorial, 103, Online tutorial, Meriel Patrick, 2009, Internet for Religious Studies, Intute, http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/tutorial/religiousstudies, 104, Website, William F. Fore, 1997, Religion Online, Claremont, CA, Claremont School of Theology, http://www.religion-online.org/about.htm, 105, Website, Irish Theological Association, 0, Theology.ie, http://www.theology.ie/, 106, E-Book, Mantex, 2000, Improve your Writing Skills, Manchester, Mantex, http://www.mantex.co.uk/samples/ebooks.htm,
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