Short Title:Learning to Learn at 3rd Level (Science)
Full Title:Learning to Learn at Third Level (Science Dept Version)
Module Code:LEAR H1006
Credits: 5
Field of Study:General Programmes
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:Darvree Downey
Module Description:The aim of the module is to develop the necessary learning strategies and study skills to adapt to a third-level educational environment. The module will also encourage and motivate students to become reflective, independent learners.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify personal strengths and weaknesses as a learner, set specific learning goals and create a personal learning plan.
LO2 Study effectively as an independent learner and work collaboratively as a member of a team.
LO3 Manage time efficiently with regard to planning and organising learning tasks.
LO4 Use critical thinking and analytical skills to solve a variety of problems.
LO5 Write a research-based report and make an effective presentation.
LO6 Recognise the importance of academic integrity and identify ways of avoiding plagiarism in academic work through appropriate referencing.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Reflective Journal and Personal Learning Plan. The Learning Journal will encourage students to reflect on their learning across all modules on their programme of study. Components can include a personal learning plan with specific learning goals. (SAMPLE SCHEDULE: Week 2: submission and feedback; Week 6: submission and feedback; Week 12: submission and grading). Learning Journal entries can include evidence of students' time management strategies with regard to planning and organising learning tasks. The journal should include reflections on the practical skills module and issues encountered in working in a laboratory environment and writing laboratory reports. 1,2,3,4 30.00 Every Second Week
Project Individual project or group project, including a written research-based report and presentation. (The presentation can be a poster or oral presentation). Project ideas are provided. The project can be linked with another module within the programme. The projects are on science-based topics and designed to develop problem solving and information evaluation skills and may include an exploration of ethical questions in science. The project requires the student to apply the writing skills (including referencing) studied as part of the Learning-to-Learn module. 2,3,4,5,6 30.00 n/a
Multiple Choice Questions Online low-stake assessments/quizzes or the Library tutorials (which will be integrated with the virtual learning environment (VLE) to facilitate grading). 1) Getting Ready for Academic Study Assessment 2) Reading and Note-Making Assessment 3) Critical Thinking Skills Assessment 4) Writing Skills Assessment 5) Referencing and Plagiarism Assessment 1,3,4,6 5.00 Every Second Week
Open-book Examination Online or in-class open-book exam(s) assessing the Writing Skills coursework. Questions are designed to explore the student's understanding of the topics (including referencing and citation, plagiarism, evaluating information, exploring the scientific hypothesis). 4,6 35.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Lectures/Tutorials/Workshops with in-class activities 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Independent Learning: Reflections in Learning Journal, Project & Presentation, Online Assessments, Studying for Writing Skills exam. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Stella Cottrell 2008, The study skills handbook, Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 0230573053]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Stella Cottrell 2010, Skills for success: the personal development planning handbook, Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 9780230250185]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • HETAC 2009, Assessment and Standards
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

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