Short Title:Learning to Learn
Full Title:Learning to Learn
Module Code:LEAR H1004
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 13 programme(s)
Module Author:GERARD RYDER
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.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Discipline-specific examples will be used throughout the module.
Preparing for Effective Learning
Rationale for Learning to Learn module; Learning at third level (teaching methods/styles – lectures, labs, tutorials; learning outcomes, assessment approaches, GPA, ECTS, timetables, independent learning, extra-curricular activities); Responsibilities as a learner (student learning agreement); Using technology to support learning (Moodle, IT skills, file storage, printing, email); Using the Library and other academic supports; Learning context (exploring the context and connectivity of learning and linking learning to college, work and life).
Learning Strategies
Understanding intelligence and learning (what is learning, learning preferences, multiple intelligences, thinking about your learning); Learning strategies (factors for effective learning; active learning; reflective learning, learning journals); Effective note-making (summarising material, mind-mapping, concept-mapping); Effective reading skills (planning your reading, active reading, skimming); Creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving (what is it; why is it important; critical reading).
Groupwork and Collaborative Learning Approaches
Rationale for groupwork (skills gained and implications for further study, work and life); Groupwork techniques (guidelines for effective groupwork, organising study groups, completing group assignments, assigning roles and tasks, being an effective group member, dealing with difficulties in groupwork); Using intrapersonal and interpersonal skills in groupwork (talking and listening skills, negotiation, leadership, giving and receiving criticism).
Communication Skills and Interpersonal Skills
Basic communication models; Listening skills; Skills for communicating with others (class conduct, professional communications); Presentation skills; Understanding and respecting diversity (perception, other cultures/backgrounds, disability); Visual communication skills (graphs, charts, images).
Self Management and Personal Development
Recognising strengths and weaknesses; Setting goals; Time management and balancing college work and life; Organisation skills (planning, prioritising, procrastination); Stress management; Diet and nutrition
Information Skills and Academic Writing
What are information skills and why are they Important?; Information sources and types; Finding information; Evaluating information; Using and communicating information; Referencing and plagiarism; Academic writing (writing styles, planning your work; starting to write; developing your writing)
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
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, 3 reflective entries (SAMPLE SCHEDULE: Week 1: 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. 1,2,3,4 40.00 Programme Board to Provide Date
Project Project or group project, including a written research-based report and presentation. (The presentation can be an individual/group/poster presentation). Project ideas will be provided. The project can be linked with another module within the programme. 2,3,4,5,6 40.00 Programme Board to Provide Date
Multiple Choice Questions Online 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 3,4,6 20.00 Programme Board to Provide Date
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
The assessment of this module is linked to delivery. All assessments must be completed in order to meet the learning outcomes of the module.

IT Tallaght 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 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Assignment Learning Journal, Project & Presentation, Online Assessments 3.50 Every Week 3.50
Independent Learning Time Independent Learning 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.50
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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TA_EAELE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 1 Mandatory
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