Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN AND ORAL PRESENTATION  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  50%
Semester Assessment SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO  Outcomes assessed: 4, 5, 6  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to resit the element(s) that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Outcome 1
Demonstrate competence in written and oral communication and working in groups

Outcome 2
Demonstrate effective study skills, including use of the library

Outcome 3
Describe the interrelationships between the subject matter within their diploma scheme

Outcome 4
Demonstrate an ability to apply IT to manage text, solve numerical problems and collect and present data.

Outcome 5
Identify career development needs and set personal and academic targets

Outcome 6
Identify WEP/APL requirements and conditions for approval.

Brief description

This module is available only to students undertaking a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree scheme in the Institute of Rural Sciences. It is designed to provide close academic and pastoral support to students during their first year and a framework within which to develop study skills, life skills and careers awareness supported by Personal Development Plans. It will also help students to integrate the subject matter of their schemes. In addition it will provide students with the necessary information, background and assistance to secure their work-placements (an integral part of their diploma schemes).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This will be a feature of the module via use of spreadsheets
Communication Oral communication will be a feature of group tutorials Written communication will be an essential part of assignments and tutorial feedback.
Improving own Learning and Performance The assignments will require students to work independently; a briefing session on use of library facilities will also be a feature. Assessed through learning to meet deadlines for assignments.
Information Technology Students will be required to demonstrate basic ability in these skills in an assessment of competence at the start of the module. Those requiring additonal support will be required to attend special classes.
Personal Development and Career planning The Careers Advisory Service will introduce the Career Development Programme and there will be a requirement to produce a cv as part of the Skills Development Portfolio.
Team work Discussion in group tutorials

Reading List

Essential Reading
Spencer, S (1998) Word processing and document presentation Primo search
Recommended Consultation
Chapman, M (1986) Plain figures Primo search Fowler, J (1990) Rural statistics for field biology Primo search Jennings, R (1999) Using Microsoft Access 2000 Primo search Kent, P (1998) The complete idiot's guide to the Internet: UK edition Primo search Langer, M (1999) Word 2000 for Windows Primo search McBride, P K (1999) Internet Explorer 5 made simple Primo search Neely, M (1997) The complete beginner's guide to the Internet 3rd Primo search Noble, D H and Course, C (1993) Spreadsheets for Agriculture Primo search Secrett, M (1993) Mastering spreadsheet budget and forecasts - a practical guide Primo search Thomas, R and Thomas L (1992) Step by Step Guides - Word for Windows Primo search Wang, W (1999) Microsoft Office 2000 for Dummies Primo search
Consult For Futher Information
Downing, D (1998) Dictionary of computer and internet Primo search Grauer, R (1999) Brief Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Primo search Marni, Ayers, Brady (1999) Microsoft Office 2000 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4