IS20010 Core Competencies for Digital Citizenship

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module challenges students to develop information and digital literacy competencies that will make them skilful users and creators of information. As they construct the genealogies of prominent figures in Irish history, students will develop essential skills to find, evaluate, use, and manage information effectively in their studies, daily lives, and future careers in public and private enterprise. In addition, they will engage in citizen science as they create historical biographies and critically examine collaborative authorship via Wikipedia. Exploring information in a range of formats, including text, audio, and visual media, students will gain practical experience with different information resources, as well as opportunities to assess the connections between the theoretical underpinnings relevant to our cognitive and affective interaction with information.

NOTE: This module involves digital learning; students should take note that *ALL* timetabled slots will be used for this module.

NOTE: Because this module is offered in a blended format, including face-to-face as well as synchronous and asynchronous learning online, students must
a) commit to active engagement weekly; and
b) ensure they have access to a computer with functioning audio & webcam set up for effective participation and collaboration during class time. For technical assistance, please contact the IT Services Help Desk.

This module is for undergraduate students. All other registration to this module is subject to the module coordinator's permission prior to registration.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Understand information seeking as a process and apply this process to everyday information queries.
2. Appreciate the structural characteristics of subject literatures and communication dynamics within research and professional communities.
3. Identify the characteristics of a selected range of information resources, including social media.
4. Identify, locate, evaluate, use, and manage information resources effectively in problem solving.
5. Apply information and digital competencies to participation in and evaluation of collaborative authorship.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics may include:
*Digital citizenship
*Digital publishing
*Digital information seeking, management, evaluation, and use
*Digital learning
*Digital literacy

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
*Active learning
*Critical thinking and writing
*Reflective learning
*Problem-based learning
*Team work
*Digital learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Exercises and activities offered throughout the module, culminating in an end-of-term quiz. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Collaborative production of a Wikipedia biography. Students are graded individually. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on project will occur at the end of the module. Feedback on test assessment and e-activities will occur automatically in Brightspace.

Fulton, C. (2010). Information pathways: A problem-solving approach to information literacy. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Grenham, J. (2019). Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. 5th ed. Dublin: Gill Books.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12 Fri 09:00 - 09:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 9 Fri 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 10:00 - 10:50