RDEV10020 Information Skills

Academic Year 2022/2023

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to some of the key skills required in your chosen Degree Programme. The focus of the module will be on transitioning into University life and the expectations that your lecturers and tutors have for you. We will be looking at how critical thinking and working independently is such a strong feature of your new academic life.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The Intended Learning Outcomes for the Module are:

• To understand the requirements and expectations for Third Level assessment.
• To introduce critical thinking into assignments and exams.
• To establish good practices in communication, both verbal and written.

Indicative Module Content:

(i) Addressing your expectations of University Life; and University's expectations of you.
(ii) Getting organised.
(iii) Using technology.
(iv) Writing.
(v) Synthesising, Analysing, Presenting.
(vi) Building a portfolio of work.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered in three different ways - through large class online lectures, small group in-person support tutorials, and self directed tasks. Students are expected to carry out lecture tasks in the virtual learning environment (VLE) and complete assignments in the supported tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Info Skills & Computer Apps (AERD10020)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Each student will be required to contribute specific tasks to their eportfolio throughout the semester Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be given feedback as they build up their portfolios over the trimester. Initially feedback will be given a group basis, in both lectures and small group computer labs. This will be followed by peer review and self-assessment activities; and finally with individual grades.