IT & Comm Skills
Run by Bangor University International College
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Laura McKenzie
Overall aims and purpose
This module focuses on appropriate means of communication in academic work and in addition provides the appropriate foundation in computing and IT skills to enable students to be successful in their undergraduate studies. Students will become familiar with the conventions of academic discourse and writing and learn to avoid plagiarism and poor academic practice. The module aims to:
- To introduce students from a range of backgrounds to the notions of good and bad academic practice, referencing their written work and the avoidance of plagiarism
- To enable students to submit their assignments appropriately by developing their IT skills in word-processing and spreadsheets
- To develop students’ presentation skills through public speaking and debate and to introduce the use of Powerpoint as an enhancement
This module focuses on appropriate means of communication in academic work and in addition provides the appropriate foundation in computing and IT skills to enable students to be successful in their undergraduate studies. Students will become familiar with the conventions of academic discourse and writing and learn to avoid plagiarism and poor academic practice.
During the module the students become learn how to use with confidence the computer keyboard, a printer linked with their computer and the Windows interface. They become familiar with and develop their understanding and knowledge of the uses of the key Microsoft Office programmes – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – and are shown in particular how these might be successfully used in academic studies, in particular in the presentation of written work and in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations.
The students are taught the most effective ways to search the Internet for information and of the need to evaluate it properly. They are shown how the computer can be an important tool in aiding their development as independent learners.
The students are also taught how IT can contribute to the learning process and provide a range of ways of communicating information between student and teacher and within the teaching group, whether this be via e-mail, the University’s VLE or social media
Student has shown a strong level of competence in her/his use of IT within the context of studies and uses appropriate software packages with a high degree of fluency. The student’s achievement shows a strong suitability for study at undergraduate level.
Student has demonstrated a sufficient knowledge of IT and its application to studies and a basic facility with appropriate software packages to allow the minimum level of pass for progression onto an undergraduate degree programme.
Student has demonstrated a sound, basic knowledge of IT and its application to studies and is able to use appropriate software packages with a moderate degree of fluency. The student’s achievement shows him or her as clearly able to cope with the demands of undergraduate study.
Demonstrate an understanding of the concept and terminology behind the design and construction of spreadsheets and to use Microsoft Excel to create simple spreadsheets in the context of academic studies
Use Microsoft Word to create, format, edit and save documents
Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create, format, edit and deliver presentations
Demonstrate an understanding of how the Internet works and undertake research using Internet search engines
Use the VLE, e-mails and social media as learning and communication tools
Show familiarity with the University’s referencing system and demonstrate an awareness of what constitutes good academic practice
Use a computer keyboard, printer and the Windows interface with confidence
|Task 3_Report (Group)||20.00|
|Task 4_Poster (Group)||20.00|
|Task 5_Reflective analysis||20.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
30 hours in computer laboratory through the term
reading, preparing and taking assessments
20 hours of seminar style classes through the term
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Cottrell, S. (2013) The Study Skills Handbook 4th Edition, Palgrave Study Guides Cottrell, S. & Morris, N. (2012)Study Skills Connected, Palgrave Study Guides