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JOUR6001 - Communication

Long Title:Communication
Module Code:JOUR6001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Journalism
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Mary Galvin
Module Author: JUNE O REILLY
Module Description: This module concentrates on making presentations, writing summaries, and on using communication research tools. It aims to increase students' confidence in presenting information and ideas to a live audience, developing their ability to use technology as an aid to, rather than as a substitute for, human communication. The module intends to sharpen the students' proficiency in summarising information, ideas and arguments in a variety of media and formats as well as providing a practical introduction to some communication tools used to gather information for projects.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Display a level of confidence in making oral presentations.
LO2 Show proficiency in preparing and using a range of communication aids.
LO3 Gather information using research tools involving communication.
LO4 Synopsise information in a variety of formats.
LO5 Defend a claim by providing a reasoned argument in its support.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Presentation Aids
Using technology as an aid to, rather than a substitute for, effective communication; adapting information for oral and visual delivery; cue-card preparation and correct usage; preparation and use of acetates and powerpoint slides; demonstration; display/exhibit; drama/role-play; use of sound; adding dramatic effect.
Summary and Synopsis
Writing summaries and synopses; producing concise agendas and minutes; reducing scripts to key points on cue-cards; summary of arguments; visual synopsis; powerpoint summaries/reductions; producing short reports, executive summaries and abstracts and progress reports.
Reasoning and Argumentation
Reasoning and communication; propositions and motions; types of reasoning (induction/deduction); validity and soundness; argument types; fallacies in reasoning; dealing with counter-arguments; persuasion techniques.
Oral Presentation
Topics include making a connection with a live audience, establishing and maintaining eye-contact, developing voice projection, cultivating a natural tone, controlling non-verbal communication, managing time, opening and closing presentations, rehearsing, dealing with Q/A sessions.
Communicating and Researching
Survey methods: observation/recording;vox pop; questionnaire; focus group; intervention/experiment; structured/unstructured interview; poll.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Individual Presentation using only cue-cards 1,2,4 10.0 Week 3
Performance Evaluation Debate/public speaking with written summary and synopsis 1,2,4,5 30.0 Week 6
Presentation Team progress report with powerpoint and executive summary 1,2,3,4 10.0 Week 9
Presentation Team Presentation and Short Formal Report from Weeks 10-12 with full audience participation 1,2,3,4 50.0 Week 10
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.

The institute 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
Lecture class based instruction 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial assessment preparation 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study and reading 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study and reading 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Lecture Lecture/workshop 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Truss, L. 2003, Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, 1st Ed., Profile Books London [ISBN: 1-861-97612-7]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HCOED_7 Bachelor of Arts in Community Development 2 Elective
CR_HCOED_6 Higher Certificate in Arts in Community Development 2 Elective

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