Module Details

Module Code: COMM C1405
Module Title: Communications and Academic Writing
Title: Communications and Academic Writing
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Martin Meagher
Module Author:: Dara McHugh
Module Description: This module develops the students' ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and business contexts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Describe and utilise the 'Communications Process' and identify and negate the 'Barriers to Communication'.
LO2 Demonstrate the ability to conduct research online and evaluate, summarise and reference this information.
LO3 Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, for specific business and academic purposes.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
An Introduction to Business Communications
• Communication Process • Barriers to Communication • Non-verbal communications • Listening skills • Communication etiquette
Effective Business Writing
• Oral versus written communication • Understanding the audience • Principles of Written communication • Planning and preparation • Internal/ external business communications • Accuracy in writing: spelling, punctuation, grammar, proofreading.
Research Skills
Developing library/ research skills • Finding and evaluating sources • Summarising and paraphrasing from sources • Avoiding plagiarism • Academic writing style • Referencing
Report writing
• What is a report • How are reports structured • The language of the report • Types of reports • Report layout and presentation
Making Presentations
• Preparing for a presentation • Delivering an effective presentation • Handling questions
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 20
Timing Ongoing Learning Outcomes 1,3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
A combination of some/ all of the following: in-class tests, quizzes and assignments.
Assessment Type Written Report % of Total Mark 50
Timing Week 10 Learning Outcomes 2,3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Written report based on research completed and showcasing clean and clear writing skills and an adherence to report writing protocols
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 30
Timing Sem 1 End Learning Outcomes 3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Presentation of report
No Project
No Practical
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.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Laboratory Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.50 7.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Duck, S. and McMahon, T.. (2015), Communication in Everyday Life, 2nd. Sage, [ISBN: 978-150637764].
  • Open Textbook. (2015), Business Communication for Success, University of Minnesota, [ISBN: 9781946135056].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cottrell, S.. (2019), The Study Skills Handbook, 5th ed.. Red Globe Press, [ISBN: 978-113761087].
  • Murtagh, K.. (2020), The 5 Pillars of Effective Public Speaking, Independently published, [ISBN: B08DPV71PF].
  • Pears, R. and Shields, G.. (2019), Cite Them Right, MacMillan Education UK, [ISBN: 978-135200513].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
Discussion Note: