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Foundation Studies

Semester One and Two

All BA (Liberal Arts) students must take a compulsory Foundation Studies module in both semester one and semester two. These modules aim to develop core generic transferable skills that will serve students well both at university and also in their future careers.

In semester one, Foundation Studies 1 (FN4761) comprises an introduction to the Theory and Practice of Academic Writing as well as an Introduction to Information Technology. Students are introduced to academic writing theory and also have an opportunity to develop and practice their academic writing skills.

Theory of Writing

Topics covered include:

  • Differences between written and spoken language;
  • Differences between types of language;
  • The writing process and product;
  • Academic genre;
  • Academic conventions;
  • Language awareness.

Practical Writing

Topics covered include:

  • Reference the work of others appropriately;
  • Structure a paragraph;
  • Structure an essay;
  • Recognise an appropriate academic writing style;
  • Use appropriate punctuation;
  • Edit and critique you own writing as well as the writing of others.

In semester two, all students complete an introduction to Research in the Humanities and Information Technology as part of Foundation Studies 2 (FN4762).

Introduction to Research in the Humanities topics covered include the following:

  • quantitative and qualitative research;
  • planning and research questions;
  • ethical and related issues;
  • effective reading strategies;
  • literature review;
  • online research;
  • data collection techniques;
  • documentary evidence;
  • gathering qualitative data;
  • gathering quantitative data.


IT component of Foundation Studies:

The IT component of Foundation Studies identifies and equips our students with the computer skills needed to achieve success in their college studies.  Students with very little IT skills are provided with additional support. 

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to be competent users of the college network, systems and software for their college studies.   Students get hands on practical sessions in appropriate software applications for academic document creation and presentations.  Students will be competent with the ICT skills to enable them handle all the activities linked to a research project.

Topics covered include: College Network; Communication Tools; File Management; the Internet; Word Processing; Presentation Software; Graphics Software; Spreadsheet Software; Virtual Learning Environment


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