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At the Dublin Institute of Technology, an engineering programme in the School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering has successfully incorporated a study skills module into the core curriculum. The module, titled Academic Development and Key Skills, is part of the first year of the programme and has a two-fold purpose. Primarily the goal is to assist the students with the transition from second level education to third level by teaching them a more competent learning style. This, in turn, helps to create a positive impact with respect to the retention of this student group within the programme. The second year of this module develops these study skills further. It has been recognised by industry that study skills – otherwise known as soft, core, key or transferable skills – in fact mirror many of the skills that students require for their future careers, for example time management, presentation skills, communication skills and task management. This paper discusses how the implementation of study skills into the core curriculum of a third level engineering programme can be of benefit to the current and future needs of students, both academic and for personal development. By providing an environment in which to develop and learn these skills, the engineering programme thus addresses the holistic needs of its student population.
Shoemaker, Leslie : The application of learning skills in an engineering programme. Level3, Issue 4, August 2006. doi:10.21427/0hy5-2g71