Welcome to Critical Skills.

Critical Skills is a unique offering to Maynooth University first-year students. It is compatible with most programmes of study. To confirm if Critical Skills is a subject choice for your programme please check the appropriate First year guide below:

MH101 First Year Guide

Guide for all students excluding MH101

Critical Skills aids the transition to third level while at the same time complementing and supporting interdisciplinary learning. It is designed to help first year students to learn, experience, practice and develop essential skills that will support their University career. Small class sizes, active learning, and a focus on transferrable skills sets Critical Skills apart from traditional subject choices.

Critical Skills teaches sought-after attributes not only for an academic career but also looking forward to future employability. By the end of first year, Critical Skills students will be able to deal with complex arguments, evaluate evidence and make balanced judgments, and communicate ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.

Critical Skills aims to develop these abilities early in the university learning experience.  This will help the progression into third level while at the same time complementing and supporting interdisciplinary learning. It is designed to help first year students to learn, experience, practice and develop essential skills that will support their learning. These skills include:

•             Academic writing
•             Analysis and use of data
•             Analytical thinking
•             Communication
•             Critical thinking
•             Developing learning skills
•             Information processing
•             Interpersonal skills

We use innovative teaching techniques facilitated by the support of the library and the small class size to develop these skills.

Critical Skills courses will be on offer as a 15 credit option for First years only, and you can choose to take a Critical Skills course as one of your credit-bearing courses in first year.  It will involve small group sessions every week, which will give you an opportunity to develop and practice these essential skills right from the outset.

For the 2019/2020 year, the course is offered in several distinct versions and a universal version. You just choose the one that most appeals to you.  You can find out more during orientation week, and decide if you want to register for these. Availability is subject to timetable considerations and degree choice.
 
Critical Skills Summer 2019

The Critical Skills summer module is a compressed course that will run from July 8 through July 19. This is an active learning, writing intensive course. Attendance is required to pass. Students will register for the Critical Skills Summer Module via a webform. The webform will be made available from Monday, 1 July. Registration will close at 5.00pm on Sunday, July 7. Applications will not be accepted after this date.
For more information please read the following:  Critical Skills Summer 2019