Introduction:

There are some skills that we regard as critical for a university education and that every university graduate should have.

These are also skills that are highly valued by today's employers.  You will have to be able to deal with complex arguments, evaluate evidence and make balanced judgements, and communicate ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.  Because these skills are so important, both in university and beyond, we are offering a specially designed foundation course for first-year students in critical skills.

The First Year Critical Skills courses will be on offer as a 15 credit option, 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 2016, the course is offered in seven distinct versions, and you can 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.

Full details of the Modules are outlined in the tab below.

The timetable for Semester 1 will issue shortly.

For more information please e-mail :  criticalskills@nuim.ie