Module: Digital Skills

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    John Dooley
  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours

Module content

This module introduces students to key concepts relating to uses of ICT.  Students will practise: file creation and management; network and data security; web browsing and information searching; on-line communication including email etiquette and personal IT security; creation, formatting and finishing of word processed documents; use of spreadsheets including formatting, standard formulae and creation of graphs and charts; creation of presentations, and some introductory work on project planning.

Module outcomes

To pass this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills of information literacy.
  2. Create spreadsheets incorporating formulae and graphs.
  3. Develop creative and effective presentations.
  4. Search securely for online information before evaluating, managing and organising that information.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Produce an e-portfolio 75%
Coursework Group digital project 25%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

See RAU Resource list for full details:

LifeSkills | Developing work and life skills. (n.d.).  

Skills for OU Study - Skills for OU Study - Open University. (n.d.). 

Neville, Colin. (n.d.). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (3rd ed). Open University Press, 2016.

Copus, Julia. (n.d.). Brilliant writing tips for students. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Pulman, Andy. (n.d.). Blogs, wikis, podcasts and more. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Excel 2013 Tutorial: A Comprehensive Guide to Excel for Anyone - YouTubePractical ‘How to’ guides for livestock farmers - YouTube. (n.d.). 

Digital Skills Resources | Microsoft. (n.d.). 

Digital Skills | Learning & Work. (n.d.). 

Free digital skills courses for all levels. (n.d.). 

Video Storytelling For Social Media | Online Course. (n.d.).

Free Social Media Tutorials at GCFGlobal. (n.d.).