Service Learning
A teaching tool connecting community and classroom

Skills for Work Life

Skills for Work Life

Module Leader: Mr. Michael Campion

Michael Campion completed a B.E.(Industrial) degree and an M.Eng.Sc. degree at NUI Galway and an MBA at UCD. He worked for twenty five years in the computer software industry in Ireland, working for Digital Equipment International, Lotus Development Corporation, Claris Corporation and ADC Telecommunications. Since rejoining NUI Galway in a lecturing capacity, he has incorporated a programme of transferable skills development through the undergraduate degrees of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics'.

Course Titles: Bachelor of Commerce and B.Sc. in Business Information Systems
Skills for Work Life
2nd B.Comm, 3rd B.Sc. in Business Information Systems

Participants: The full class size is 370 students, comprised of 2nd B.Comm, 2nd B.Comm (Accounting) and 3rd B.Sc. in Business Information Systems. As part of the module course work, they must carry out a project in a small group of 3 or 4 students, which can be one of two types:
1. Community Partner Project Work - Students sign up to do this type of project and are either allocated to a community partner or they find one themselves. Over the course of the first semester, they carry out a project which is of value to the partner.
2. Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader work - Students can request to take on this role but numbers are limited. It involves the School of Business first dividing the new First Year students of the School into small groups. Two or threw PAL Leaders are assigned to one of the groups and, then over the course of the first semester, they work as a team and facilitate the First Year students' helping themselves to settle into college and learn together.
Credits: 5 Ects
Length: 12 weeks
Community Partners: In 2012 the community partners included: Ability West/Best Buddies, Action Breast Cancer, Age Action, AIDS West, Alzheimer's Society, CAMARA, Cancer Care West, Console, COPD, COPE, Croi, Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, Enable Ireland, Fighting Blindness, Foroige, Galway Community Circus, Galway Parkinsons Association, Hand in Hand, HOPE Foundation, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Wheelchair Association, ISPCC, Lakeview School Renmore, Madra, Myasthemia Gravis, Positive Mental Health Foundation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, SERVE, Tulca Theatre and Youth Work Ireland,

The Skills for Work Life module gives students the opportunity to work in small groups with community partners to carry out service learning project work that provides value to the community. It involves meeting with the partners, agreeing on the project work to be undertaken and then carrying out the projects over a six week period. At the end of the semester, each group presents back to a set of their class colleagues on the work that they have carried out.

In addition, all students that take the module are encouraged to become active in participating in, and representing NUI Galway in Enactus, which is an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable, world. As part of their project work for the module, the students must devise social entrepreneurship projects for consideration by the NUI Galway Enactus Society.

In the past the students have taken on the following Community Partnership Project such as: