Uaneen Module

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DCU formally recognises and rewards the achievement of holistic education by accrediting a module in extra-curricular activities – the Uaneen Module. The Uaneen Module is a unique scheme that formally recognises the work done and learning acquired by students with University and outside clubs, societies, community work and extra-curricular activity in general. Depending on your degree programme, the Uaneen Module can be either a contributing 5 credit elective or a non-contributing optional additional 5 credit module. In both cases, successful completion means that you will be awarded credits that are included in the degree parchment. DCU is the first third level institution in the Republic of Ireland to reward extracurricular activity in such a manner.  The Uaneen Module is managed and administered by DCU's Office of Student Life and is endorsed by IBEC.

History behind the Awards

There have been a number of attempts in recent years, by various sections of the DCU community, to initiate a reward system that would recognise the hard work done by many students outside of their academic work. In March 2000, these various sections of the University came together to create such a system that would finally begin to reward students for their efforts.

These awards were named in memory of Uaneen Fitzsimons, the late RTE presenter, who played an active role in society and campus life in DCU. Uaneen progressed from DCU to carve out a successful career in the entertainment industry before her untimely death in 2000.

In February 2004, the awards were evaluated by the University and DCU became the first Irish university to formally acknowledge and offer academic credits for the extracurricular activities of its students.

Both of the above options will enable the university to award internationally recognised credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for a range of non-academic activities that can range from the sporting, political and creative to the community and social.

Module Descriptor

Module Title:           Uaneen Module (Extracurricular activities)

Module Code:          UM 404 Contributing

             UM 405 Non-contributing

School:                     University wide Module

Co-ordinator:          Una Redmond                                             

Office Number:       K121

Level:                        4                                                                     

Credit rating:           5 credits

Pre-requisite:          None

Co-requisite:           A suite of modules warranting the award of DCU degree at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Module Aims

This module aims to award credit to students who have had their involvement in extra-curricular activity assessed during their period of study at DCU and have demonstrated reflective learning arising from participation in those activities. The aim of the module is to encourage activity, outside the rigour of academic study and assessment, which is recognised as adding to the rounding of the education of the student in its broadest sense. The activity/ies and the student’s reflection on the learning arising will be recorded by the student in a learning diary or portfolio and will be assessed and approved by an Award Board appointed by Academic Council for this purpose.

1. For students who are taking the Uaneen Module as one of a group of final year 5 credits electives, the mark awarded will be incorporated into the calculation of the overall mark for degree classification purposes. This will be registered as UM404.

2. For students taking the Uaneen Module as an additional module, the marks will not be incorporated into the calculation of degree classification. This will be registered as UM405.

In both cases, ECTS credits will be awarded and, additionally, the Uaneen Certificate will be presented at the Graduation.

The five credits will form part of the standard credits (180, 240 or 90) required by the Bologna Agreement for completion of a programme of study for students taking UM404. For students taking UM405, the credits will be additional to the standards credits. In both cases, the credits will be recorded on the students’ Diploma Supplements.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to;

1. Collect and synthesis information required to develop a unique learning portfolio, which is self crafted and self directed.

2. Critically select activities which contribute to learning and exercise judgement in selecting extra curricular activities which provide learning opportunities.

3. Apply learning to complex societal problems and identify, investigate, formulate and advocate solutions

4. Determine their role in the wider society and recall information, concepts and theories which are essential to build a democratic society.

5. Demonstrate leadership and self reliance while using an objective approach to problem solving. 6. Justify their own values, motivations and passions to display a personal value system to create a just and democratic society.

Uaneen Module Assessment Criteria

Your Uaneen module portfolio will be accessed according to several weighted criteria.  In each case, your work will receive a grade for criterion that falls in a particular grade band, similarly to how your other modules evaluate your work.  The grade bands, the range of available marks associated with them, and the way in which they apply in the case of each of the assessment criteria, are detailed below.

Grade Bands

First Class Honours  

70%-100%  Excellent, exemplary, thorough, clear, free of errors.

Second Class Honours Grade 1    

60%-69%  Good, well-structured, only minor omissions or errors.

Second Class Honours Grade 2 

50%-59%  Fair, satisfactory content, some less developed areas, errors.

Third Class Honours                          

40%-49%  Adequate or barely adequate, substantial errors or omissions.


Less than 40% Insufficient, does not meet minimal expected standards.



Log of Activities – 5 marks


A Log of Activities comprising a thorough succinct and complete reference for the student’s involvements.  This log follows the template structure exactly and each listing is a concise and informative descriptor for the activity mentioned, providing full understanding for the reader of the chronology, duration, and scope of extracurricular participation.


A Log of Activities comprising a complete reference for the student’s involvements, which follows the template structure exactly, but falls short of the standard of excellence required for the H1 band by being less concise and informative in its listings.


A Log of Activities that provides a solid level of information on the student’s extracurricular participation, but has significant issues with structure or clarity, or deviates from the provided template.


A Log of Activities that communicates a fundamental or barely adequate overview of participations, but which does not use the required template or has other serious issues affecting the structure and clarify of the activities described.


A Log of Activities that does not adequately address the intention for this element, through a failure to provide sufficient basic information about participation, either through omission or very poor structuring.



Level of involvement - 10 marks


Evidence of an excellent or exemplary level of sustained involvement in extracurricular activities, over a minimum of two years.  Participation should involve positions of responsibility, with a particular emphasis on leadership roles.


Evidence of a good level of involvement in extracurricular activities, over a minimum of two years.  Participation should demonstrate responsibility and roles involving management or coordination.


Evidence of sustained level of involvement in extracurricular activities, over a minimum of one year, or in the case of a self-contained extracurricular project for the duration of that project.


Evidence of active participation in extracurricular activities for at least one year.


Insufficient evidence of an adequate involvement in extracurricular activities.






Competencies gained – 35 marks


Clear and well-defined discussion of proficiencies in a diverse range of competencies.  Demonstration and critical evaluation of the competencies gained through leadership roles in extracurricular activities.


Demonstrate proficiency in a wide range of competencies.  Demonstration and evaluation of the competencies gained through involvement in extracurricular activities.


Demonstration, with minimal or no evaluation of competencies gained through engagement with extracurricular activities.


Demonstration of competencies gained through engagement in extracurricular activities.


Insufficient evidence of proficiency in any competency / competencies.



Self-reflection, Motivation, Values and Ethics - 35 marks


Deep and meaningful reflection and articulation of own passions, values and motivations and ethics.  Demonstration of specific insights and potential implications and actions in future outcomes.


Consideration and articulation of own passions, values and motivations and ethics.  Reflection on impact on self and others.


Evidence of reflection on own learning and questioning of impact on self and others.


Description of own learning and impact on others with little or no analysis.


Insufficient evidence of any reflection on own learning and impact on others.



Presentation and Organisation and structure of portfolio - 15 marks

(quality of writing, use of language, layout and design)


Well structured, fluent, readable, accurate and coherent work combining excellent standard of presentation and creative use of materials (where relevant).


Well presented, fluent, readable and accurate work.


Appropriately presented, ideas clearly communicate, use and accuracy of language satisfactory.


Presentation satisfactory, reasonable clarity of expression and use of language.


Expression and presentation not of a minimal acceptable standard.


Why get involved in extracurricular activities?

The experience and skills gained from extra-curricular activity during the third level experience is being recognised and valued more and more by employers. A graduate's work with clubs, societies and other extra-curricular activity during their time studying is often what sets them apart from other applicants in an interview or job situation. This is one of the reasons that the employer's organisation IBEC works in co-operation with DCU in facilitating these awards.

Please Note:

*No work, for any commercial entity, whether paid or unpaid, will be accepted as part of the Uaneen module.