Module Code: SC3303

Micro-credential Overview

In this Micro-credential, you will (1) learn about the Digitalisation of the Future (basic concepts & terminology) and (2) follow step-by-step videos to develop new digital skills for work and for everyday living, in line with the five Competence Areas of the EC’s Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, DigComp. 2.2 (2022).

A range of interesting topics, tips and tools are explored within each of the five competency areas as follows:

DigComp Competence Area 1: Information & Data Literacy 
Information, Misinformation, Disinformation; Email & Communication; Search Engines, Google Services; Virtual Reality; Cloud Storage Services; Spam, Scam, Deepfakes.

DigComp Competence Area 2: Communication & Collaboration
Effective Online Workplace, Meetings, Etiquette, Collaboration; Productivity & Insights; Blogging, Short Form Video; Social Media Platforms, Presence & Responsibility; File Sharing; Music, Video & Live Streaming.

DigComp Competence Area 3: Digital Content Creation
Visual Design for Document Formats; Accessibility & Inclusivity; Press, Radio, Library Services; Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning; Design for Presentations; PDF, Scanning.

DigComp Competence Area 4: Safety
Datafication of Aspects of Life; Password Management & Authentication; Health & Public Services; Green ICT; GDPR, Cyber Safety; Payments, Cryptocurrency.

DigComp Competence Area 5: Problem Solving
Privacy, Smart Home Devices, the Internet of Things; Meaningful Graphs; QR Codes; Social Robots, Automation, Universal Basic Income; Windows Shortcuts; PCs, Peripherals, Connectivity.

Start Date

Academic Year 2024/25, Semester 1

Mode of Study and Assessment

The mode of study for this Micro-credential is Online Learning. Assessment will be carried out on a continuous basis. 

In this module, students are given a clear and organised schedule of dates, content and work due. The content is divided into five blocks of three weeks. This block structure is designed to avoid putting students under pressure and to give students the flexibility to plan time for learning around the demands of personal life and work.

In each block, the first two weeks involve a weekly release of a series of short videos with running times and a set of short individual assignments (no group work) with multiple modes of assignment sources and assignment outputs. The third week of each block involves no new content so that students can focus on assignment work and opt to participate in an optional recorded live drop-in session with other students, where the lecturer discusses the assignments and student queries. Submitted assignments are returned with detailed individual written feedback. Indeed throughout the learning and assignment process, students are supported by their lecturer directly via Chat, which connects learner and lecturer without the barrier or formality of email.

NFQ Level and ECTS

Level 8 

10 ECTS 

Application Process

From the 1st April 2024 you can apply for any University of Galway Micro-credential through our Online Application Portal

When completing your application please make sure to select the following categories:

Academic level: Micro-credentials and CPD
College/Interest type: Micro-credentials/CPD Undergrad Level 7 and 8
Academic programme: Training and Education Micro-credentials – CPB5

You will need to manually enter the Module Name and Code under ‘Module Name’ on the second page of your application. Please copy the name and code below:

Digital Competences - SC3303

You can find more details on our application process here.

Course Fees


*Fee Subsidy
Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 80% HEA fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidised places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria on the Micro-credentials webpage.

This course has also been approved by Galway Executive Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 30% for students whose company is a member of their network. For more information, contact: Galway Executive Skillnet – Eamonn Molloy at:

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NB: Applicants can only apply one subsidy towards their application. 

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be over 21 years of age.

Contact Information

If you have any queries please email:

MicroCreds Podcast

MicroCreds Podcast

Janice Mulvany Glennon, meets with Danielle Martin, academic lead, to discuss the Digital Competences Micro-credential

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