Developing Academic Skills
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Sarah Maddock
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 36 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
The aim of the module is to support students in their journey towards being an independent and lifelong learner. The module will focus on developing students’ critical thinking, research, analysis, evaluation and writing skills within the context of a programme of study and their personal, pedagogic progression. Students will be expected to engage in formative assessment of their skills during the module and to develop and present information and academic arguments using a range of communication techniques and IT formats.
The module will develop students’ understanding of the variety of resources available, how to find them, critically evaluate them and present referenced summaries of their content. Students will develop their communication and academic writing skills and apply a variety of techniques for producing supported academic arguments. Students’ digital literacy and ability to handle, manipulate and present data will be developed and skills on how to present information through a range of written, oral and visual techniques will be discussed and practiced.
The module will be structured around shared lectures and interactive sessions including a series of tutorial sessions where contextualised examples and tasks, specific to the students’ subject discipline, will provide opportunities to practice, develop and apply the skills that they have learnt.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Identify the range of learning resources available, and apply critical judgement in locating, selecting and integrating them to support their scholarly activity.
- Present textual information and articulate academic arguments in a range of formats and/or media.
- Interrogate, manipulate and present numerical data to evidence specific outcomes.
- Demonstrate how to accurately utilise and reference a range of learning resources.
- Reflect upon their use of a range of academic skills and their value in supporting continual development through the formative and summative assessment of their work.
|Coursework||Portfolio of key tasks demonstrating a range of academic skills (2,000 words)||75%|
|Coursework||Reflection on portfolio and skills developed (1,000 words)||25%|
- Hopkins, D and Reid T. (2018) The Academic Skills Handbook, Sage Publishing. Los Angeles
- Jarman, K.H (2013) The art of data analysis: how to answer almost any question using basic statistics. Wiley
- Lee-Davies, L. and Bailey, S. (2007) Developing work and study skills. Thomson. [E-book]
- Pulman, A. (2009) Blogs, wikis, podcasts and more. Palgrave Macmillan. (Pocket study skills)
- Swires-Hennessey, E. (2014) Presenting data: how to communicate your message effectively. Wiley
- Turner, K (2011) Essential Academic Skills, OUP