Module Information

Module Identifier
DS24310
Module Title
Developing Academic and Reflective Skills
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Distance Learning
Pre-Requisite
Professional experience in Information field
Reading List

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Report  2,000-2,500 words  70%
Semester Assessment Reflective piece  1000-1500 words  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of, and reflect on, the connection between professional, personal experience/knowledge and academic practice;

Critically assess and evaluate academic and other sources, and identify useful study skills and how to develop them;

Apply academic conventions and style to formal material for assessment;

Reflect on the experience of creating formal content , referring to academic skills and value of prior professional experience and knowledge, and including a response to academic feedback.

Aims

The purpose of this module is to provide adult learners starting the BSc ILS with the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between their professional experience in the workplace and developing effective academic skills. It will focus on independent learning, research skills, critical analysis and use of sources. Students will start to develop an academic vocabulary appropriate to the Social Sciences and Information Studie




Brief description

The module aims to enable students to make the transition to learning at Part 2 undergraduate level by introducing a range of academic practices generic to the social sciences and related specifically to Information Studies.




Content

Introductory sessions and workshops will be followed by material on Blackboard. This will include Learning Styles and Reflective Practice, Critical Reading and Literature Searching, Numerical Skills, Presentation Skills, Report Writing, and Citation Skills. The learning material provided, will focus on examples and models from Information Studies




Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Session on numeracy skills and ability to interpret and communicate statistical information
Communication Contributing to sessions – face to face and online. Written skills in assignment Presentation skills in assignment
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflecting on learning style, professional experience and relating to developing academic skills
Information Technology Developing searching strategy related to assignment topic Use of Blackboard discussion area
Personal Development and Career planning Reflecting on personal and professional experience and relating to course
Problem solving Evaluating and using sources Creating assignment structure and order
Research skills Research for assignment topic, evaluating sources, summarizing, paraphrasing, using web and databases
Subject Specific Skills Developing understanding of the ‘context’ and ‘ academic language’ of Information Studies
Team work Contribution to discussion areas face to face and online. Identifying sources of advice from workplace

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5