Module Information

Module Identifier
ED13620
Module Title
Key Skills for University
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Co-Requisite
Co-Requisite
Co-Requisite
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 10 x 3 Hour Workshops
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Online assessment  Online assessment of referencing and bibliographic skills.  20%
Semester Assessment Portfolio  Study skills portfolio - 1000 words .  35%
Semester Assessment Group work project  a) Key Skills flyer - students to work in teams to develop 'key skills' flyer for undergraduate students (25% of project mark). b) 750 word evaluation of group work practices will follow (75% of project mark).   25%
Semester Exam 6 Hours   Presentation  Individual presentation - 5 minutes with PowerPoint- students to present on the development of study skills or development of transferrable skills.  Departmental exam  20%
Supplementary Assessment Online assessment  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  20%
Supplementary Assessment Portfolio  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  35%
Supplementary Assessment Group work project  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  25%
Supplementary Exam 6 Hours   Presentation  All failed elements of the assessments must be re-taken if the student's average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  Departmental exam  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate competence in key academic and transferable skills.

Identify ways of improving personal learning

Understand and evaluate the key issues associated with group work

Understand the key principles of communication and leadership

Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others

Be self-reflective in regards to study skills and transferrable skills

Brief description

The module will begin with an outline of the key study skills that students will be required to develop. These will include referencing, essay writing, using academic sources, time management, critical evaluation, and examination technique. The module will equally focus on key transferrable skills including group working, leadership, and communication, which will link to students' PDP and career planning.

Aims

To provide students with the necessary study skills to complete academic assignments and examinations at university.
To enable students to work effectively in groups.
To introduce students to key transferrable skills.
To allow students to develop skills in self-reflection and evaluation.

Content

Practical Workshops will be related to:
1 Referencing, reliable and unreliable sources, unfair academic practice and time management.
(Assignment 1 information)
2 Finding sources in university, using sources effectively and searching for journal articles (computer room)
3 Understanding the School of Education criteria, academic writing, planning for essays in university, critical writing
4 Assignment 2 information and Assignment 2 support
5 National Library information and tour
6 Module enrichment week
7 Assignment 3 information and group work theory
8 Group work project and assignment 3 support.
9 Key skills for employability workshop
10 Exam, revision and presentation skills
11 Presentation development session

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students may analyze numerical data in researching their assignments.
Communication Students will have the opportunity to develop their written and oral communication skills. Oral presentation skills will be developed through in class discussions and an assessed presentation. Written skills will be developed through the assignments. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills to communicate to different audiences through the development of the flier.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required to undertake self-directed study in terms of the wider reading and assignment preparation. Attendance in sessions will enhance a range of learning skills. Students will reflect on improvements to own learning in portfolio and presentation assignments
Information Technology Students will develop competency in utilizing electronic sources of information through bibliographic and web based sources. Assignments 2 & 3 will be submitted in a word processed format; assignment 3 will utilize appropriate design software. Assignment 4 will utilize PowerPoint
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills including time management, team work, communication and evaluative skills. These will be incorporated into lectures and seminars and be assessed as a core aspect of the module.
Problem solving Students will analyse a range of sources and texts as part of their portfolio work and group project. Problem solving activities will form part of the lectures.
Research skills Students will have the opportunity to undertake independent research for their assignments. There are sessions covering effective information gathering skills within the modules.
Subject Specific Skills Students will have the opportunity to communicate educational practices and contexts to a range of audiences/ learners. This will, in part, be assessed through the study skills flier to be developed. As part of the examination preparation sessions links will be made to the context of other modules.
Team work Students will have the opportunity to work in groups as part of the group work project assignment. Additionally, all seminar will include an element of group work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4