Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Key Skills for University
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Workshop 1 x 3 Hour Workshop
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Workshop 1 x 4 Hour Workshop
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


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.


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.


Sessions may be a combination of lectures, seminars or workshops and will include the following topics:

Lecture 1: Introduction to the module/ Effective note taking skills
Seminar 1: Referencing - introduction to referencing assessment
Lecture 2: How to write academic essays and avoid unfair academic practice.
Seminar 2: Reliable and unreliable sources/ searching for sources using PRIMO/ASPIRE
Lecture 3: Understanding the marking criteria for assignments/ Critical Thinking
Seminar 3: How to critically evaluate in assignments
Lecture 4: Effective time and workload management
Seminar 4: Portfolio support
Lecture 5: Key group work theories
Seminar 5: Introduction to group work project
Week 6: Enrichment workshop-includes Using feedback effectively, Discourse analysis session, reflective writing workshop, assignment support, and National library tour
Lecture 7: Destructive group processes
Seminar 7: Group project work
Lecture 8: Leadership and Communication skills
Seminar 8: Evaluation of key skills
Lecture 9: Key Skills for Employability
Seminar 9: Effective presentation skills and assignment 4 support
Lecture 10: How to write an examination answer
Seminar 10: Effective revision techniques
Week 11: Preparing for exams/Evaluating past papers and good practice of examination answers

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


This module is at CQFW Level 4