Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 Hours.
Other 6 x 2 hour workshops chosen from a variety of topics


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation -  designed to demonstrate awareness of the key areas covered in the module.  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word essay  - Academic Writing Assignment  50%
Supplementary Assessment 2,500 word  assessment covering research project, styles of writing, transferable skills and references.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  covering the relationship between the project, writing styles, and writing and presentation of conference material  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of this module, students should be able to;

  • Demonstrate a range of bibliographic and computing skills
  • Critically assess the ethical and legal issues involved in research practice, including issues of intellectual property rights
  • Demonstrate skills in a range of dissemination strategies, including writing, oral presentation, internet usage, media usage
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key skills involved in teaching in a higher education context
  • Work as part of a team
  • Show an appreciation of the issues involved in managing a long-term research project

Brief description

This module will form an integral part of a suite of RT masters courses being developed across the University. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.


This module aims to give research students a broad knowledge of a range of transferable skills that they can apply in a variety of research interests. In particular, it will develop the ability of students to undertake independent research projects. To this end, students will be required to submit independent work, which is linked to their own particular research topic, and their ability to formulate and manage independent research projects will be assessed. The module will also cover personal development. Students will be given skills in networking, teaching skills and presentation skills. The module also contains IT skills, both for general career development and in an applied research context.


This module covers the following topics:
Cores Sessions
  • Academic communication and writing
  • Oral presentation strategies
  • Literature searching and Literature review
  • Research management - including time management, and/or project management, and/or supervisor skills
  • Bibliographic Skills - including Refnote, and/or publishing work
  • Teaching skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • Legal and ethical issues, including intellectual property, privacy and confidentiality, and issues relating to information and material contained in electronic format
  • Careers management


This module is at CQFW Level 7