Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Foundation in Liberal Arts
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
This should only be available to Level 0 (FY) students.
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Learning Journal  (1,200 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Digital Poster  Digital Poster preparation and oral presentation (individual) (500 words appx.)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Learning Journal  (1,200 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Digital Poster  Digital Poster preparation and oral presentation (individual) (500 words appx.)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Self-reflect on their learning experiences.

2. Identify strengths and weaknesses of their own learning.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of subject content.

4. Communicate the importance of their subject area/s to a wider audience.​

Brief description

This module is designed to give Foundation Year students a broad introduction to key themes across the Humanities and Social
Sciences, to enable them to experience and reflect on crossdiscipline learning experiences.

Students will also be provided with instruction on how to use learning resources and information on services provided to
enhance their personal development.

The module will develop and enhance key skillsets as indicated in the Learning Outcomes and Assessment.


In Week 0 students will attend workshops introducing them to learning resources.

Students will attend bespoke Foundation Year workshops to help them identify appropriate Level 1 content in Subject A and Subject B, and help students reflect on their learning experiences throughout the course. These will take place in registration week (0), and teaching weeks 5 and 8, culminating in individual poster presentations in January during the exam period.

Staff from each department will contribute two hours of ‘taster sessions’ a week to the students. This will provide students with an understanding of what to expect from their named subject when they progress to first year. The taster sessions will provide students with an understanding of the concepts, key theories and methodological approaches underpinning subjects across the
Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students will be provided with a list of academic activities to carry out each week as part of the process for developing a learning journal.
In Weeks 1-4 and 7-10 students will also attend a 1 hour personal development seminar
In Weeks 5 and 6, students will have a 2 hour writing workshop.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will tackle problems in technology involving number.
Communication Students will develop a range of communication skills, including: reading in different contexts and for different purposes; writing for different purposes and audiences; speaking in different contexts and for different purposes (including presentation and discussion).
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will show awareness of their personal preferences and needs, and barriers to learning. They will review their progress in a Learning Journal.
Information Technology Students will use a range of software packages, and develop presentation skills involving information and data.
Personal Development and Career planning ​Students will develop awareness of their personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course progression through a Learning Journal.
Problem solving Students will identify factors and issues relating to their chosen subjects.
Research skills Students will undertake an analysis of academic and non-academic sources and produce academically appropriate reports.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop awareness of issues relating to a topic in the student’s chosen subject area and how issues relating to the topic in other academic areas may be relevant to their problem solving approach.
Team work Students will develop an understanding of group dynamics, contribute to the setting of group goals, contribute effectively to the planning of group activities, and play an active part in group activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 3