Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
How to be a Student 1
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature Review  1000 Words  40%
Semester Assessment Group Presentation  15 Minutes  40%
Semester Assessment Referencing Assignment  500 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Individual Presentation  10 Minutes  40%
Supplementary Assessment Literature Review  1000 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Referencing Assignment  500 Words  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate and understanding of own learning skills and needs

2. Find and appropriately use academic sources

3. Identify and use appropriate academic language in writing and speaking

4. Develop strategies for listening, note-taking, and synthesising information

5. Develop strategies for reading, summarising, paraphrasing and appropriately referencing academic work

6. Demonstrate ability to use relevant learning technology (i.e. BlackBoard, Word, Powerpoint)

Brief description

The module will emphasise small group work and contact time with their allocated personal tutor. It is designed to support students in their acquisition of baseline skills required to:
• Formulating an argument
• Finding appropriate academic sources
• Finding their academic voice
• Navigating University systems
> Benchmarking and familiarisation with basic Office IT skills
• Identifying skills acquired during the foundation year
• Developing communication skills; inter-personal skills; digital skills; writing skills
• Embedding the Careers Readiness Support Programme into the module so students can articulate employability skills they acquire
• Understanding their own learning styles, motivation, and ability to manage time effectively
• Developing their confidence in transitioning to HE

Lectures will focus on providing an overview of core skills and information around university systems. Personal tutors will work in small groups with students each week to practice and develop those skills.

Careers Service staff will also contribute to the module lectures


Content is delivered over 30 hours, including personal tutor meetings:
Week 1: Intro (1 hour), group personal tutor meeting (1 hour)
Week 2: Lecture (1 hour) (with IS)
Week 3: Lecture (1 hour), tutorial (1 hour)
Week 4: Lecture (1 hour), Workshop (3 hours)
Week 5: Lecture (1 hour)
Week 6: Lecture (1 hour), Group tutorial (1 hour)
Week 7: Lecture (1 hour) Workshop (3 hours)
Week 8: Lecture (1 hour) Group personal tutor meeting (1 hour
Week 9: Lecture (1 hour) Workshop (3 hours)
Week 10: Lecture (1 hour)
Week 11: Individual personal tutor meetings

Two lectures to be delivered by Careers Service staff

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Adapting to working with other people with different preferences and priorities. Adapting to communicating to different audiences. Includes recognition that abilities grow over time; learning through mistakes; accepting feedback positively; constructive criticism.
Co-ordinating with others Students will need to co-ordinate with others in planning, designing, organising and presenting as a group for the module assessment.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be required to gather required data quickly and comprehensively analyse and evaluate situations and information to inform decisions/thinking. Includes information literacy, ability to plan research, collate appropriate data, consider alternative perspectives and viewpoints, reach conclusions, be logical, quantitative reasoning and analysis, recognising bias and misinformation
Digital capability Students will demonstrate media and information literacy, digital research and problem-solving, creativity with digital tools as well as routine management of communication and social media tools. They will use standard VLE software such as BlackBoard, Panopto, Turnitin, etc.
Professional communication Students will learn how to communicate effectively for different types of audience within an academic context
Real world sense Developing skills in: initiative, independence, team working, coping with pressure, communicating effectively, managing time, taking decisions, being responsible, recognising bias and misinformation, adapting, planning, coordinating and organising, recognising the transferability of skills. This will be facilitated by implementing the Careers Readiness Support Package into the module
Reflection Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own learning styles and needs (facilitated by targeted sessions with Careers)


This module is at CQFW Level 3