ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES AND STUDY SKILLS (INCLUDING ICT SKILLS)

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1Q324317
Module Leader n/a
School INTO
Subject INTO
Trimesters
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The objectives of this module are: To introduce and practise reading techniques, vocabulary development and note taking skills for academic study To introduce the structure and function of academic writing and put these into practice To improve ability to take part in academic discussions To introduce skills and techniques to practise global listening skills and close listening skills To achieve a base level of ICT skills

Syllabus

Academic reading development Skills and strategies for reading (skimming and scanning) Researching source text for assignment writing purposes Extended reading techniques for longer more complex texts Understanding the implicit meanings of text Vocabulary building and collecting information for an essay Academic writing development Understanding how essay types are organised and background to academic writing Using reference sources and supporting claims with evidence Avoiding plagiarism - paraphrasing, summarising and citations Combining sources, organising paragraphs and structure Elements of writing, practising such skills as giving definitions and examples, cohesion and comparisons. Accuracy in writing including academic vocabulary, caution and tenses. Development of critical thinking techniques for use in academic writing Academic listening development Understanding lectures and listening for main ideas Understanding organisation of a lecture and recognising and practising signposting Note taking and study skills Academic speaking development Preparing for and taking part in a seminar discussion Summarising and reporting on a discussion Understanding of expressing agreement/disagreement, turn taking skills Researching and giving a short academic presentation Use of language and pronunciation Learning Outcomes On completion of this module students should be able to: Take part in seminars and discussions in their academic field and deliver a presentation in their field of study Write clear, comprehensible and well structured academic essays Follow and take notes in lectures in their chosen field Recognise and extract relevant information from academic texts and quote sources To recognise plagiarism and learn strategies to avoid it Use a variety of independent and blended learning approaches to help further improve their ability to study in English Demonstrate that they have achieved an IELTS equivalence of 6.0 ICT Skills Introduction to computers File management ? copy, delete, rename, move files and folders etc. Use of email Producing documents using IT ? word processing software Working with numbers using IT ? using spreadsheets to organise data and produce charts Searching and retrieving information on the World Wide Web and the Library Catalogue Transferring data between files in the same application and between different applications

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:Take part in seminars and discussions in their academic field and deliver a presentation in their field of studyWrite clear, comprehensible and well-structured academic essays Follow and take notes in lectures in their chosen field Recognise and extract relevant information from academic texts and quote sourcesTo recognise plagiarism and learn strategies to avoid it Use a variety of independent and blended learning approaches to help further improve their ability to study in English Demonstrate that they have achieved an IELTS equivalence of 6.0

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of class sessions, group discussions and tutorials with class notes, authentic academic texts and assigned reading from the key course text(s) to support seminar and assignment work and independent study. Ongoing formative assessments in the classroom with regular feedback sessions to check understanding and progress. Tutorial time for all students, based on their work to date and feedback on assignment drafts. Formative coursework assignments integrating knowledge gained from content modules and enhanced academic skills. Drafts allow improvement and the use of Turnitin enables students to improve on paraphrasing and summarising techniques. Depending on the stated assessment policy; tests and formal examinations to assess understanding and application of key concepts in the subject, with external and internal moderators to secure accurate marking and moderation.

Indicative Reading

Bailey S Academic Writing - a handbook for International students Routledge 2011 Oshima A & Hogue A Academic Writing Longman 2006 Seal B et al Academic Encounters Series CUP 2002 Slaght J & Harben P English for Academic Study: Reading Garnet Education 2007 -200 Chazal E & McCarter S Oxford EAP (upper-Int) Oxford 2012 Hewings M Cambridge Academic English Cambridge 2012 Clandfield L & McKinnon M Skillful Listening and Speaking MacMillan 2014 Jordan R R Academic Writing Course Longman 2008 Phillips T English for Mechanical Engineering Garnet 2010 Roger L Delta Academic Objectives series Delta Publishing 2011 Dummett P, Stephenson H & Lansford L Keynote Ted Talks Cengage 2016

Transferrable Skills

On completion of this module students will have: Gained both knowledge of and ability to communicate in an academic university environment. Increased their ability to deal with complex language in both academic and non?academic contexts Learned a range of independent techniques and blended learning techniques using authentic academic sources to make study in English more efficient Learned to evaluate information and information sources Learned to use ICT for research, analysis and presentation purposes Used skills and resources to help evaluate, reflect upon and manage own learning Learned how to develop critical and analytical thinking skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 9.00
Assessment (FT) 3.00
Independent Learning (FT) 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 n/a 10.00 40% Exam
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 40% Content subject assignment
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 20.00 40% Exam
Coursework 4 n/a 20.00 40% Oral Skills Portfolio (seminar and presentation)
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 40% Portfolio of written work
Coursework 3 n/a 20.00 40% Listening and note taking