SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M1N026409
Module Leader Tofik Saad
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject GSBS - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

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Unit 1: Grammar and conventions Scoping and mind/concept mapping Thesis statements and annotated bibliography Essay outlines Unit 2: Arguments, modes of persuasion and logical fallacies Research and evidence Counter arguments and rebuttal Argumentative Essay

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1). Understand grammar and conventions2). Outline, organise and draft argumentative essays3). Write a thesis statement and annotated bibliography4). Incorporate and cite evidence using the Harvard Citation Style5). Conduct effective online research6). Evaluate the credibility of sources7). Engage with the ideas of others during in argument, and use different points of view to strengthen their arguments

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will provide students with a foundation in academic writing. A blended learning approach will be used to engage students in the module content. Students will be introduced to concepts and strengthen their knowledge of these concepts through facilitated classroom sessions. Students will engage in individual self-work content, published on the online learning environment. Students will further deepen their understanding of the module through peer learning. Students will receive further support during weekly Office Hours sessions with facilitators.

Indicative Reading

Africa Regional Integration Index (2016). East Africa leads the way in regional integration, says Index. [online] Africa Regional Integration Index. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Chonghaile, C. (2016). Africa's urbanisation 'megatrend' needs to deliver growth, says report. [online] the Guardian. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Clausen, L. (2015). Taking on the Challenges of Health Care in Africa. [online] Stanford Graduate School of Business. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. d'Aiglepierre, R., Aubert, A. and Agence, P. (2017). Digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa. [online] Quartz Africa. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. (2017). What Africa Can Teach America About How To Create A Good Infrastructure Plan. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. French, H. (2010). The Conflict in China's African Investment. [online] The Atlantic. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Harvard Business Review. (2017). How Digital Technology Is Changing Farming in Africa. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. The Economist. (2011). Africa rising. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Monks, K. (2018). Why the richest continent is the poorest. [online] CNN. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Pundy, D. (2017). Africa's future depends on education | DW | 04.12.2017. [online] DW.COM. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Sama, M. (2017). The Exploitation of Africa's Natural Resources. [online] Medium. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. (2019). History of Africa's Regional Integration Efforts | United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. Veras, O. (2017). Agriculture in Africa: Potential versus reality. [online] How We Made It In Africa. Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019]. World Bank. (2017). Rapid Urbanization in Africa: Investing in the Development of Africa's Cities. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 Nov. 2019].

Transferrable Skills

Meta Skill: Communicating for impact Core Skills: Writing process, Organising for effective communication, Audience awareness Meta Skill: Critical thinking Core Skills: Synthesis, Argument and judgment, Research, Analysis Meta Skill: Engaging Others Core Skills: Feedback

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 15.00
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 04 n/a 30.00 n/a Unit 2 final assignment - argumentative essay
Course Work 01 n/a 25.00 n/a Unit 1 weekly assignments
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 n/a Unit 1 final assignment - essay outline
Course Work 03 n/a 15.00 n/a Unit 2 weekly assignments