SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M1N224998
Module Leader Colin Wilson
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module offers students preparing to commence university level study the opportunity to practice and develop key academic skills which will enable them to ultimately become more confident, independent learners and effective writers in an academic environment. Learners will be introduced to, and have the opportunity to practice, the fundamentals of (for example): Research: locating and selecting appropriate sources. Academic referencing: what it is and how to do it. Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.


During this module the student will cover the following syllabus: Basic research and retrieval skills, identifying appropriate academic sources Paraphrasing and summarising skills, plagiarism avoidance strategies Fundamentals of academic referencing: integral and non-integral citations, incorporating quotations, compiling a reference list How to organise a piece of academic writing, with a focus on writing an effective introduction An introduction to the key principles of reflective writing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:- Demonstrate an understanding of how to research effectively and incorporate sources into structured academic assignments.- Reflect on their learning experience and produce an appropriate reflective, written academic assignment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This is a 10 credit module which will delivered in a blended learning format. This means that there will be 4 face to face teaching sessions as well as online learning environment. Students will be required to submit 4 individual tasks and a final extended essay, cumulatively forming a portfolio of work. Students will also receive ongoing support and guidance from an ADT (academic development tutor) in fulfilling their portfolio work.

Indicative Reading

Published resources Bailey, S. (2014) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students, Routledge Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills) Day. T. (2013) Success in Academic Writing (Palgrave Study Skills) Online resources GCU Smile: "SMILE is an information and digital literacy training package which aims to teach you basic skills you need as a GCU student. It also contains help on communication and other academic skills in bite sized sections". Available at: <http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/SMILE/> UEFAP (Use of English for Academic purposes - Information and Advice for Students in Higher Education.) available at: <http://www.uefap.com/>

Transferrable Skills

The key transferable skills developed in this module are oral and written communication, use of information technology, evaluation and creative problem solving skills. Information technology skills will be developed through Internet searches and online communication. Analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving will be developed throughout the module experience but especially through the variety of task-based assessments the students will encounter.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 1.00 40.00 35% Portfolio
Course Work 01 1.00 60.00 35% Final reflective essay task