SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 0.00
ECTS Credit Points 0.00
Module Code M1N225246
Module Leader Victoria Boyd
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September 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 non-accredited CPD 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 three individual formative assignments: a set of practice exercises, a short written reflective piece, and a final extended essay of 1200 words .

Indicative Reading

BAILEY, S. 2011. Academic Writing: a Handbook for International Students . New York: Routledge COTTRELL, S. 2013. The Study Skills Handbook . 4 th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan FALCONER, S., PETTIGREW, M. 2003. Developing added value skills within an academic programme through work-based learning . International Journal of Manpower . 24 (1), pp. 48-59 GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY. 2018. Library: SMILE. [online]. Available from: <> GILLET, A 2018. Using English for Academic Purposes [online]. Available from: <> GODFREY, J. 2016. Writing for University: Pocket Study Skills Series . 2 nd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan HEYLER, R. 2010 . The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook . London: Palgrave Macmillan HEYLER, R. 2015. Learning Through Reflection: The Critical Role of Reflection in Work-Based Learning (WBL). Journal of Work-Applied Management . 5 (1), pp. 15-27

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
Formative 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 80.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 n/a Formative assignments:Three individual formative assignments: a set of practice exercises, a short written reflective piece, and a final extended essay of 1200 words.