SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1Q312621
Module Leader n/a
School INTO
Subject INTO
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Equivalent of IELTS 5.0 on entry

Summary of Content

The objectives of this module are: - to introduce and practice reading techniques 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 discussion; - to introduce skills and techniques for dealing with spoken texts and enhance students' ability to do so; and - to achieve a base level of ICT skills


Study skills for reading - skills and strategies for reading - comprehension - linguistic knowledge Study skills for writing - note-taking - using reference sources - paraphrasing, summarising, quotation - presentation of written work - writing academic essays - skills needed at each stage of the writing process (eg: generating ideas; planning and organisation; revision skills etc). Listening and study skills - listening to lectures - understanding lecture structure - identifying the value of information - understanding and participating in discussion - turn taking in class Speaking and study skills - building fluency - increasing accuracy - building confidence - Enhancing pronunciation Discrete items of grammar, vocabulary, text (spoken and written) structure 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 - Transferring data between files in the same application and between different applications - Searching, retrieving and evaluating information on the world wide web and in the library catalogue - Using researched information to argue a position

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:- Take part in discussions in their academic field- Write clear comprehensible academic essays- Follow and take notes in lectures in their chosen field- Recognise, evaluate and extract relevant information from academic texts- Use a variety of approaches to help further improve their ability to study in English- Perform basic library research- Demonstrate that they have achieved an English language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or above

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials with lecture notes, handouts and assigned reading from the key course text(s) to support seminar work and independent study; and: a) Ongoing formative assessment in the classroom and through weekly assignments as well as essays and data response questions to test students' ability to use English to carry out further study of, and assessment in, an academic context b) The development and assessment of practical language and study skills for use in the acquisition and evaluation of knowledge c) Tutorial time for all students, based on a regular weekly supervision d) Case study and project work to test students' ability to research data relevant to their field of study and critically apply concepts to the solution of problems Depending on the stated assessment policy, tests and formal examinations to assess understanding and application of key concepts, knowledge and skills in the subject, with external assessors to secure accurate marking and moderation.

Indicative Reading

Campbell C & Smith J: English for Academic Study: Listening, Garnet Education 2007 Campbell C: English for Academic Study: Vocabulary, Garnet Education 2006 Margolis A & Smith J: English for Academic Study: Pronunciation, Garnet Education 2006 McCormack J & Slaght J: English for Academic Study: Extended Writing and Research Skills, Garnet Education 2005 McCormack J & Watkins S: English for Academic Study: Speaking, Garnet Education 2007 Oshima A & Hogue A: Academic Writing, Longman 2006 Phillips T: Skills in English Combined Series (Levels 2 and 3), Garnet Education 2007 Seal B et al: Acadamic Encounters Series, CUP 2002 Slaght J & Harben P: English for Academic Study: Reading, Garnet Education 2007

Transferrable Skills

- Gained both knowledge of, and ability in, a range of English language skills - Increased their ability to deal with complex language in both academic and non-academic contexts - Learned a range of techniques to make study in English more efficient - Learned to evaluate information and information sources - Learned to use ICT for research, analysis and presentation purposes

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 25.00
Directed Learning 150.00
Seminars (FT) 93.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 35% English language competence equivalent to IELTS 6.00