SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 0.00
ECTS Credit Points 0.00
Module Code M1X224138
Module Leader Margaret McCann
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject GSBS - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This zero-credit module is designed to develop students' academic skills as they start their university studies. The exact content is flexible and designed by the schools' Learning Development Centre in collaboration with programme teams to reflect student requirements. Overall, the module focuses on developing academic writing skills, including finding sources, critical reading and writing skills, referencing, and reflective writing. Other skills that may be included are using the library systems, group work, time management, note taking in lectures, presentation skills, exam preparation techniques and avoiding plagiarism and using Turnitin.


The syllabus is determined by the programme team and the requirements of the students but may include: -360b7 Using library systems b7 Group work b7 Time management b7 Note taking in lectures b7 Presentation skills b7 Academic writing b7 Practical referencing b7 Plagiarism and using Turnitin b7 Exam preparation b7 Reflective writing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" gain an awareness of good study practice" demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of good academic writing such as reading for writing, structure and flow using references to demonstrate critical understanding, and key features of critical writing" practice transferable skills including time management/organisational skills, group working, ICT and independent learning skills" communicate effectively, in both spoken and written academic forms

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching/learning strategy may vary, depending on programme and student requirements, and is designed by the school's Learning Development Centre in conjunction with programme teams. It will normally consist of lectures and seminars/workshops for academic writing classes and most study skills classes (eg group work, presentation skills, exam preparation, time management. Some other sessions such as using the library catalogue and Turnitin may be student centred and lab-based. Where possible, students are encouraged to develop their skills and demonstrate competence through practical exercises. Some formative assessment elements are included as required to reinforce and consolidate learning. Students may also attend individual one-to-one appointments with Academic Advisors from the school's Learning Development Centre if further support is required.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: None

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 independent learning b7 presentation skills b7 written communication skills b7 group working NOTE: skills developed will be determined by aspects of syllabus included by the programme.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Attendance in class 1.00 100.00 35% Attendance in class