ENGLISH FOR POSTGRADUATE ACADEMIC STUDIES (INCLUDING RESEARCH SKILLS)

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M3Q322291
Module Leader n/a
School INTO
Subject INTO
Trimesters
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The objectives of this module are: -360b7 To improve students' ability to deal with complex academic texts b7 To develop students' critical ability in relation to academic writing b7 To develop fluency and confidence in academic discussion b7 To develop presentation skills b7 To enhance students' ability to take appropriate notes from lectures b7 To develop students' ability to use academic writing conventions appropriately b7 To improve students' essay writing skills b7 To introduce students to basic quantitative and qualitative research techniques b7 To develop the ability to critically review the major perspectives of an area or issue of interest b7 To develop systematic research processes in preparation for postgraduate study b7 To develop the habit of searching and evaluating existing academic work

Syllabus

Study Skills for Reading -360b7 Skills and strategies for reading effectively b7 Comprehension b7 Extracting relevant information from a text b7 Understanding the structure of texts b7 Recognising referencing and use of sources within a text b7 Critical thinking strategies for reading Study Skills for Writing -360b7 Note taking b7 Selecting and using appropriate sources to reference b7 Paraphrasing, summarising and quotation b7 Writing competent academic essays b7 Using appropriate academic conventions b7 Using appropriate structure, cohesion and academic language in essay writing b7 Critical thinking strategies for writing b7 Grammar and vocabulary for essay writing and academic assignments Study Skills for Listening -360b7 Listening to lectures b7 Taking appropriate notes during lectures b7 Understanding lecture structure b7 Identifying important information in lectures Study Skills for Speaking -360b7 Building fluency b7 Increasing accuracy b7 Building confidence b7 Participating in seminar discussions b7 Giving presentations b7 Taking part in classroom activities and discussions b7 Enhancing pronunciation Research Skills -360b7 Research theories and approaches and their use in research b7 Quantitative and qualitative research b7 Evaluating literature b7 Critical thinking b7 Formulating research: methods and skills used to produce literature reviews, methodology and data analysis b7 Formulating research: methods and skills used to produce findings and conclusions

Learning Outcomes

Take part in discussions in their academic field Give a competent presentation Write competent academic essays Follow academic convetions correctly Recognise and extract relevant information from texts Follow and take notes in lectures Use a variety of approaches to help further improve their ability to study in English Show a basic understanding of research methodology and practice Explain the basic theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods Show initiative and independence in conducting research

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials with lecture notes, handouts and assigned reading from the course key text(s) to support seminar work and independent study. Class sessions will consist of whole class, individual, pair and group?based activities in which students interact with the teacher and each other. Activities and texts are designed to enable students to develop their language and study skills within meaningful contexts. Self?study will be facilitated using open access facilities or networked online resources. Students are guided through process writing, first and subsequent drafts, involving peer and tutor correction and adjusting the level of scaffolding appropriately. Exam practice is built into the curriculum preparing students for the Timed Writing, Reading and Listening exams. Students will receive individual tutorials to support them in the preparation of written assignments. They will also be given written feedback on formative tasks from tutors and peer feedback from classmates.

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

Improved 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 Use IT resources effectively at GCU Access and use critically academic publications Show basic knowledge and understanding of key research concepts

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 60.00
Seminars (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 52.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 20.00 35% Research project
Exam (School) n/a 15.00 35% Oral presentation
Exam (School) n/a 30.00 35% Reading and writing
Coursework 4 n/a 10.00 35% Oral skills portfolio
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 35% Portfolio of written work
Coursework 3 n/a 10.00 35% Listening