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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PRHS1025 Introduction to Academic Skills

5 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr. Alastair McFadyen
Email: a.i.mcfadyen@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHIL1025Introduction to Academic Skills for Philosophy
THEO1025Intro to Academic Skills

Module replaces

THEO1025 & PHIL1025

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will introduce students to the academic skills and strategies they will need to support their studies at undergraduate level. Through a combination of interactive sessions and independent (assessed) online tasks the module will provide students with the opportunity to gain and practice skills in time management, using library resources, independent research and writing, and preparing for assessment. The module will also introduce University regulations and practices and will guide students in using University Handbooks and websites as sources of essential information.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to: understand the skill requirements of undergraduate study; understand the Leeds personal tutoring system; record and reflect on their academic and personal skills (using Leeds for Life webforms); use the library and library catalogue confidently; develop a personal timetable of study; master academic referencing conventions for research; construct a bibliography; understand, explain and avoid plagiarism; understand the grade descriptors and how markers use them; make effective use of tutor feedback to improve performance.

Learning outcomes
- Using library resources and the library; writing skills;
- Following academic conventions in referencing and bibliographies; avoiding plagiarism and creating independent work;
- Understanding marking scales, grade descriptors and how they are applied; using feedback effectively.

Skills outcomes
Using library resources and the library; writing skills;
following academic conventions in referencing and bibliographies; avoiding plagiarism and creating independent work; understanding marking scales, grade descriptors and how they are applied; using feedback effectively.


Syllabus

Week 0: Lecture: Welcome to the Academic Community.
Weeks 1: Using library resources for research.
Weeks 2: How to study and write effectively.
Weeks 3: Referencing methods and avoiding plagiarism.
Weeks 4: Assessment: What tutors are looking for.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture51.001.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours35.00
Total Contact hours1.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)46.00

Private study

Reading and working through essential information in the School Undergraduate Handbook, Taught Student Guide, the University's Partnership Agreement, Leeds for Life website, and Faculty of Arts Study Skills website. Practice in using Leeds for Life webforms (reflective log) to prepare for personal tutorial meetings. Research preparation for series of online exercises to be completed both within sessions and as follow-ups.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance and weekly completion of online tasks.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer Exercise.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/10/2016

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