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LUBS1876 Academic and Employability Connections

10 creditsClass Size: 102

Module manager: Julia Braham

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1046Personal Tutorials for Studies in Finance
LUBS1060Personal Tutorials for Economics
LUBS1080Personal Tutorials for HRM
LUBS1086Exploring Your Potential
LUBS1095Personal Tutorials for Marketing
LUBS1100Personal Tutorials for International Business
LUBS2055Academic and Management Skills
LUBS2130Contemporary Business Issues

Module replaces

LUBS1875 Maximising your Business School Experience

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The core objective of the module is to give all students the study skills support they will need to succeed at university, and in the competition for jobs and placements. The module aims to equip students with knowledge and skills for reading, researching, referencing, analysing and writing at university level. It will explore key concepts of self-motivation and organisation, how to apply criticality and develop their confidence in assignments, written applications and CVs. It will give students a safe place to raise questions about university procedures. It will give them a skills basis that will enhance their work throughout their programme and show how these processes translate into effective employability skills.


This module focuses on skills outcomes and is designed to enable students to make the most of the learning opportunities throughout their programme of study. The module aims to enable students to develop strategies and techniques for managing their own learning in the upper degree levels and thereby to cope with the expectations placed upon them as independent learners at levels 2 and 3. It supports students to develop academic and personal skills and identify areas in need of further development.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Understand how written arguments are put together, phrased, structured and criticised in exams, coursework and scholarly publications
- Select appropriate academic and business sources and demonstrate skills in accessing and referencing them in their work
- Assemble coherent arguments within their academic work and develop their critical thinking
- Develop strategies and techniques for managing their own learning in the upper degree levels
- Identify how they will use the opportunities available to them through their degree programme, Leeds for Life, in LUBS and other co-curricular activities to enhance their employability
- Identify areas for further development and put in place their own personal development plan, CV and personal and professional skills statement

Skills outcomes
- Critical thinking , professional writing and scholarly research
- Reflective thinking and writing at formal level
- Personal development strategies


Indicative content:
Maximising your academic achievement by:
- Developing independent, self-managed and reflective learning
- Understanding University assessment and using your feedback effectively
- Using the University’s systems/databases for research and reflection
- Academic integrity and referencing
- Sourcing and presenting verbal & written information
- Critical thinking, reading and writing

Engaging with your degree:
- Reflecting on the specialist needs of your programme
- Developing interpersonal skills and contributing to the group

Exploring employability:
- Identifying and reflecting on career drivers
- Presenting yourself effectively in a CV and letter of application

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours89.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The seminars of an hour per week are just the starting point for thought and discussion on this module. Students will, it is hoped, be stimulated to continue discussions after/outside of class, and implement suggestions that arise, such as joining a society or attending an event or applying for a scheme. More traditionally, there will be a sound academic basis to all seminars, and tasks such as finding, reading and critiquing sources, and writing, editing and reflecting on their coursework, will contribute the majority of private study time.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The seminar format allows informal monitoring in the sense that tutors will be able to see how students are getting on. More formally the coursework is constructed in two progressive halves, so that students must implement feedback received on the first half into the second half. The timing of this will enable the tutor to gauge the students’ progress relatively early in the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfolio3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The portfolio will comprise a series of skills based tasks which build up to a submission that students can use for future reference. Each component of the module (writing skills, referencing skills, researching sources, writing a CV and letter) will comprise a section of the portfolio and will be worked on in class throughout the module, allowing draft versions and feedback before the final example is committed to the portfolio. The final submission will include the items listed above, plus a personal reflection (minimum 600 words) on what the student has learned during the module. Drafts, feedback and final elements will all stay within the portfolio for the student to refer to during later assignments. The overall wordcount will have a maximum of 3000 in total. The resit for this module will be 100% by courseowrk via submission of an extended project report of 2,500 words.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/01/2018


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