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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC1015 Introduction to Study in Education

5 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Indira Banner

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC1209Introduction to Childhood Studies

Module replaces

EDUC1209 Introduction to Childhood Studies

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module has been developed to help you to consider issues related to the interdisciplinary nature of degrees in the School of Education as well as how to study effectively and to develop good academic practice. You will learn how to present arguments and support your ideas. The sessions have also been developed to improve your performance in your academic work. In addition, they aim to develop your engagement with, confidence in and ownership of your degree programme.


Module objectives are:
- To understand the interdisciplinary nature of education and different approaches to educational research
- To develop your skills in reading, writing and use of digital learning tools to enable you to learn effectively and communicate that learning using good academic practice
- To develop your self-awareness and personal confidence in education studies

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have
- Increased knowledge and understanding of education as a multi-disciplinary subject and how the different approaches to research contribute and connect
- Increased preparedness for success in your degree and further career
- Enhanced knowledge of research skills to support your learning and reflective awareness of your own learning processes
- Enhanced awareness of issues of intellectual property, academic integrity and online behaviour especially as they influence scholarly progress and identity

Skills outcomes
- Thinking flexibly and critically across disciplines
- Finding information and critically evaluating it according to different disciplines across the programme


Indicative content for the module:

1. Learning how to learn at university
Looking at the multi-disciplinary nature of education and thinking about different approaches to research. Reflecting on how you learn and what do we mean by critical thinking.

2. Using sources
Learning how to find the right kind of reading material for purpose; thinking about sources and using the online library research tools. Developing skills to confidently take notes from sources, in your own words, to support your understanding.

3. Writing for academic purposes
How to plan, organise and structure your work. Thinking about different styles of presenting information; for example, communicating effectively in an assignment, a blog post, by poster or presentation. The use of different sources in your work.

4. Academic Integrity
How to use in-text citations and to write reference lists. Paraphrasing to show your understanding and use of direct quotations. Use and referencing of secondary sources. Avoiding plagiarism and other academic malpractice.

5. Review of Module and Assignment support
Using examples from each of the strands (information on how to discuss and summarise data, how to start writing, finding relevant reading material) we will discuss the marking criteria and look at online submission of assignments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours33.00
Total Contact hours5.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Independent online learning is for completion of the Academic Integrity Tutorial and Test (2 hours)
All students will also be expected to utilise the Skills@Library suite of resources for two hours prior to the sessions which will build on these in a programme specific way.
Private Study time is required for students to prepare for the Reflective Log that is to be written on their learning through the seminars.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored in several ways:
- Monitoring participation in tasks set at each session
- Monitoring participation in Skills@Library tasks
- Monitoring research skill development through in-class workshops and group work
- Assessment of Reflective Log and successful completion of the Academic Integrity Test and Tutorial

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay500 words50.00
Online AssessmentSuccessful completion of the Academic Integrity Tutorial and Test50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/11/2021 16:14:09


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