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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU0038 Academic Study Skills for Arts and Social Sciences

40 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Jody Bradford

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

ELU0039Academic Study Skills for Dentistry, Medicine and Healthcare
ELU0040Academic Study Skills for Science, Technology, Engineering a
ELU0041Academic Study Skills for Business

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module is intended to prepare you for undergraduate degrees in Art and Design and Social Sciences by teaching the academic skills needed to be successful in these fields. The main emphasis is on the academic skills of reading, writing, research and critical thinking. These skills are taught through the overall topic of ‘Contemporary Global Issues’, which is divided into short projects.


This module is designed to prepare students with the necessary English language and academic study skills required for undergraduate study. It provides training in how to produce written academic coursework (assignments, reports and written exams); how to give oral presentations and participate effectively in seminars and tutorials appropriately in English; and how to conduct short research exercises and training in how to access and use all of the University's services. It also provides students with awareness of the conventions and vocabulary of academic English and techniques for independent language learning.

The module introduces students to Academic Integrity and to the university’s standards and expectations regarding this. Students will take the Academic Integrity Test and adhere to these standards throughout their studies on this module (and transfer these skills to all their modules) which will be assessed via the extended writing assessment.

Learning outcomes
It is expected that by the end of this module students should be able to:
1. navigate, annotate, summarise and evaluate appropriate authentic sources for academic purposes in line with university standards regarding academic integrity.
2. display critical thinking skills in a range of spoken and written genres
3. select and evaluate spoken and written sources for use in an extended piece of genre-specific writing, applying the appropriate written conventions, and for these to be used in line with university standards regarding academic integrity.
4. listen actively and respond clearly, concisely and accurately using discipline- specific language.
5. communicate ideas clearly and concisely in both spoken and written genres with minimal interference from grammatical, lexical or pronunciation errors.
6. Reflect on learning experiences.


Students will develop academic study skills through topics related to global contemporary issues:

Reading and note-taking skills; academic writing skills for reports, exams and assignments; oral presentation skills; seminar discussion skills; listening and note-taking skills; library and Web research; independent language learning; IT skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours55.00
Private study hours213.00
Total Contact hours132.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Private study tasks relate to the content of the course and the preparation of the assessed pieces of coursework. Students are expected to develop knowledge of content relating to the overall topic of 'Contemporary Global Issues', which is divided into a series of short projects.

Private study (213 hours)
Annotated Bibliography 45 hours

Seminar = 40 hours
Essay = 64
Presentation (with abstract ) = 64

Independent learning is expected each week as students must spend approximately 2 .5 hours per week preparing for their classes and completing short follow-up tasks in order to practice skills introduced in the taught sessions (total 55 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students' progress is monitored on a continuous basis by each tutor through their participation in class activities and through the grading of assessed pieces of work. Students are provided with detailed feedback about each piece of work and are provided with an opportunity to attend regular 1:1 consultations with their tutors. For the written assignments, students are required to submit a draft version. The tutor provides feedback to the student about the draft. For the oral assessments, students will participate in a group presentation and practice seminar, for which they will receive formative feedback in preparation for their assessed individual presentation and seminar discussion.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAnnoted Bibliography of up to 1,200 words20.00
Group DiscussionStudent-led seminar of 20-25 minutes20.00
PresentationIndividual oral presentation of up to 15 minutes + accompanying abstract of up to 250 words30.00
EssayExtended writing of up 1,800 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

In addition, in order to meet the learning outcomes, students need to complete and pass all assessments on this module in order to pass the module (where the pass mark for this module has been set at 40).

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:17


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