20 credits at level HE4
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a wide range of skills required in academic, personal and employment related environments. The module aims to:
•support learners in their ongoing development of a range of lifelong learning skills;
•promote an independent, active and reflective approach to learning;
•enable the enhancement of effective intellectual, interpersonal and practical skills in an academic and information systems context;
•develop recognition, in learners, of the importance of teamwork and develop team-working skills; and
•enable the application of personal development planning (PDP) as a vehicle for progression and career development.
An introduction to personal development planning, personal and professional skills audits, self evaluation and reflection, development plans and portfolio planning.
Personal and professional development
Identifying needs, development methods, performance planning review, personal development plans, reflection and evaluation, peer and self assessment
Learning and studying styles, reflection upon intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for learning and development. Listening, questioning/feedback, note-taking, research strategies, time-management, examination technique, problem solving, team working, data analysis, effective use of ICT
Communication and presentation skills
Written communication in an academic context (essay writing, seminar paper, portfolio development, referencing etc) and in a workplace context (letter writing, report writing, poster presentations etc), verbal and visual communication, information communication technology
Use will be made of lectures for the formal dissemination of information. However, the predominance of practicals and seminars will allow students to explore the concepts of all aspects of the programme such as:
identifying needs and development methods, performance planning review, personal development plans, reflection and evaluation, peer and self assessment;
listening, questioning/feedback, note-taking, research strategies, time-management, examination technique, problem solving, team working, data analysis, effective use of ICT;
written communication in an academic context (essay writing, seminar paper, portfolio development, referencing etc) and in a workplace context (letter writing, report writing, poster presentations etc), verbal and visual communication, ICT
As this module is a core component of all the BLIS programmes, students will be expected to undertake preliminary reading prior to lectures. The tutor will consolidate this information by a mix of standard lecture coupled with group work, seminar sessions and workshops. Students will be expected to demonstrate certain independence in their study by research, which encompasses texts beyond those, advised by the tutor. Learning to learn skills will be integral to the module and evidence of application by the student will be proven within the assignments set. Tutorials will allow for guidance and feedback on progression within the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify the role of transferable skills in academic studies, personal life and the world of work.||Discuss the importance of transferable skills and personal development planning (PDP) in different environments|
|2.||Determine effective strategies for the development of interpersonal and practical skills||Outline techniques for the enhancement of skills both personally and in a general context|
|3.||Assess own needs and abilities for the development of business and academic skills||Undertake self analysis in relation to own transferable skills and personal development|
|4.||Apply strategies in order to further develop transferable skills||Make recommendations for the enhancement of the application of transferable skills|
|5.||Undertake research in the area of skills development strategies &
Apply effective reading and note taking strategies
Collect primary and secondary data relating to skills development &
Provide evidence of reading and note-taking strategies employed
|6.||Communicate in a variety of different forms||Present structured information verbally, visually and in written form|
|7.||Use ICT to enhance the presentation of assignments||Produce a word-processed report and Produce a presentation and accompanying material using ICT|
|8.||Work effectively in a team||Apply teamwork in a group presentation|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Individual electronic portfolio consisting professional skills self evaluation and development plan (PDP), CV, reports, memo’s and essays that demonstrate skills acquisition and reflect upon their importance.||Group work, research development and presentation of a poster.||Group work, research development and presentation of a seminar.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Cameron S (1999) Business Student’s Handbook: Developing Transferable Skills, London: Financial Times Management
Thomson N (2002) People Skills, Basingstoke: Palgrave
DuBrin A J (2001) Human Relations: Interpersonal, Job-Oriented Skills, 7/E , Prentice Hall
Cottrell. S, Skills for success : the personal development planning handbook, Basingstoke : Palgrave, 2003.
Institute of Management Information Systems (for articles)
Due to rapid developments in IS/IT technologies and practices, relevant online sources will be recommended to learners throughout the module delivery.
The following are currently available:
http://www.bolton.ac.uk/learning/services/study_skills/ (including BISSTO)
Other appropriate on-line sources will be introduced during the course of study.
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