10 credits at level HE4
Personal Development is a theme running through the whole course, each level has an appropriate module.
The overall aim is to begin the process of developing a Progress File. This will be achieved through the following aims:
1 Encourage the development of an independent active approach to learning by the students
2 Reinforce effective intellectual, interpersonal and practical skills in the course as a whole
3 Maximise the students potential for their undergraduate studies
4 Commence and engage in the process of career development
These themes recur at Levels 2 and 3 and students will be expected to achieve a level appropriate to their stage of the course.
There is no formal syllabus, but students will get help and guidance as appropriate from their APT in:
i) basic manipulation of numbers for simple arithmetic and algebra;
ii) essay-writing skills
iii) the use of Word;
iv) use of e-mail and the internet;
v) current awareness in the biological sciences,
vi) career planing and enterprise in the life sciences,
vii) other support and guidance necessary to help the student to achieve the outcomes appropriate to the stage on their course.
This module is a formalised assessed version of what has previously been an Academic Personal tutor (APT) system, and will be run by APT’s having individual and group tutorials with their tutees. The time allocations for this need to be flexible and responsive to students’ needs, but normally it would be expected that each student has a minimum of 6 x 1 hour tutorials with their APT during the year. In addition there will be a small number of plenary lectures during the year covering aspects of career planning, enterprise and current awareness. The remaining learning time is used by the student for private study, additional tutorials with their APT, or attendance on the LSS Communication Skills course, or other workshops and courses run through LSS. It is anticipated that Virtual Learning Environments will contribute increasingly to the management of material in this and subsequent Personal Development modules.
Learning Outcome 1will be assessed through the written evidence made available as part of the portfolio of work.
Learning Outcome 2 will be assessed through the evidence from the diagnostic test or a subsequent test presented in the portfolio of work.
Learning Outcome 3, 4 & 5 will be assessed through the essay, CV and written evidence presented in the portfolio of work.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to rreflect on your own performance with respect to the development of your academic and generic skills||Produce appropriate evidence, for example, written evidence of having considered and responded to the feedback on coursework supplied by tutors|
|2.||Have a basic ability to manipulate numbers||
2a. Successfully accomplish the diagnostic test requiring demonstrated ability to:
i) use a calculator to obtain the current answers for basic arithmetic processes;
ii) standardise one variable against another;
iii) substitute values into a simple formula and obtain the current solution.
2b or provide evidence of further work with your APT and subsequent ability to do these tasks
|3.||Be able to use basic ICT packages||
3a Produce an essay (to be set by APT), word processed to an appropriate standard, and with references to a wider literature;
3b Ability to e-mail the essay to your APT as a Word attachment;
|4.||Be able to plan and manage your own workload with respect to deadlines and other constraints on your time.||Produce written evidence, for example in the form of a semester-based module plan, or a planned route of modules for subsequent semesters and years of how you are allocating time to the different tasks required of you.|
|5.||Have awareness of career development and life-long learning.||
5a Produce the diagnostic essay on career aspirations;
5b Produce a CV to an appropriate professional style and in a format which permits regular up-dating.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Northedge, A. et al (2005) The Sciences Good Study Guide. 2nd edition Open University
Communication Skills booklets (available in Learning Support Centres).
Learning Support Services ‘Help Yourself to Learn’ Workbooks. ‘Microsoft Word’, ‘Microsoft Excel’, ‘Library Catalogue’, ‘Guide to Electronics Information Sources in Biology and Environment’, ‘Internet’.
Reference will also be made to appropriate WWW sites
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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