20 credits at level HE4
The module is designed to introduce, reinforce and support the gaining of study skills required of all students for the successful completion of the foundation degree. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in order to become independent learners.
Academic report writing: structure of a reports; style; grammar and punctuation; selecting, embedding and using quotations, Harvard referencing, compiling a bibliography.
ICT: on-line literature searches; on-line discussion; using the VLE to access learning materials, electronic PDP portfolios, word processing.
Selecting, reading and understanding academic literature.
Research: qualitative and quantitative research; research methods; research ethics and skills.
Academic and transferable skills.
A blended-learning approach will be adopted. Online resources guide students through achievable study skills. Students will engage in online discussions, debates and group activities to explore and develop study and reflection skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials and class-based activities will also be utilised in the module.
You will be assessed through an assignment that asks you to prepare a report and by an ICT evidence portfolio.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative research||1.1 explain differences between qualitative and quantitative research|
|2.||identify commonly used research methods, describe the methods, and their strengths and limitations||2.1 describe three commonly used research methods and explain their strengths and limitations|
|3.||understand the need for an ethical approach to research||
3.1 explain the need for an ethical approach to research
3.2 explain the applicable requirements of the University of Boltonís code of ethical practice relating to research
|4.||demonstrate effective ICT skills||
4.1 conduct an on-line literature search to obtain good quality academic literature
4.2 participate in an on-line discussion
4.3 use a VLE correctly to access learning materials
4.4 set up your electronic PDP portfolio successfully
4.5 demonstrate word processing skills required to produce an assignment that is appropriately presented
|5.||select and read academic literature showing understanding||5.1 select and discuss the contents of a chosen piece of academic literature showing understanding of its contents|
|6.||demonstrate you can write an academic report.||6.1 write an academic report with an appropriate structure, style, presentation, correct grammar and punctuation, with relevant quotations used appropriately, and full Harvard referencing and a bibliography|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||assignment report of 1,500 words||ICT evidence -portfolio|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bell, J. (2006) Doing your Research Project. Maidenhead: Open University Press
Buzan, T. (2002) How to Mind Map. London: Thorsons HarperCollins Publishers.
Cohen L., Manion L., & Morrison K., (2007) Research Methods in Education. Abingden: Routledge
Cottrell, S. (2003) The Study Skills Handbook (2nd Edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hammersley-Fletcher, L., Lowe M., & Pugh J., (2007) The Teaching assistants guide an essential textbook for foundation degree students. Abingden: Routledge
Middlewood D., Coleman M., & Lumby, J. (2004) Practitioner research in Education. London: Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd
Ritchie, C. and Thomas, P. (2004) Successful Study: Skills for Teaching Assistants. London: David Fulton Publishers.
Smith, P. (2002) Writing an assignments: Proven Techniques from a Chief Examiner that really get results. Oxford: How to Books Ltd.
Truss, L. (2003) Eats Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. London: Profile books Ltd.
Watkinson, A. (2005) Professional Values and Practice. London: David Fulton Publishers
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