20 credits at level HE4
This module offers you the opportunity to assess your existing skills in terms of personal and professional development and to consider your aspirations and set yourself goals, thus forming the foundations of your Personal Development Planning (PDP). You will develop the academic reading and writing skills necessary for study at degree level and begin to read for the purposes of analysis and evaluation of an argument. You will also develop your skills in writing in the appropriate academic style and register and begin to develop research techniques. Reflective and critical thinking are fundamental to academic study and this module introduces you to these important skills.
The Harvard system of referencing
English for academic purposes, including standard forms of grammar, punctuation and spelling
Critical thinking: identifying arguments and non-arguments. Assumptions and implicit arguments; identifying flaws
Reflective thinking and writing
Personal Development Planning
Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning using a combination of face-to-face sessions , electronic-based resources and electronic communications. The development of study skills will be supported through individual learning and independent research. Lectures, seminars and group work will also be used to support teaching and learning.
There are three separate assessments for this module which are designed to monitor and support progress.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||. Be able to reflect, analyse and plan in terms of the skills needed for successful study at degree level||Present a detailed Personal Development Plan|
|2.||Be able to write a reflective journal||Present an extract from a reflective learning journal|
|3.||Be able to analyse an essay title and construct an argument in response to the title||Develop an argument which demonstrates a logical structure and relevance to the title|
|4.||Have researched topics of relevance to the module in print and electronic format||Produce an essay which demonstrates evidence of research|
|5.||Be able to write in the appropriate academic style and register||Write an essay using the appropriate academic register and standard forms of grammar, punctuation and spelling|
|6.||Understand the Harvard referencing system||Use the Harvard system correctly|
|7.||. Be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses in arguments||Produce an essay which evaluates and synthesises information from a variety of sources|
|8.||Understand the significance of critical thinking in academic work||Critically analyse a range of ideas and concepts|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||1500 word Essay||Personal development Plan||Extract from a reflective journal|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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