20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed to help learners acquire and practise key transferable skills and to address the University's NLE (New Learning Environment) requirements particularly in the areas of Effective Learning Skills and PDP (Personal Development Planning). The specific aims at Level One are:
1) to encourage students to develop and apply a well defined set of research, analysis and communication skills that will be revisited at subsequent levels of the course;
2) to foster commitment by getting students to reflect on their course from the outset in a personal development plan.
Learning Styles & PDP:
Introduction to University’s defined set of Effective Learning Skills and the concepts of learner responsibility and independent study; practice in self-appraisal and goal-setting in relation to defined skills set via PDP; introduction to different learning styles; organisation of study time and time management techniques.
Information and Study Skills:
Use of conventional and modern library functions; literature searches, including WWW; Harvard referencing; practise in notemaking, paraphrasing and summarisation.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
Standard format for laboratory and technical reports; consideration of alternative reporting formats for assignments and projects; familiarisation with generally recognised performance criteria for effective presentations; practise in planning and delivering a presentation; visual and non-verbal communication; practise in groupwork through structured activities; evaluation of group process and effectiveness.
Use of WWW and email; wordprocessing e.g. Word; use of a presentational package e.g. PowerPoint.
This module is the "short fat" version of a previously validated Core Skills module (ECE 1000) by the same author, C. Brierley. As previously stated, the Core Skills module is designed to be flexible: it can be delivered over one semester or as a “long and thin module” over two semesters. It will also be responsive to new learning and teaching initiatives in HE, in the University and from its host department of CET.
As stated in the aims, this module is designed to meet the requirements of the University’s New Learning Environment particularly in the areas of key transferable skills and PDP so that in the early stages of their course, students are encouraged to become self-directed and effective learners. As also stated, it is recognised that the aims of this module will be reinforced and enriched through links with other modules at all levels of the course, and that the purpose of this module is to establish points of reference and good practice for further work.
The delivery mode is 100% continuous assessment. There will be a number of lectures and tutorials, but the main emphasis will be learner-centred and practical and entail a combination of the following: guided self-learning materials; independent research; activity-based assignments; discussions; groupwork; presentations; and extended project work. Furthermore, the main assignment will identify research topics which reflect the student’s chosen pathway and will cover all the learning outcomes, thus reinforcing the need for all-round competence, especially in projects.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Show progress in your ability to:
Locate, select, manipulate and communicate information in an academic and self-directed way, using a range of conventional and modern library functions.
In accordance with the target level of competence:
1) Cite and reference via the Harvard system.
2) Conduct a literature search, to include web searches.
3) Research a topic on an individual and group basis.
4) Communicate findings via report and presentation.
|2.||Recognise and employ alternative learning approaches, plus conduct self appraisal in relation to given skills set and identify targets for achievement at Level One.||1) Produce a Personal Development Plan using appropriate ICT.|
|3.||Convey subject understanding in a range of communication situations and use IT to clarify and enhance message.||
1) Understand what constitutes a technical report.
2) Devise alternative reporting formats appropriate to task and demonstrate an analytical approach to structuring a document.
3) Plan and deliver a well-structured and informative presentation using appropriate ICT e.g. PowerPoint.
4) Demonstrate general competence in use of wordprocessing and presentational packages.
|4.||Work as part of a team and employ effective time management techniques.||
1) Make a positive contribution in group and team activities and monitor group process and effectiveness.
2) Achieve group task by allocating and fulfilling individual responsibilities.
3) Work to deadlines during structured activities and projects.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Practical exercises set as motivational targets over first few weeks||PDP: self-appraisal exercise & formulation of study goals||Research project with end report & presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
All suggested reading in both conventional and electronic format is available from my web page which is continually being updated.
further supporting self-study materials and practical work related to assignments is available form this page maintained by a department colleague
Further support materials are available from the University LS&D pages and students are directed to specific items at the beginning of the module.
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