20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed to help learners acquire and practise the key transferable skills necessary to success in Level 1 Technology modules and beyond. It is recognised, however, that these skills will need to be reinforced and revisited to meet the demands of concurrent and subsequent modules. The particular aims of the Learning to Learn module are as follows:
- To introduce students to the concept of key transferable skills.
- To develop students' study skills and critical thinking at the outset of their course.
- To develop students' communication and interpersonal skills.
- To develop students' general IT competence.
- To encourage students to develop as an autonomous learner through the production of the personal development plan.
Learning Styles and Personal and Professional Development
Introduction to key transferable skills and the concepts of learner responsibility and independent study; practice in self-appraisal and goal setting; introduction to different learning styles; organisation of study time and time management techniques; introduction to the concept of personal development planning.
Information and Study Skills
Use of conventional and modern library functions; literature searches, including WWW; Harvard referencing; notemaking; revision and exam techniques.
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; practice in planning and delivering a presentation; visual and non-verbal communication; active listening techniques; general groupwork theory and practice through structured activities; evaluation of group process and effectiveness.
Wordprocessing (e.g. Word); use of a spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel); use of a presentational package (e.g. Power-Point) for formal presentations and effective planning of communications; e-mail.
As stated in the aims, this module is designed to reflect the requirement of PELT for the development and assessment of key transferable skills 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 through links with skills-rich coursework in other modules.
In the Learning to Learn module, 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; group problem-solving, case studies, presentation, activity-based assignments, discussions, and video feedback.
A significant proportion of class time will be spent on skills development, and in most instances learning outcomes will be formally assessed more than once.
The main assignment will identify research topics which reflect the student’s chosen pathway and will cover all the learning outcomes, thus reinforcing relationships between key skill areas and the need for all-round competence, especially in project work.
The learning hours for this module are made up of the following components:
Lectures, tutorials, in-class structured activities, project presentation
Directed study, research and project preparation, including group meetings
Other course work
Self-directed consolidation of IT skills
It will be assessed by four separate pieces work which are:
1. An in-class WP assignment & e-mail of finished product (15%)
2. An self-appraisal exercise & mini report on study goals, and personal developing plan (30%)
3. Group problem-solving activity & process evaluation (15%)
4. Research project, report & Power-Point presentation (40%)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||locate, select, manipulate and communicate information in an academic and self-directed way, using a range of conventional and modern library functions||
• cite and reference via the Harvard system
• conduct a literature search, to include web searches.
• research a topic on an individual and/or group basis.
• communicate findings via report and presentation.
|2.||recognise and employ alternative learning approaches.||
• discuss different learning and teaching methods, and demonstrate a flexible and constructive approach to the range of learning activities and assignments set for this module.
• formulate personal and career goals.
|3.||appraise self and evaluate group process||
• make a positive contribution in group and team activities.
• evaluate group process and effectiveness.
• assess self and peers according to agreed criteria.
|4.||employ general time management techniques.||• work to deadlines during structured activities, and in individual and/or group project work.|
|5.||convey subject understanding in a range of communication situations.||
• write a technical report.
• devise alternative reporting formats appropriate to task.
• demonstrate an analytical approach to structuring a document.
• plan and deliver a well-structured and informative presentation on an individual and/or group basis, including use of Power-Point.
• peer assess colleagues’ presentation skills according to generally agreed criteria.
|6.||exploit IT as an aid to study and to clarify and enhance message||• demonstrate general competence in wordprocessing, the use of a spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel), the use of a presentational package (e.g. Power-Point), and e-mail|
|7.||reflect on own learning, catalogue the progress, make and set self-attainment goals||construct and verify a personal development plan (PDP)|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||WP and e-mail||Mini report and Personal Development Plan||Group problem-solving activity & process evaluation||Independent Research project, report & Power-Point presentation|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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