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. Whilst similar to the Core Skills module used throughout UoB this module will endeavour to focus on the skills most frequently needed in the Creative Industries sector such as prototyping, design iteration, evaluative and reflective learning approaches as well as teamwork and complimentary skillset development.
1) Learning Styles & PDP:
Introduction to the University’s defined set of Effective Learning Skills and the concepts of learner responsibility and independent study; self-appraisal and evaluation,
goal-setting in relation to defined skills set via PDP; introduction to different learning styles; organisation of study time and time management techniques.
2) Information and Study Skills: Use of conventional and modern library functions; literature searches; Harvard referencing; notetaking, paraphrasing and summarisation.
3) Communication, Networking and Interpersonal Skills: Standard format for laboratory, technical and design reports; consideration of alternative reporting and journal based formats for assignments and projects, evaluative report writing; familiarisation with generally recognised performance criteria for effective presentations; planning
and delivering a presentation; visual and non-verbal communication; groupwork
through structured activities; evaluation of group process and effectiveness.
4) ICT: Use of WWW, email, forums, social networking, basic media development; word-processing e.g. Word; use of a presentational package e.g. PowerPoint; Use of different operating systems / platforms (e.g. Mac, PC)
5) Group work: Group dynamics, roles within teams, communication systems for teams.
This 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 GCCT.
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. 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. The purpose of this module is to establish points of reference and good practice for further
work. Where possible this will be achieved through the development of skills complementary to those used in other modules.
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; group work; 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.
Lectures (10 x 3.0 hours) 30 hours
Tutorial Support (3 x 3.0 hours) 9 hours
Directed study 31 hours
Coursework 50 hours
Background reading 40 hours
Assessment preparation 40 hours
Total 200 hours
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
|1) Produce a Personal Development Plan using appropriate ICT.|
|3.||Convey subject understanding in a range
of communication situations and use IT (including new media) to
clarify and enhance message.
1) Understand what constitutes a technical, evaluative and reflective writing style.
2) Illustrate understanding of alternative reporting formats (e.g. technical, evaluative) 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.
4) Demonstrate general competence in use of word-processing, presentational packages, and new media (e.g SNS, Blogs, wikis, podcasts)
|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||Individual Research project with end report/journal.||Team Presentation on research combined with PDP: self-appraisal exercise & formulation of study goals Including Peer assesment|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
All suggested reading in both conventional and electronic format is available from this web
page which is continually being updated.
Further support materials are available from the University LS&D pages and students are
directed to specific items at the beginning of the module.
B Greetham; How to Write Better Essays, Palgrave
S Cottrell; Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument, Palgrave
S Cottrell; The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave
M Coyle, J Peck; Write It Right: A Handbook for Students, Palgrave
J Rose; The Mature Student's Guide to Writing (Second Edition), Palgrave
S Cottrell; Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook, Palgrave
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Technologies|
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