Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Study Skills

Course summary

Course code: ENGL1060
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Literature, Language and Theatre
Course Coordinator(s): Robert Tsukada Bright


Pre and co requisites



To develop a range of academic and transferable skills and to raise awareness of their importance within the context of higher education in the UK and the world at large:

1. information literacy skills
2. effective reading strategies
3. critical reflective and analytical skills
4. time-management skills
5. note-taking for lectures and the reading of academic texts
6. planning and organising the writing of an academic essay
7. the development of cross-cultural and international awareness

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 retrieve and appraise online and book-based research material with increasing confidence
2 extract key information from academic and other genres of text using extensive and intensive reading strategies
3 begin to critically analyse texts
4 develop time-management skills in the context of being an effective student within a Higher Education Institution
5 develop skills in note-taking during lectures and apply note-taking techniques to the reading of academic texts
6 to develop awareness of writing as a process including planning, researching, drafting, editing
7 understand some of the problems of cross-cultural communication strategies

Indicative content

• Identify transferable and academic skills. Complete an initial personal skills analysis,
• followed by on-going analysis of skills development over the term via a reflective learning
• An introduction to research skills including a library-based session and undertaking a
critical evaluation of on-line material
• Selecting and adopting successful reading strategies to cope with the academic task:
skimming, scanning, gist reading, intensive reading
• Analysing the logic of a texts: working together to recognise the main purpose of a
text; identifying key information and concepts; differentiating fact from opinion
• Exploring academic writing conventions: the bibliography and citation.
• Understanding the different purposes of citation in order to make active decisions when
to use direct citation and indirect citation
• Developing effective summarising and paraphrasing skills to operate alongside
citational choices in order to build an effective strategy for avoiding plagiarism
• Understanding that writing is a process which has to progress through a number of stages before completing the final version. Exploring the purpose of each stage in leading to the final product. Controlled practice of each stage
• Understanding the purpose of note-taking in lectures and practise developing the skill by exploiting e-technologies

Teaching and learning activity

Learning activities will include workshop exercises, group discussion, written and
verbal presentations, independent study, interaction in a VLE, completion of e-learning
activities, and completion of a reflective learning blog.

Where possible e-technologies will be used in order to exploit a learning possibility, for

• Students’ reflective learning blogs will be written within the VLE to allow the tutor
(and where appropriate peers) to comment, challenge and enhance the experience
of personal reflection on a week-by-week basis

• The lecture/seminar process will be replicated and practised. Students will follow
short e-lectures and be asked to compose lecture notes whilst they are listening in
order to use their notes to respond to and explore the issues raised via a
simulated discussion seminar

Students have two hours per week in a computer lab in order to work in the VLE and exploit
on-line material highlighted above.


Portfolio - 60% weighting 40% pass mark.
A portfolio of writing that extends material covered in class. 1500 words. Learning outcomes 1 - 7.

Reflective Journal - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
A weekly journal outlining progress in skills development. 1000 words. Learning outcomes 4, 6 & 7.

Students are not required to pass all summative assessments in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessments:
The Portfolio is supported by classroom practicals.
The Reflective journal is supported by feedback on the regular journal submissions.