5. Self-reflect upon own academic development

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SH4053 - Academic skills & literacy: finding and presenting information 

Module title Academic skills & literacy: finding & presenting information
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
Total study hours 150
14 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
100 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
TypeWeightingQualifying markDescription
Coursework 30%   Annotated bibliography of 5 identified relevant academic sources, app. 500 words
Other 50%   Review of one journal article/book chapter in the form of a 10 minute podcast or video presentation
Coursework 20%   Self-reflection on academic development, app. 500 words
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Module summary

The module is an academic skills module which serves to develop key academic skills in first year students. Its main focus is developing students’ skills in identifying, understanding, and presenting literature, data and information.

This module aims to:

- Develop key skills essential to all years of higher education, including researching, reading, writing, referencing, and critical thinking
- Develop ability to effectively read and comprehend academic literature
- Develop ability to present academic literature, both written and verbally
- Develop understanding of the quality and validity of different sources of information
- Provide opportunities for self-development and reflection


The module syllabus is designed to tackle each LO in turn, through covering these 6 key areas:

1. Using University resources in identifying key academic literature and information
2. Reading and writing skills for university
3. Referencing and citations
4. Understanding academic texts
5. Presentation of academic texts, verbal and written
6. Quality and validity of information

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

A range of teaching methods will be used throughout this module: lectures, seminars, workshops, activities and discussions. The module will also apply the flipped-class method, where students will be required to read set texts or other information, and to discuss these in classes and seminars. Additional resources will be available online via
WebLearn. Module staff will be available to provide face-to-face, telephone, and email support to students during and outside timetabled sessions.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, students will able to:

1. Effectively make use of the University’s academic resources to identify and obtain academic literature and other relevant information
2. Demonstrate the ability to use academic systems of referencing
3. Present and discuss relevant and appropriate academic literature
4. Understand and explain the quality and validity of various types of literature and information
5. Self-reflect upon own academic development

Assessment strategy

The assessment is a portfolio to be submitted by the end of the module. NB All elements of the portfolio will be submitted in week 25. The portfolio is passed on aggregation of three assessment components. The assessment components are designed to test students’ knowledge of key module teachings and learning outcomes. The assessment strategy involves written, oral, and creative elements.

The annotated bibliography is intended to test LO 1, 2, 3, and 4. Students will gather a bibliography on a relevant health and social care topic and provide a short commentary on the contents and relevance of each item.

The review of a journal article/book chapter in form of a 10 minute podcast or video presentation is intended to test LO 2, 3 and 4. Students will choose one item from their annotated bibliography and provide an in-depth discussion on the contents of the item, demonstrating ability to comprehend and present academic literature. The choice of assessment allows the students to engage with the task in a creative and varied manner.

The 500 word self-reflection of own academic development is intended to test LO5. Students are asked to consider their own development from start to conclusion of module, reflect upon the key skills they have acquired, and the value and application of these in further study.

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