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Research and Study Skills

MBA7020 (2013-14)

Research and Study Skills


Credits

0

Level

HE7, PG/Masters

Type

Other

Duration

1 Trimester(s)

Trimester 3?

Yes

ECTS

0

Marking Scheme

Grade mark scheme (i.e. P,F,L or I grade)

Pass Mark

40%, No Notes

Delivery Type

This Module requires you to attend particular classes or events at particular times and in particular locations.

Pre-Requisites

None

Co-Requisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Module Outline

This module serves to develop academic study skills with particular emphasis on building your confidence as an independent learner and your academic writing skills. It will provide practice in other academic skills such as referencing, strategies for avoiding plagiarism, the difference between essay and report writing and how to search for relevant information effectively. You will practise using critical thinking skills, formal and informal presentation skills and learn how to get the most out lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Taught (T), Developed (D) and Assessed (A).

Indicative Content

 

Description

1

Develop effective research skills to identify information

2

Develop note-taking skills

3

Develop effective critical thinking skills

4

Reference work effectively

5

Paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism

6

Writing essays and reports

7

Using case studies

8

Understanding key University procedures

Learning Outcomes

 

Description

1

Demonstrate effective independent research skills

2

Plan and write appropriate level academic assignments

3

Make effective use of lectures, seminars and tutorials

4

Follow University procedures and guidelines in relation to your programme effectively

Learning And Teaching Strategy

The seminars will use a variety of methods such as reading exercises, discussions, critical thinking activities, web-based learning, amongst others, to provide input to help you to improve your academic study skills. You will be expected to prepare for classes by completing a variety of activities suggested by your tutors. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will provide access to weekly materials as well as links to additional resources such as academic journals and useful websites to aid your learning. In addition, the University’s Library pages provide access to a host of online resources such as e-journal and e-book repositories.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Method

KIS

Hours

Guided independent study

Independent

61

Seminar

Scheduled

39

Formative Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment is an aid to learning. It is designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform your development. It can be used to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or extra support from your tutor. It does not contribute to the overall formal assessment for the unit. Informal formative assessment is provided in this module through: Seminar activities including multiple choice exercises; Tutorial sessions for specific students’ requests; Participants will also write a 1500 word assignment and deliver a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation.

Summative Assessment Strategy

There is no summative assessment -However, in order to pass the module, you must have satisfactory attendance and engage in the formative assessments set.

Summative Assessments

 

Assessment

KIS

Description

 

Learning Outcomes

Marking Scheme

Passmark

KIS Weighting

001

Practical skills assessment

Practical

Students must have satisfactory attendance and engage in the formative assessments set.

FINAL

1 2 3 4

Not applicable

-

100%

Learning Resources

Description

Bailey, S. (2011) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students of Business Abingdon:Routledge

Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan

Corballis, T. & Jennings, W. (2009) English for Management in Higher Education Studies Reading: Garnet Education

Dawes, M. (2011) Study Skills for International Postgraduates Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan

Deane, M. (2010) Inside Track: Academic Research, Writing & Referencing Essex:Pearson

Gillett, A. (2009) Inside Track: Successful Academic Writing (1st edition) Essex:Pearson

Greetham, B. (2009) How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan

Hamp-Lyons, L. and Heasley, B. (2006) Study Writing: A Course in Writing Skills for Academic Purposes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Murray, N. & Belgar, D. (2009) Inside Track: Writing Dissertations & Theses (1st edition) Essex:Pearson

Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. (2007) Writing Academic English Level 3 (Fourth Edition) New York: Pearson Longman

Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. (2006) Writing Academic English (Fourth Edition) New York: Pearson Longman

Feedback to Students

Formative: At the end of the lecture where Formative Assessment is conducted, or a maximum of two weeks.

 

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