Course module - Study and Research Skills
Code : EDUC10191 Credit rating: 10 Semester : 1
This unit aims to:
to develop student autonomy and confidence in undertaking and managing their studies;
to develop competence in researching, handling and processing ideas and information through academic and digital skills
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
Have developed an awareness of academic and electronic literacies in the context of their specific studies
Have an understanding of the impact of the Internet on their education and be able to employ techniques for its effective use for learning
Be able to demonstrate a critical approach to understanding research and ideas in their designated field
Be able to demonstrate an ability to make informed use of a range of resources available for academic study
Be able to demonstrate a heightened awareness of issues relating to the evaluation of online sources
Have developed the necessary practical skills to exploit targeted technologies for information handling
Have developed the necessary skills to exploit generic software to present their work
Have developed the necessary skills to use computer mediated communication tools to communicate with academic tutors and peers
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in writing
Have developed skills toward becoming an independent and self motivating learner, including the organisation of time, information and study materials
Have developed a range of study and research skills including the retrieval of information and location of sources
Be able to demonstrate enhanced skills in appropriate use of academic conventions
Have developed interpersonal skills in working with tutors and fellow students, in individual and group situations
A mini bibliography on a topic relating to a relevant chosen subject area and a brief commentary outlining the tools and strategies used. This bibliography will be produced through the application of information handling skills developed during the course unit. - 8-10 items - Formative assessment
Review of a relevant electronic journal article selected from the mini bibliography. - 2000 words - 100%
Working within a blended (class and online) learning environment,
Accessing learning through BlackBoard
Accessing and managing digital library resources
Being an aware reader: critical reading of refereed and online sources
Developing writing skills; referencing and plagiarism
Developing effective analysis skills
Approaches to study (time management, group work)
Making effective use of ICT tools for information handling and assignment tasks
Online content and interactive tasks via the course unit Blackboard space; face-to-face seminars/computer sessions/distance supported study depending on programme mode; individual and group work.
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Coombes, H. (2001) Research Using ICT. Palgrave MacMillan
Cottrell, S. (2003) The Study Skills Handbook, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Drew, S and Bingham, R. (2001) The Student Skills Guide, Aldershot, Gower.
Greetham, B. (2001) How to write better essays, Basingstoke, Palgrave
Payne, E. (2000) Developing essential study skills, Harlow, Prentice Hall.
Pettigrew, M. (1999) Student IT Skills, Aldershot, Gower.
Race, P. (1999) How to get a good degree: making the most of your time at university, Buckingham, Open University.
Rose, J. (2001) The Mature Students guide to writing, Basingstoke, Palgrave.
Turner, J. (2002) How to study: a short introduction, London, Sage
Any one of these books will provide useful guidance on study skills. Choose the ones that work best for you.