Module ICL-1008:
Research and Study Skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to develop the study skills of the learners, enabling the production of sound academic writing, the introduction of critical thought and basic research skills. It will enable students to develop skills in academic writing, the use of academic conventions, information research, reflection and the management and organisation of their work.

Course content

● Academic writing including essays and reports with reference to how they are structured and compiled using appropriate language.

● Use of academic conventions within work, notably Harvard citation and referencing.

● Information research using appropriate resources such as MOODLE, the University Online Library, Grŵp e-resources via Athens such as Infotrac and methods of recording research effectively.

● Legal aspects of academic writing: such as plagiarism and copyright practices.

● Reflective writing and practice, including theories and models that underpin such practice and the importance of reflective practice to learning.

● Time management including effective planning and prioritisation of tasks.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is credible and realistic, consistently evidenced by the rigorous application of theory linked to practice. This student will show a thorough understanding of the requirements of referencing and apply them consistently and correctly. Research will include a wide range of resources and show thorough background reading to support the written work. Excellent structure of written work will be executed, with excellent use of grammar and use a formal academic writing style.

threshold

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is limited, evidenced by the narrow application of theory linked to practice. The student will have a basic understanding of the requirements of referencing and appropriate research but not apply them consistently. Research will use a narrow range of resources and fail to demonstrate a breadth of investigation into the specific subject areas. This student will use a basic style of academic writing and will communicate ideas and research accordingly.

good

the student’s understanding of the knowledge and skills base developed through this module is sound and practical, evidenced by the effective application of theory linked to practice. This student will show a good understanding of the requirements of referencing and apply them in a consistent manner. Research will use a good range of resources and show some level of background reading. Good use of grammar and academic writing style will be applied to this student’s written work.

Learning outcomes

    1. Explain how research informs and can enhance practice.
    1. Demonstrate the ability to retrieve relevant information from a range of sources and to reference it appropriately.
    1. Demonstrate understanding and use of theories and models of reflection and an awareness of the value of reflection to learning.
    1. Provide evidence of effective academic writing in a range of forms and the appropriate use of academic conventions.

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Work-based learning

140 of the 200 notional learning hours - 140 hours tutor/employer directed student learning.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support.

Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice.

140
Work-based learning

60 of the 200 notional learning hours - 60 theory hours.

Relevant theoretical material is delivered using a blend of online material via Moodle, tutor visits to the workplace and employer input/support.

Assignments for this module aim to link theory to real employment situations and to encourage reflective practice.

60

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance

Resources

Reading list

Cairns, P. and Cox, A., 2008. Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction . Cambridge University Press.

Cottrell, S., 2008. The Study Skills Handbook. 3 rd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cottrell, S., 2010. Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. 2 nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Cottrell, S., 2011. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 2 nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Greetham, B., 2008. How to Write Better Essays. 2 nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Pears, R. and Shields, G., 2008. Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 7th ed. Pear Tree Book.

Courses including this module

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