Academic Skills 2023-24
Bangor University International College (Department)
Module - Semester 1 & 2
In this module you will learn about the institutional culture at the Business school and understand the school's expectations of students. This module will prepare you to read effectively and use scientific databases in order to produce academically appropriate texts. You will also develop your presentation skills.
Topics studies in this module include:
• Institutional culture, practices, norms and expectations • Academic style • Research skills • Reading and listening effectively • Taking good notes • Paraphrasing and summarising • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism • Academic discourse • Critical thinking • Academic writing and speaking • An academic skills portfolio
Threshold (40-49% / D- to D+): Student has made sufficient progress in the study of this module to achieve the lowest level of pass allowing for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
Satisfactory (50 – 59% / C- to C+): Student demonstrates reasonably comprehensive coverage of learning outcomes, indicating generally accurate understanding, based on lecture material and some core readings. Some gaps in knowledge and/or understanding evident.
Good (60-69% / B- to B+): Student has displayed a sound basic knowledge and understanding of much of the material studied in this module and achieved a high enough grade to indicate a clear ability to cope with the demands of an undergraduate level degree.
Excellent (70% + / A- to A*): Student has engaged consistently well with all aspects of the module and strong achievement in assessments indicates the ability to perform effectively at undergraduate degree level.
- Source and evaluate a range of academic texts
- Take notes from written and spoken texts
- Use academic style effectively in oral and written work.
- Use critical thinking skills to analyse ideas and arguments
- Use paraphrasing, summarising and referencing skills
Critical thinking and source evaluation A seminar where students comment on the reliability and limitations of a journal article, and provide their own interpretation of and counterarguments to what they have read.
Note taking, paraphrasing and summarising Using the article from the seminar, students take notes on and paraphrase between two and five paragraphs, and provide a short summary of the article (up to 1000 words in total).
Reflective presentation A reflective presentation linking theories from the literature to your own experience, demonstrating your ability to analyse your own experiences and reflect on how they have helped you develop personally, professionally, and academically.
Essay An academic essay on a specific topic related to business, management, or finance, evidencing source-evaluation and note-taking skills and demonstrating an understanding of the academic language, style, and formatting expected at university (up to 1000 words).