IA934-6-FY-CO: Integrated Language Skills For Graduate Students
Department: Essex Pathways
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Ms Fiona Elsted
|Module is taught during the following terms
This module is designed to introduce critical thinking skills that students will need in order to function in an academic environment.
- To introduce students to the concepts involved in critical thinking
- To enable students to apply the concepts in critically evaluating the work of others
- To enable students to apply these concepts to their own work
- To help students enhance their general reflectivity skills
At the end of this module participants should be able to:
- have a deep understanding of who the writer/speaker is addressing
- clearly recognise the position/stance of the writer/speaker
- clearly understand the argument(s) of the writer/speaker
- identify and deconstruct an argument
- construct an argument
- synthesise arguments from different sources
- recognise inadequate evidence and logical fallacies and be aware of how to avoid them in their own writing
have become more proficient in their understanding of:
- the importance of critical thinking in an academic context
- the language and discourse of academic writing
- their academic identity
- learning to learn
- the scope of questioning
- participating in the academic discourse community
- finding and critically evaluating sources including web-based material
- using academic conventions, including ethical approaches to citation
- understanding discourse in academic writing
- moving from description to academic discussion, including comparison, evaluation and analysis
- recognising strong and weak argumentation
- constructing arguments through employing appropriate evidence and logic
- revision and feedback
An essay of 500 words, non-assessed, due mid-Autumn term; an essay of 1,500 words (due in the first week of the Spring term; 35%) and an essay of 3,000 words (due in the first week of the Summer term; 55%) on which an oral presentation on the essay, in its initial formative stage, will be given in the last half of the spring term (10%).
Learning and Teaching Methods
The module runs over 23 weeks. Autumn and Spring Terms: 10 x 2 hour classes. Summer Term: 3 x 2 hour revision and feedback classes.
There will also be weekly one hour whole group tutorials during which students will ask questions and have the opportunity to participate in a debate. Additional formative feedback sessions for individual students will be provided during weekly office hours, as required.
Classes and tutorial sessions; computer labs for internet research, the International Academy Learning Resource Centre with advisor help and the University library.
100 per cent Coursework Mark
- The module will be based on in-house materials which will be issued during the classes. In addition the students will be referred to selected chapters in the following texts:
- Browne, M., N and Keeley, S., M. (2004) Asking the Right Questions: 9th ed., Upper Saddle River, Pearson: Prentice Hall
- Cottrell, S. (2005) Critical Thinking Skills, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
- Porter, B. F. (2002) Fundamentals of Critical Thinking, Oxford, Oxford University Press
- Thompson, A. (2002) Critical Reasoning: 2nd ed., London, Routledge
- Waters, M. and Waters, A. (1995) Study Tasks in English: units 2 and 3, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
- Note: Any of the above texts may be withdrawn and replaced in the event of better suited materials becoming available.