IA140-3-FY: Academic Skills
Department: International Academy
Essex credit: 45
ECTS credit: 22.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
This module is designed to develop students' general and academic language proficiency and study skills to enable them to participate effectively in their subject studies both during the International Foundation Programme/Year Zero and in their subsequent undergraduate courses. The Summer Term is consolidation and review, with some training in examination techniques.
- To develop students' ability to operate effectively, in both written and spoken language, in a range of academic settings
- To develop students' basic research skills, encouraging a critical approach to source materials and appropriate use of sources as supporting evidence
- To encourage independent learning strategies and develop students' confidence to make judgments and be evaluative
- To equip students with appropriate and effective language and study skills applicable to their various disciplines
By the end of this module a student will be expected to be able to:
1. Produce academic writing which is well-structured, relevant and clearly reasoned.
2. Communicate ideas, information and arguments with clarity, both orally and in written form, and which demonstrates the ability to integrate students' own ideas with those of others.
3. Deliver effective presentations using an appropriate range of visual aids.
4. Comprehend texts on a range of subjects identifying main points from listening and reading material, and demonstrating critical reading skills to assess the usefulness of information.
5. Make full use of academic libraries and a range of appropriate electronic media for independent research purposes
6. Demonstrate knowledge and appropriate use of academic register and referencing conventions.
7. Develop time management strategies, employ self-directed learning and show an ability to work collaboratively with others.
The Autumn term will focus on the following:
Identify text types and their relevance / appropriateness
Develop basic research techniques
Reading & note-taking skills development
Writing skills development
Editing and redrafting skills
Referencing and how to avoid plagiarism
The Spring Term will focus on the following:
Listening skills development
Listening & note-taking
Summary writing and working with lecture notes
Presentation skills including the effective use of visuals
Graphs and statistical information
The Summer Term will focus on the following:
Revision and exam strategies
60% coursework and 40% exam
Pass mark: 40%
Coursework will consist of an assignment portfolio (30%), a group oral presentation (25%), an in-class test (30%) and a reflective event (15%).
End-of-the-year three-hour exam.
Diagnostic test in week 2 (EAP classes).
Formative writing tasks in weeks 6, 7, 8, 17, 18 and 19 (language classes).
Learning and Teaching Methods
Students will normally receive 8 hours of instruction per week for 23 weeks. The Autumn and Spring Terms consist of 10 weeks whereas the Summer Term consists of 3 weeks.
The teaching will take place in 3 x 2-hour classes devoted to academic study skills development/ EAP which will be taught in subject specific classes.
Non native speakers
The teaching will take place in 4 x 2-hour classes with 6 of those hours devoted to academic study skills development/EAP and the remaining 2 hours will focus on language development at sentence and paragraph level. Students will be taught in subject specific classes for the EAP training and according to proficiency for the general English language development.
All information relating to this module can be found on the Academic Skills Moodle site as well as in the course books.
50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark
Exam Duration and Period
3:00 hour exam during Summer Examination period.
This is a core module for all students on all IFP and Year Zero pathways.
Bailey S (2011) Academic Writing: A handbook for International Students, Routledge.
Cottrell, S., (2003) The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan.
Oshima, A and Hogue, A (2006) Writing Academic English, Pearson Education.
Reinders, Moore and Lewis (2008) Palgrave Study Skills: International Students Handbook, Palgrave Macillan.
Transferrable Academic Skills Kit (TASK) (2007) University of Reading: Garnet Education.