Biosciences Academic Advising and Skills Development II - BIOS5300

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 1 (0.5) Alexandra Moores checkmark-circle


One-on-one meetings and small group tutorials focused on academic progression and the development of key skills to support the core curriculum and future study or employment. Students meet with their Academic Advisor individually or in small groups at intervals during the academic year. Individual meetings review academic progress, support career planning etc. Themed tutorials develop transferable skills; indicative topics are essay and report writing, presentation skills, sourcing information, critical analysis etc. The tutorials are informal involving student activity and discussion. Year group events deliver general information e.g. on University resources, 4-year programmes, module selection etc.


Contact hours

Private Study: 2
Contact Hours: 8
Total: 10

Method of assessment

• Formative assessment/feedback only

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Students will gain knowledge and critical understanding of the well- established principles of academic skills, and of the way in which those principles have developed and can be used during their studies;
2. Students will gain an ability to apply underlying concepts and principles effectively outside the context including use across other modules;
3. Students will gain knowledge of the main methods of enquiry and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems in the field of study;
4. Students will learn how to use a range of established techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis;
5. Students will effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis, in a variety of forms, to specialist and non- specialist audiences, and deploy key techniques of the discipline effectively;
6. Student will undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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