Pre-requisite module: LZ036 Academic Skills Development (15 Credits, Autumn Delivery); Co-requisite modules: 3 subject modules selected from the options available on the International Foundation Programme.
OverviewThrough this module, students will improve the transferable academic skills necessary to successfully complete all the other modules on the IFP and to succeed on their future undergraduate programmes. The programme of study will cover critical and analytical skills in both written and spoken format. Students will attend three two-hour seminar/workshops per week on furthering their academic skills, receiving input on seminar participation, presentation skills and the requirements of EITHER a simplified written Case Study OR an essay (the 'project'). They will also have the opportunity to meet with their tutor four to five times during the term for a tutorial, to discuss their project and progress on the module. Students will create an electronic Portfolio consisting of reflective journal entries based on the progression of their project (with the use of a Wiki), which will be assessed throughout the module. Students will be engaged in seminars (x2), one of which will provide the basis of a group presentation. At the end of the term, students will submit their individual, complete Project Essay OR a Case Study on an issue that may or may not have arisen out of the seminar/presentation elements.
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Contact hours per week:
Students will attend three two-hour seminar/workshops per week on further their academic skills, receiving input on reflective writing, seminar participation, presentation skills and the requirements of a written Case Study (the 'Project'). The total number of contact hours for the module is 66 hours. Students will be expected to spend a total of 84 hours over 11 weeks on self-study. The total study hours are 150. Students will create an electronic Portfolio consisting of reflective journal entries based on the progression of their project (with the use of a Wiki), which will not be formally assessed but will help students work towards their learning outcomes and form the basis of an assessed individual presentation at the end of term. Students also engage in seminars (x 2). The issue discussed in one of these will provide the basis of the group presentation. At the end of the term, students will submit their complete, individual Project Case Study.
Spring Start (Accelerated) Programme
Students will complete the above but over 10 weeks and will attend three two-hour seminar/workshops plus one extra workshop per week. The total number of contact hours for the module is 70. In addition, students will be expected to spend a total of 80 hours over the 10 weeks on self-study. The total study hours are 150.
Method of assessment
The module is assessed through 100% coursework as follows:
1. Seminar Participation x 2 (15%)
2. Reflective Portfolio (unassessed) leading to an individual presentation (20%)
3. Foundation project essay OR simplified Case Study (1,500 words 50%)
4. Group presentation (15%) which is presented orally
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Thomas, G. (2011) How to do your case study: a guide for students and researchers. London: Sage
1. apply the analytical, academic and linguistic skills developed in the LZ036 Academic Skills
Development module and IFP subject module classes (see Programme Specification for
2. present a logical argument in writing and orally following UK academic conventions and engaging
UK academic culture,
3. demonstrate a knowledge of subject specific vocabulary
4. use source materials in written and spoken form in presentations and seminar discussions
5. engage in a constructive, reflective process regarding their own learning.