Academic Skills for Maths and Science Foundation - FOUN0047

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 3 15 (7.5) Tom Horn checkmark-circle


Through this module, students will develop the transferable linguistic and academic skills necessary to successfully complete other modules on their programme and acquire the specific language skills that they will require when entering SMSAS and SPS Stage 1 programmes. The programme of study focuses on writing and speaking skills, enhancing academic language through classroom, homework and assessed activities. Writing skills will be used to write a technical report, interpret data and describe processes. Spoken skills will be used in presentations and seminars.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 116
Total Study hours: 150


None – worksheets and booklets will be provided

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (20%)
Seminar preparation (20%)
Presentation (5 – 8 minutes) (25%)
Assignment (1,200 words) (35%)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% exam

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Form, develop, support and conclude written and spoken argument in a logical way, and in a format which is appropriate to UK academic conventions and culture.
Select relevant information from a range of textual formats (e.g. quantitative, tabular and graphic data, reports, textbooks and articles) and reformulate it in written (through reports, descriptions and interpretation) and spoken form.
Develop own arguments and integrate these appropriately with source material in written and spoken form.
Demonstrate enhanced academic and linguistic skills related to presentations, seminar discussion, workshops, laboratory work, reading, note-taking, research, essay writing and referencing, as appropriate to the subject.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Apply their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills sufficiently to be able to deal effectively with the demands of a first-year undergraduate study at a UK university.
Apply analytical skills to all areas of study, as appropriate.
Utilise improved listening and note-taking skills and their ability to interpret information through lectures.
Demonstrate increased fluency, confidence and appropriateness in English language skills, with a particular emphasis on English for general and specific academic purposes.
Speak more confidently in public and lead seminars.
Comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars, workshops, laboratory work and tutorials, as appropriate, and practise the key skills of time management and organisation.
Access support services for independent study—e.g. the Templeman library, the Computing Centre.
Understand how to use the available literature without plagiarising.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a 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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