Academic and Research Skills - SACO3080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Brandon Wheeler checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to the range of basic academic and research skills required across the range of the School's BA and BSc courses. Students will learn to independently use library resources to conduct scholarly research in their field of study and related fields, how to appropriately analyse that literature, and incorporate it into their own academic writing. Beyond writing, student will learn how to effectively communicate scholarly topics in the format of oral and poster presentations. Students will then be introduced to the basic aspects of collecting and analysing qualitative data as relevant in their own field of study and related disciplines. Finally, the module will focus on the skills needed to organise, analyse, and present quantitative data for the purpose of hypothesis testing in these disciplines.


Contact hours

Private study hours: 127
Total contact hours: 23
Total: 150


Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc Anthropology
• BSc Human Biology and Behaviour
• BSc Wildlife Conservation
• BSc Human Geography
• BA Environment and Sustainability
• (and cognate Year Abroad or Year in Professional Practice for all of the above)

Cannot be taken with ANTS3080

Not available to short term credit students

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Article Analysis Essay (1000 words) 30%
Qualitative Analysis Group Presentation 35%
Quantitative Analysis Poster 35%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand how to use library and online resources to conduct scholarly research in the disciplines of anthropology, human geography, conservation science and environmental science.
2 Understand the similarities and differences in academic writing, and how to analyse academic articles in these disciplines.
3 Understand how to appropriately write and cite literature in these disciplines.
4 Understand the basic principles of collecting, organising and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data to conduct academic research in these disciplines.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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