Academic and Research Skills - ANTS3080

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


This module introduces students to the range of basic academic and research skills required across the range of the School's BA and BSc programmes. 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

Total contact hours 24
Private study hours 126
Total study hours 150


Compulsory to: BSc Anthropology
BA Social Anthropology (remaining cohorts)
BSc Human Biology and Behaviour
BSc Wildlife Conservation
BSc Human Geography
BA Environmental Social Sciences
(and cognate Year Abroad or Year in Professional Practice for all of the above)

Method of assessment

Article Analysis Essay 30%
Qualitative Analysis Group Presentation 30%
Quantitative Analysis Poster Presentation 40%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: Like for like

Indicative reading

Bethell, E. and Milsom, C. 2014. Posters & Presentations. Macmillan Education UK.
De Vries, R. 2018. Critical Statistics: Seeing Beyond the Headlines. Red Globe Press.
Moore et al. 2010. The Ultimate Study Skills Handbook. Open University Press.
Neville, C. 2010. The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Open University
Punch, K.F. 2013. Introduction to Social Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. SAGE
Rugg, G. 2007. Using Statistics: A Gentle Introduction. Open University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 understand how to use library and online resources to conduct scholarly research in the disciplines of anthropology, human geography, conservation science and environmental science.
8.2 understand the similarities and differences in academic writing, and how to analyse academic articles in these disciplines.
8.3 understand how to appropriately write and cite literature in these disciplines.
8.4 understand the basic principles of collecting, organising and analysing quantitative data for the purposes of hypothesis-testing in these disciplines


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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