BUS1016 : Academic and Professional Skill Development

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Aims of the module are to;

•       support the transition of students into higher education
•       enable students to develop relevant skills and understand the importance of developing themselves as independent learners
•       enable students to develop relevant academic and professional skills
•       provide opportunities for students to develop their awareness of relevant labour market and gain an understanding of the concept of career capital and its potential impact on their own employability

Outline Of Syllabus

There are 4 main elements to the syllabus;

1.Independent learning
•       Introduction to different types of learning such as individual and group work      
•       Introduction to the theories and skills required to achieve a critical thinking perspective and becoming an informed decision maker      
•       Development activities to support reflective practice and use of feedback
•       Understanding how to use e-portfolio as a learning tool
2.Academic writing
•       Introduction to good academic practice in researching, referencing and plagiarism      
•       Searching for information, use of databases and literature searching

3.Graduate employment
•       Introduction to integrate and critical perspectives of employability
•       Understanding the concept and requirements of an ‘Intelligent Career’
•       Exploring the graduate labour market and gaining an appreciation of what constitutes a graduate job
•       Developing skills to build career capital and identification of job opportunities available
•       Developing skills in CV building and identification of transferable skills

This element will also include a guest lecturer [Local HR Director / Recruitment lead] on what do employers want / how are graduates perceived?

4. I.T. Skills
•       [Outlook] skills in sorting and managing communications
•       [Excel] skills in using spreadsheets linked to Accountancy module
•       [Excel] skills in data analysis and presentation
•       [Social Media] skills in building and managing a professional digital footprint
•       [Powerpoint] skills in creating delivered and stand-alone presentations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion174:0074:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity120:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination301M10Referencing exercise
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Individual written essay (1500 words)
Portfolio2M60Consisting of 3 elements (2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment for the module is multi-component to support the various skills outcomes identified. The range of assessments have also been designed to ensure that students engage in all of the teaching and learning content.

The referencing exercise is included to provide an opportunity for students to understand the requirements of good academic practice in citing sources.

The essay in semester 1 is included to provide an opportunity for students to understand the requirements of academic writing which will support their future studies across the programme as a whole.

The portfolio exercise is included to provide an opportunity for students to understand the importance of good career planning and development of appropriate professional skills.

For any re-assessments, and again as this is a multi-component module, this will be a single piece of written work [portfolio] which will encompass the whole syllabus, and be a minimum of 4,000 words. The re-assessment portfolio would require students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained in semester 1 and 2, with varied elements included covering the range of the syllabus.

Reading Lists