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ACE1040 : Academic and Professional Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Other Staff: Mrs Julia Robinson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to
•       develop basic skills in operating computer software within a Windows environment in the context of reporting the output of research
•       develop communication and study skills to enable independent learning at a HE level in particular how to find, analyse, synthesise and present information appropriately.
•       introduce the application of statistical techniques to agricultural, nutrition, business, environmental and animal data.

Outline Of Syllabus

MS Office: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Research skills: library search stragegy and referencing
Experimental design, basic data manipulation, interpretation and presentation,
Communication: essay structure, presentation, poster

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00Assessment Preparation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Synchronous Online Lecture
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Non-synchronous lecture material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00PiP Computer practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP Presentation
Guided Independent StudySkills practice801:0080:00Preparation non synchronous skills practice
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00PiP Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery121:0012:00Synchronous Online Drop Ins
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity131:0013:00Student-led group work
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In semester 1 students will work in groups (SO2) to present a PowerPoint, Poster and Essay Structure(SO4, SO5, KO1, SO3) on a relevant topic (SO4, KO6). They will receive lectures and practical sessions to develop their MSOffice skills (SO5), and to learn about sourcing and referencing information (KO2). In tutorials they will develop their chosen topics and critically assess former work against assessment criteria (KO5, KO1).

In semester 2, students will carry out small investigation where they will collect relevant data which they will use in lecture and practical sessions for basic relevant calculations (SO6), they will manipulate the data in MSExcel (SO5) and carry out basic statistical tests (SO8) and learn how to understand, present and describe tables and graphs (SO7, KO3). Students will use the data and graphs to produce a correctly referenced, correctly formatted, scientific report in MSWord (SO3, SO7, SO9, SO5).
In tutorials they will critically evalute graphs and tables used in data presentation, and assess former student reports against assessment criteria (KO4,KO5, SO9).

A learning log will be produced to encourage students to reflect on their learning.

*Extra tutorial groups will be given as extra PiP time if needed/required. Module leader will advise*

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Essay plan with references and search strategy (500 words).
Poster1M30Poster and PowerPoint presentation on chosen topic (circa 10 slides)
Report2M40Scientific report (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise addresses KO1, KO2, KO5, KO6, SO1, SO3, SO5, SO9.
The poster exercise addresses KO1, KO2, KO4, KO5, KO6, SO2, SO4, SO5, SO6, SO9.
The scientific report addresses KO1, KO2, KO3, KO4, KO5, SO1, SO2, SO3, SO5, SO6, SO7, SO8, SO9.

Although there is some repetition in assessment of LOs, this is the nature of the skills module whereby skills learned are applied to many aspects of work.

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