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ACE2066 : Academic and Professional Skills 2 (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Lecturer: Dr Menelaos Gkartzios, Mr Karl Christensen, Dr Daniel Henderson, Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
  • Other Staff: Miss Helen Atkinson, 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


Students will develop a range of academic and professional skills (building on those learned in Stage 1). The module will help to prepare students for their research projects, and will encourage refection on how these skills can be applied throughout their university career and beyond

Outline Of Syllabus

Induction week: module launch with careers session and paper/dissertation critique session

Understanding research science: differences and importance of natural and social science.
Research ethics
Differences and importance of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
Qualitative methods and data analysis - Participant observation, interviews, focus groups

Presenting data Using Excel to manipulate data: sorting, pivot tables, concatenating, look-up tables; looking at graphs/drawing graphs

Quantitative research: sampling and experimental design
Summary statistics, comparing categorical data, T tests ANOVA, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Chi-squared
Links between continuous data: univariate regression, correlation, interaction
Multivariate regression and ordination: PCA, RA, Factor analysis

Project planning and management

Advanced research and writing skills
Advanced literature search, writing skills, Endnote, critical review/impact assessment of papers

Career planning, graduate skills reflection and development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Assessment of qualitative methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Development of research proposal
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Writing up of statistical analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading146:0046:00Background reading to develop understanding and research topics of interest
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Tutorials: in tutor groups with tutors
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops18:008:00Career activities and student CV preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops16:006:00Induction week: careers session and dissertation critique
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Drop in surgery for research proposals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study102:0020:00Reviewing lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

KO1: will be taught in the lectures with reinforcement of learning during practicals and their first tutorial
KO2: will be achieved by creating a CV, receiving feedback and attending careers talks as available
SO1: will be achieved as students plan their projects following tutorials, lectures and practicals
SO2: will be taught in lectures with consolidation of learning during practicals and via the 3rd and 4th assessments.
SO3: students will build on skills learned in stage 2, they will receive guidance in lectures from staff from the library and WDC, and practise the skills in their project proposal assessment
SO4: students will practise critiquing research in the induction week session, as part of the lectures on qualitative research, during their second assessment and during the second tutorial.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Identification of qualitative methods and discussion of their use in set papers (750 words)
Report2M30Short statistical analysis and associated report (750 words)
Research proposal2M40Project proposal: plan and search strategy (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report 1 addresses part of SO2 and SO4
Report 2 addresses part of SO2 and KO1
Research proposal 1 addresses part of KO1 and SO1 and SO3

Reading Lists