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BUS1016 : Academic and Professional Skill Development

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Sarah Carnegie
  • Demonstrator: Dr Judith Watson, Mrs Angela Mazzetti
  • Lecturer: Dr Tracy Scurry
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to;
1.       support your transition into higher education and encourage you to become adaptable, curious and independent thinker, with the ability to evaluate empirical evidence as part of our research led academic community;
2.       work alongside colleagues in your learning and employability journey to your future career and enterprise goals;
3.       develop your awareness of relevant labour market and gain an understanding of the concept of career capital and its potential impact on your employability.

Outline Of Syllabus

There are 4 main elements to the syllabus;

1.Independent learning
Introduction to the theories and practices related to critical thinking, informed decision making and reflective practice.

2.Academic skills
Introduction to what constitutes good practice related to academic research and writing.

3.Graduate employability
Introduction to the concept of graduate employability, the graduate labour market and the skills related to career management.

4. Digital Skills
Introduction to a range of online learning resources to support development of digital skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1155:00155:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00To be delivered as PiP
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00To be delivered as PiP
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation91:009:00N/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 Examination301M15Academic Practice
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M85Consisting of 2 elements (2500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MRelated to semester 2 assessment
PC Examination1MRelated to the academic practice examination
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 researching and citing sources.

The formative written exercise semester 1 is included to provide an opportunity for students to understand the requirements of academic research and writing which will support their semester 2 assignment and 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.

Reading Lists