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BUS1016 : Academic and Professional Skill Development

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Sarah Carnegie
  • Demonstrator: Mrs Jo Clark, 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 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion174:0074:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00N/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
Portfolio2M90Consisting of 3 elements (3500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative essay for BUS1015
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 formative essay in semester 1 for BUS1015 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.

Reading Lists