INL0107 : Study Skills and Project

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 15.0


This module is designed to help international students develop the study skills required for an undergraduate degree programme at a UK university. The module will provide students with a task-centred experience of the academic culture of Newcastle University and of UK HE more generally. The practical skills, knowledge and intellectual expectations which combine to form the study toolbox of UK undergraduate students will be the principal focus of the module. Much of the module and its learning aims will be delivered in the context of an independent research project of 2000 words.
This module will also give the opportunity to draw together themes, ideas and skills developed in other academic modules on the programme as well as utilising skills developed in EAP.
The modules specific aims are:

•       To introduce students to the academic culture of UK Higher Education and of Newcastle University
•       To provide students with the intellectual development necessary for entry to UK HE and in particular for entry into Newcastle University
•       To develop key study skills required in UK HE
•       To prepare students for independent study at undergraduate level in a UK HEI through the research, preparation and presentation of a project in the form of an extended essay of 2,000 words in a subject of the student’s choice, but normally related to their degree programme application.

Outline Of Syllabus

Academic culture in UK HE – critical approaches; independent learning
Teaching, learning and assessment in UK HEIs
Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
Taking notes in lectures and from texts
Library and information skills
Academic reading
Team-working skills
Oral presentation skills
IT skills – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail, web
Research skills

Using and interpreting data
The contested nature of knowledge
Examination and revision technique
Time management
Introduction to the requirements of the project
Choosing a topic, constructing an argument; structuring an extended essay
Reading drafts and proof reading

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1222:00222:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching182:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to provide an exposition of the knowledge content of the module and to introduce skills through exposition, videos, examples. Smaller group sessions will be geared to the development of the skills which are the main outcomes of this module by providing a safe environment in which these can be practised and where feedback will be given. In particular seminars will be used for practising such skills as oral presentation, extracting and interpreting data, note taking etc. Tutorials will be based on smaller groups and will give students the opportunity to raise issues which are causing them difficulty.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152A10Project proposal and presentation to seminar group
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Short answer questions to show skills learnt
Report1M25Group written report
Report2M402200 word project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The bundle of assessment activities covers the main features of the skills development required by the module, viz. oral presentation, use of PowerPoint, data analysis and extraction, library and information skills, report writing, group work, use of Word and Excel, academic reading, essay writing, referencing, organisational skills. It does not seem appropriate to be using examination assessment in this area. In addition the skills developed here will be deployed in the other modules.

The main product is the project itself, but 10% of the marks are awarded for an initial presentation of the idea to the student’s seminar group and active participation in these support sessions. This should encourage students to make a decision and get on with work at an early point in the year and also rewards them for being supportive of other students in their group.

Reading Lists