NX9303 - Academic Practice for Business

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop academic skills, knowledge and understandings to support your future study of business. You will build an awareness of the importance of examining knowledge and beliefs critically; and to develop the ability to recognise, analyse and evaluate your own and others’ beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts. In doing so you will learn about the different types of sources and resources which are integral to the Higher Education Study. You will begin to engage in generating your own views, arguments and develop the skills, which you will need in order to express these views clearly across a range of media. This is an innovative module where you will from the start engage with challenging aspects of the business/legal world whilst building important academic skills and practices. In particular you will develop the following skills:

• Reading and understanding academic texts
• Time Management
• Research skills
• Essay writing
• Discussion & presentation skills
• Examination techniques

You will be assessed in two ways: Firstly, through the submission of a portfolio of work, which will take one issue and you will have to discuss/explain/present it in a variety of ways. Secondly, through the presentation of one of the items in your portfolio.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn via a combination of large group sessions (lectures), small group sessions (seminar) and independent/tutor guided independent learning. The module has a one-hour weekly lecture where we will consider the different skills, practices and methods of learning which are relevant to in your studies which is designed to give context to the ideas you will discuss in the workshops. There will be a two hour seminar per week which will be facilitated by group tasks, team working, communication and interpersonal skills and will allow you to reflect on your learning. The seminars will draw heavily on discussions of case studies and consideration of different and wider perspectives on issue which are designed to open your mind to the perspective of others and allow you to take these into account when making decisions.

Use of the modules e-learning portal will be essential as this will support the work you will be undertaking in the lectures and seminars, it will also contain additional exercises that will allow you to undertake further practice independently.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The academics in the teaching team taking both the lectures and seminar sessions will provide input and support to you. Lectures are recorded on this module and made available to you through a variety of means which you can download to use offline. This allows you to access and digest the lecture materials post-lecture at your own pace, and review and revise the lecture material on a variety of platforms and devices. The seminars provide you with weekly opportunities for direct and interactive formative feedback on progress and understanding.

This module is supported with a site on the e-Learning Portal (Blackboard). This site stores for you the lecture materials, the lecture recordings and supplementary seminar materials. The site is also the launch pad for you to access a variety of e-Learning resources including videos, documentaries and radio broadcasts using the “Box of Broadcasts” Library service. The modules Online Reading List can be reached through the e-Learning Portal. This list provides you with a single comprehensive list of links from which to access all of the modules eBooks, news resources and directed learning academic articles.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the module you should:

• Understand the different range of skills required for academic study (LO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• You will be able to display developing reflection skills through the group work (LO2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• You will display through a portfolio of evidence a developing a curiosity in the learning of business subjects (LO3)

How will I be assessed?

Formative feedback
On an on-going basis tutors will give you feedback on exercises you complete and track your progress through the workbook that accompanies the module.

Summative assessment
The module will be assessed in two ways
Firstly 40% will be an early hurdle assignment, submitted half way through the semester. The next 60% through you developing a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your development of Academic Practice and Skills. (LO1, LO2, LO3)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the skills and practices, which you are going to need when you progress on your studies. In using a Thematic approach you will examine sources of information, how and where to locate them and begin to think critically about their worth, weight and accuracy. These are important understandings, which will support your development of formal academic writing, Time management, research, discussion and presentation skills. You will work individually and collectively as part of your firm and this will also help you to recognise the different ways in which learning can occur, through interaction with colleagues and other groups. You will also be able to draw on your experiences within this module to support your skills development and understandings in other modules.

Course info

UCAS Code N755

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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