DA4065 - Understanding academic skills for work-based learning

What will I learn on this module?

Entering higher education requires specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to communicate effectively your ideas within the academic community. This module aims to support this development at a level appropriate for where you join your programme of study.

You will explore the underpinning skills, which support academic study and which thereby, support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of creating effective business reports and delivering verbal and written presentations.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through learning about your own preferred approach to learning, the conventions of academic writing and wider communication skills, how to source appropriate information to support your studies through ethical primary and secondary research, and the development of critical reading and writing.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• NU approach to Research Rich Learning and Teaching
• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence learning
• Managing study – appropriate management of yourself, and your projects and tasks
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Effective reading and note-taking skills
• Academic Writing – how to write effective academic assignments, in a range of different genres
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Developing criticality – the use of criticality to support the development of an independent voice
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in study and research
• Introduction to business research skills and methods
• Digital Portfolio Building - Pebble Plus

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through workshops, tutor guidance, feedback, and independent directed and self-directed learning. Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge from the module to your practice in the workplace. The workshops will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice. The workplace provides an opportunity for you to put your own knowledge and skills into practice and review your learning with your manager/mentor and your guidance tutor.

Your learning is supported by a Teaching and Learning Plan, offering guidance on reading to prepare for workshops and help with the completion of the assessment. Within this plan there are also suggested learning activities, which guide you in your independent learning. These activities allow you to reflect and evaluate your knowledge and skills and in this area.

You will also be given work-based assignments and projects, which will support your learning by providing an experientially based opportunity to apply your learning and evaluate your own practice in this area.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning plan will provide a number of prompts and guidance to support you academically. Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from workshop tutors, guidance tutors and peers.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University.

In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal 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:
Your knowledge of effective techniques to support study, and appropriate academic communication (ML01)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
Your application of research, of communication and presentation approaches. (ML02)

Your ability to interpret qualitative and quantitative data to support the your studies (ML03)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Your understanding of the ethical applications of research (ML04)

Mapping to CMDA Outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding:
2.1.1 Analyse the key stages of a project and demonstrate the application of these
6.1.1 Evaluate different types of communication and the application of these analyse their strengths and weaknesses in different contexts
11.1.2 Review own time management skills, and create and implement strategies to improve.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1.5.1 Construct a range of detailed management reports, and analyse and interpret these.
6.4.1 Show effective and appropriate use of all forms of communication
10.3 Reflect on own performance, identifying and acting on learning and development needs.
11.2.1 Demonstrate use of time management techniques and tools
11.2.2 Effectively manage own workload to achieve objectives

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
12.3.3 Use ethical approaches in problem solving and decision-making.

How will I be assessed?

This module has no summative assessment, but instead will be formatively assessed through the Professional Practice Portfolio.
You will be expected to engage with quarterly reviews of your development of these academic skills with your line manager and academic coach. Evidence of this engagement should be included in your Professional Practice Portfolio.
This will address ML01-ML04.





Module abstract

This module will support your transition into higher education by developing your specific skills and attributes to both manage your studies, and to effectively communicate your ideas within the academic community, and giving you an insight on how these skills contribute to your professional development. The module supports you to draw on your own experiences at work allowing you to reflect and evaluate your own effectiveness in this area. This module aims to provide you with the skills to effectively manage your studies at level 4. It introduces the core skills of academic communication, personal effectiveness in study, and the development of independent and critical thinking, and an appreciation of our research rich approach to learning and teaching.
You will explore managing study, searching for information, effective reading and note-taking, academic writing across the range of different formats used in study, as well key skill such as citation and referencing, critical thinking and reading. Furthermore you will be introduced to business research and methods and the role ethics plays in research and the broader academic community.

Course info

Credits 0

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Part Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or January 2025

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