NX9633 - Applying academic and research 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 develop the underpinning skills which support independent study and research, and which thereby support the remainder of your programme. These skills will also benefit you in the workplace and are transferrable in terms of undertaking business related communications and research.

You will develop your academic and intellectual skills, through applying criticality and communication skills, secondary and primary research and the development to new knowledge.

The outline syllabus will be based on the following themes:

• Learning styles and academic literacies – how these influence research and communication approaches
• Research rich learning and teaching
• Managing academic projects – how to plan effectively and appropriately
• Searching for information to support effective study - conducting primary and secondary research
• Academic Writing – in particular the presentation of research, and the development of critical literature reviews
• Professional Writing - in particular the presentation of research and management reports
• Presentation skills – in particular the persuasive presentation of research
• Developing criticality – the critical analysis of both secondary sources and primary data, and of your own independent research
• Citation and referencing skills – how to appropriately acknowledge the sources of the information that you use
• Ethics – the importance of ethics in your own and other’s research and NU Ethics Policy
• Digital Portfolio Building - Building your Portfolio of Practice using Pebble Plus

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through workshops, tutor guidance and 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 academic communication and research processes (ML01)

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

Your ability generate and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to conduct effective research (ML03)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
Your application of ethical considerations of research (ML04)

Mapping to CMDA Outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding:
10.1.1 Evaluate theories of learning styles and apply to self and others.
12.1.2 Analyse complex data and draw sensible conclusions.

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
10.3.1 Analyse own performance, identifying learning and development needs

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 will contribute to your personal learning report.
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 later assessed learning journal
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 communicate your ideas effectively 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 6. It applies your skills towards effective academic communication, developing appropriate independent research projects, as well as evaluating your own and others research in order to develop persuasive and effective arguments.

You will develop your critical academic voice, assess a range of primary and secondary information sources, using these to construct effective academic arguments, as well as apply ethical considerations to your own projects and those of others.

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 January 2022 or September 2022 or January 2023

Fee Information

Module Information

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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