KB4029 - Academic and Professional Skills

What will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn and develop the key intellectual and professional skills and personal attributes required for effective study and future graduate employment. Teaching, learning, and assessment activities are tailored towards your degree programme, linking to substantive core modules; thus, providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module aims to consolidate the process of induction onto your degree programme; thus, supporting your transition from further to higher education. As part of this shift in academic culture, you will be encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your learning and through the development of reflective practice, develop ways of monitoring your academic performance and progress

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through lectures, seminars, and practical sessions. You will also have access to a range of digital learning resources, including an electronic reading list made available to you via the VLE. The lectures will set the scene for the module content, assessment, and integration with your wider study programme. Seminars and practical sessions will explore key aspects of the process of transition from further to higher education, including academic and professional expectations, ideas around criticality and factors influencing your levels of engagement and motivation. During seminars or practical sessions, you may interact with a small group of your peers from your degree programme and the academic staff member. Discussions will focus on student-centred activities relating to the above topics and associated assessment tasks, including formative feedback and how best to feed this forward into future assessments in this and other modules.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As part of the induction process in the Department, you will be assigned to a guidance/year tutor who will offer academic and pastoral support. Your guidance/year tutor will usually teach primarily within your subject area and so will be familiar with the issues and challenges that you may face. In addition to your guidance/year tutor, the academic staff member facilitating sessions will lead group sessions, guiding you through the subject content, overseeing the assessment and feedback process, and monitoring and supporting your performance and progress. They will also support your transition from a largely teacher-centred, passive approach to learning in a further education context, to a more active and reflective student-centred approach to learning in a higher education context. They will also reinforce your need to develop your skills with a view to your future professional career after graduation. Learning materials will be supported by online resources available via the VLE, including an interactive reading list, and aligned with your teaching and learning programme. You will also have access to University-wide resources available via the University website’s ‘study’ link and the ‘Skills +’ section of the University Library link.

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 MLO 1: Discuss and apply key academic and professional skills relevant to your subject discipline to address and effectively communicate complex issues, problems, and solutions to a diverse audience. Intellectual / Professional skills & Abilities MLO 2: Develop and apply a range of skills and practices that enable you to cope effectively with the demands of academic study at HE level and future professional practice. MLO 3: Communicate effectively to diverse audiences using a range of formats and media, recognising the need to justify your own opinions and to challenge your own thinking and the thinking of others. Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA) MLO 4: Develop and apply principles of reflective practice to monitor your academic performance and progress and use these in relation to personal development planning, self-improvement and in support of your future employability and long-term career prospects. MLO 5: Value curiosity, collaboration and analysis as keystones in the creation of new knowledge and practice and establish good working relationships with staff and fellow students.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be used to allow you to build confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Additional formative feedback shall be delivered to you verbally by academic staff during formally-scheduled teaching and individual or group activity-based sessions to help you learn and prepare you for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by one piece of coursework that will assess your ability to satisfy all the module learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to submit your coursework digitally and will receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

In this module, you will develop key intellectual and discipline-specific professional skills and the personal attributes required for effective study and graduate employment. You will largely achieve these qualities through engagement in a scheduled teaching programme and academic staff-directed independent study. The academic staff member will guide you through the subject content, overseeing the assessment and feedback processes, and monitoring and supporting your performance and progress. Teaching and learning activities are tailored towards your degree programme, linking to substantive core modules; thus, providing an appropriate subject context for your studies. The module will be delivered through lectures and seminars. You will also have access to a range of digital learning resources, including an electronic reading list made available to you from the virtual learning environment (VLE).

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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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