AD3037 - Skills for University 1

What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will build, and evidence the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed through your Foundation Year. These will include short demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, independent learning. Assessment foregrounds oral presentation and teamwork. You will develop skills throughout the semester, drawing evidence from workshops, lectures and seminars from this first semester module.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on the module through a stimulating range of lectures, seminars and workshops. Your learning will build your core academic skills through formative exploration individually and in groups to support you as a student in Fine Art, Drama and Animation. Sessions will be delivered by the module team to ensure you benefit from their particular expertise across a range of disciplines. You will develop academic and professional skills, evidenced from a range of the work you undertake across your Foundation Year.

By attending the lectures and seminars and undertaking the assignments, you will be able to achieve the module learning outcomes. You will develop foundational knowledge in research skills, time management, IT skills, critical thinking and evaluation as well as academic communication skills, particularly formal oral communication.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutors, you will undertake the directed learning of the preparatory activities as well as independent learning. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and research, the consolidation of session materials and the completion of the assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria. Lecture learning materials are made available on the e-learning portal. The module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and by email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module. In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

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:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1 Ability to collect and evaluate evidence
of personal achievement and

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2 Basic academic skills of written prose and citation. Oral presentation and independent research are assessed as primary elements of the assessment with citation and written text subsidiary and supporting the presentation.
3 Transferable employability skills.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4 Demonstrate the capacity for sustained independent work.

How will I be assessed?

Each semester you will meet with the module tutor to review the progress of your assignment tasks, and discuss further development. This will include individual feedback on how to improve your work and satisfy the assessment criteria. (MLO 1-4)
You will produce:
Reflective writing and Review of Artwork (MLO 1 and 3) formative.


You will produce:

Group presentation including evidence of research material (MLO 2, 3 and 4) summative

These formative and summative assessments will allow you to demonstrate the core basic academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have acquired in the first university semester. This will include skills of writing in different styles appropriate to university setting, such as critical and reflective writing, introduction to academic citation and referencing (MLO2); independent research, oral presentation individually and in groups, and teamwork. Your presentation may be delivered as a live or online activity. (MLO 3)




Art and the City AD3018
The Body AD3017

Module abstract

This semester 1 module enables you to start to build a broad range of academic, research and transferable employability skills. These include academic writing and research, presentation, and teamwork. The module is designed to compliment the arts practices in your other modules, and will draw on activities in lectures, seminars and specific workshops about building skills to thrive and succeed at university. Specialist arts staff will guide your knowledge and understanding of the requirements of being a university student. Learning technologies will support your studies and you will be guided to use the university library resources. You will develop your academic and research l skills through the module activities and assignment tasks, complementing the range of the work you undertake across your Foundation Year.

Course info

UCAS Code W150

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of 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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