LW3003 - Academic Practice for Law

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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 law. 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 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 legal world whilst building important academic skills and practices. In particular you will develop the following skills:

• Reading and understanding academic texts and legal source materials
• Time management
• Research skills
• Essay writing
• Discussion & presentation skills
• Examination techniques

You will be assessed in two ways: firstly, through the submission of coursework; and secondly, through a presentation of issues arising from the coursework. You will be awarded either a pass or a fail mark for each component, and for the module overall. You will need to pass both components to pass the module.

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 your studies. The lectures are 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 issues 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 module’s 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 via the e-learning portal. 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:
• 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, through an assessed presentation in class (LO3)

Secondly, by way of a piece of coursework in which you need to demonstrate that you developed the appropriate skills and academic practice to meet the learning outcomes of the module (LO1, LO2)

Both components will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and both components need to be passed in order to pass the module overall.

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 presentational skills. You will work individually and collectively as part of your group 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.

What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop academic skills, knowledge and understanding to support your future study of law. 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 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 legal world whilst building important academic skills and practices. In particular you will develop the following skills:

• Reading and understanding academic texts and legal source materials
• Time management
• Research skills
• Essay writing
• Discussion & presentation skills
• Examination techniques


You will be assessed through completion of an annotated bibliography. You will be given a broad legal topic in which to analyse, and you will be asked to locate a range of sources. You will need to correctly reference each source, and give your personal summary and evaluation of each source you find. Your bibliography can be a maximum of 2000 words in length. Your bibliography will be assessed by asking whether you have demonstrated sufficient academic practice skills on a pass / fail basis. You will be given a number of opportunities to practice this task, and receive feedback from tutors, before you submit your assignment. You will also receive feedback (from your peers and from your tutors) on other key academic skills, such as your academic writing, research, and giving presentations.

Course info

UCAS Code M757

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study Foundation year followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time study

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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