PT0407 - Foundations For Successful Study And Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will help you understand what is required of study in higher education and develop the skills you need to study successfully. You will
• be introduced to academic conduct and assessment regulations
• learn how to identify and retrieve relevant information from the university IT systems and beyond
• understand different approaches to learning and what your own learning preferences are and be introduced to the concept of life-long learning
• be introduced to reflection as a powerful tool for personal and professional development
• learn how to get the most out of module-related information, including tutor feedback, to improve your own work
• develop your academic writing and time management skills
• develop a range of communication skills relevant to an academic and practice setting

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, practical session, seminars, tutorials and independent learning. Lectures will introduce key concepts, and as this module is all about helping you develop into an effective and successful learner in higher education. You will begin the process of developing a portfolio of your learning which will be used throughout the programme as evidence of your academic and professional development.
Feedback on formative and summative assessments will help you develop your academic writing and reasoning style.You will be expected to:
• Attend teaching sessions
• Behave in a professional manner
• Engage and contribute to the learning and development of yourself and others

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Successful academic achievement is supported by a robust system of guidance to help you focus on your learning needs. In addition to
the pastoral support you will receive, the tutors involved in delivering this module will provide guidance and academic counselling to help you engage confidently with the academic rigour of this module. This dialogue will be face to face in lectures, seminars and workshops with tutorial support available, and is an essential aspect of the programme’s assessment for learning strategy. Extensive support is also accessible online as part of the University’s commitment to technology enhanced learning. This employs the use of the e-learning portal (Blackboard including Pebble+) and social networking and collaborative tools.

A central feature the academic support available to you is the service provided by the University Library. This 24/7 service supports your learning and gives you extensive access to electronic texts and tutorials that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and communication skills.

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. Explore models of communication and understand the impact of different communication styles on the therapeutic relationship.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. Demonstrate appropriate academic writing skills, including logical discussion, citation and referencing and the use of appropriate supporting evidence

2. Develop core skills on learning strategies to implement throughout your undergraduate degree and as a qualified health professional, including learning methods, learning styles and peer review / critical friend

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Develop understanding of your own learning and development needs in relation to communication including academic writing.

How will I be assessed?

• Formative assessment:
You will submit a 750 word formative piece of work in which you will discuss a health or health care-related statement.
Summative assessment:
You will submit an electronic portfolio which will evidence your development as a learner in higher education and a future healthcare professional. This will include
• a 750 word discussion of why life-long learning skills are necessary for a career in physiotherapy;
• a 750 word reflective account of your own development as a learner in higher education which should explore the study skills you already have and those that have developed or improved during the semester. This should link to your personal development plan where you can pick up areas that require ongoing development
• a portfolio of evidence around the development of your communication skills and your academic study skills including academic writing and searching for appropriate evidence. Most of this content can be based on activities that are completed in class that can then be uploaded into the portfolio but you can also add any other evidence that you feel relevant.
• a personal development plan which describes goals and action plans for continuing development of your communication and study skills. The plan should relate to your reflective essay and draw on evidence in the portfolio.
• The portfolio relates to all module learning outcomes.

Formative feedback will be given on ‘practice’ written pieces to help you develop your academic writing skills. Each summative task is assessed at different points in the module to allow you to use the written and verbal feedback given in preparation of the next task .





Module abstract

This module will form the basis for your academic study and your development as a life-long learner and health care professional. It will help you transition into higher education in terms of what is expected of you academically at Northumbria University, as well as provide a grounding for your life-long learning. You will develop your academic writing skills including correct citation and referencing, and learn how to find information relevant to your learning needs across modules. You will develop a sense of the merit and level of authority of different sources of information/evidence you may consult both in printed form and on the web, be introduced to how the evidence is created and critique the evidence at foundation level. Importantly, you will also develop professional and successful verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Course info

UCAS Code B160

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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