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Study Techniques


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Alastair Ball
  • Assessment: coursework (100%)

Module description

This module is designed to enhance your study skills and improve your learning experience throughout your degree programme. There is a strong online component to the module which has been chosen both to reduce your on-site time and to allow you to self-pace.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction and life at university
  • Research, literature search and plagiarism
  • Introduction to data
  • Data analysis
  • Communication in writing and presentations

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, you will:

  • understand how the degree classification is calculated, know the most important university rules and where to find more information
  • be aware of sources of help with academic and non-academic problems, and procedures such as mitigating circumstances and break in studies.
  • have learned strategies for learning such as time-management, finding a good environment for study, note-taking, review, exam strategy and the management of anxiety
  • understand how to approach a literature review, how to find information and how to assess the credibility of sources
  • know how to correctly refer to information from academic and other sources, and the academic consequences of plagiarism and collusion
  • understand how to assess the quality of data from surveys, and how this can affect the conclusions that researchers reach
  • be aware of the most important sources of socio-economic data
  • know how to present data in graphs and tables clearly, and how to spot dishonest practice in the presentation of data
  • have practical knowledge of how to structure an academic report or presentation, and how to stick to an appropriate style.