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Personal and Academic Skills for Success


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Chunjia Han
  • Tutors: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 2000-word individual report/essay (100%)

Module description

This module will help you understand the nature of studying at undergraduate level, achieve the appropriate levels of academic writing and numeracy for first-year modules, recognise and develop transferable skills for enhancing graduate employability, and start developing good practice in study, as well as continuing professional development.

Indicative module syllabus

Essay writing, including:

  • critical thinking and argumentation
  • constructing arguments; research skills; Birkbeck resources for effective studying; basic research skills (i.e. reading and literature research)
  • interpreting an essay question; developing an essay plan; researching the topic; academic writing conventions
  • Harvard referencing and plagiarism; using research materials to develop an argument.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • understand the nature of and processes involved in studying at undergraduate level
  • develop good practice in academic study and understand the role and importance of digital literacy in the learning process
  • develop the ability to build arguments and defend them persuasively in both written and oral forms
  • introduce a range of critical thinking skills that will enable you to critically appraise and challenge existing ideas and theories
  • develop effective communication and interpersonal skills, including understanding how to work in small teams.