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Personal and Academic Skills for Success


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

Module description

This module will help you to:

  • 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
  • start developing good practice in study, as well as continuing professional development.

Indicative 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.