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Breaking Boundaries of Knowledge


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor: Professor Joanne Leal
  • Assessment: a 1500-word essay (50%), and a group poster and presentation (25%) and critical reflection (25%)

Module description

For this module you will be able to join a group whose members will work together to develop knowledge and skills in relation to two topics broadly in your area of study. In each of the two terms you will focus on a topic in relation to a different kind of assignment. In term one this will be the essay and in term two a group poster and presentation. You will participate in workshops which take you through each step required to complete these assignments, from choosing your topic to polishing the final piece of work. In the workshops you will have a chance to learn and practise key skills, to work on your own or your group’s assignment, to share knowledge and experience with your fellow students and receive support, guidance and feedback on each stage of your work as it progresses. You will also learn how to use the feedback you receive to improve your work. At the end of module you and your fellow students will have the chance to put on a conference to showcase what you have achieved.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • understand and be able to reflect on knowledge acquired on a topic broadly relevant to your area of study
  • have independent learning skills, particularly in relation to accessing further information about topics of interest and developing your knowledge of, and thinking about, these
  • have a series of skills needed for the successful completion of essays and posters/presentations
  • have effective group-working skills
  • understand how to use assignment feedback to improve your work
  • have worked within learning communities, accessing support for your own learning and supporting others.