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Fundamentals of Study: Learning through the Global City


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor: Professor Joanne Leal
  • Assessment: three short-answer questions (10%), one article review and short-answer question (45%) and two reflective pieces (45%)

Module description

This module is one of four taken by students on our Foundation Year programmes. It will help you understand the fundamental requirements of university-level study and equip you with the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in your studies. These include skills such as effective reading, writing and seminar-participation techniques. It will also help you understand what IT skills you will need to acquire and/or develop for effective learning and provide you with strategies to make the most of the online elements of blended learning modules. You will be introduced to skills to manage your studies effectively and to access the knowledge, information and support you might need during your studies in areas such as IT, library, study support, health, well-being and resilience and career development. The module will make you aware of important dimensions of academic English and how to access support to develop your skills in this area. Finally, you will be made aware of, and provided with, basic strategies to engage with different assessment types, including the essay and the timed assessment, as well as online quizzes.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand and reflect on knowledge of a topic of relevance to your area of study
  • engage effectively with different kinds of learning format (eg lecture, seminar, workshop)
  • reflect on the nature of university-level study, its requirements and the skills you will need to succeed at it
  • practise these skills (eg pre-class preparation, note-taking, information gathering, critical analysis)
  • understand how to access further support for developing these skills throughout your studies
  • understand a number of principles of how to use English effectively in an academic context
  • understand and engage with a range of digital literacies and blended-learning practices
  • reflect on how to maintain your own health, well-being and resilience during your studies
  • tackle a range of assessment types and learn from the feedback provided on them.