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Fundamentals of Study


  • 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

In this Foundation Year module we will guide you through the fundamental requirements of university-level study so that you are equipped with the practical knowledge and skills to succeed in your studies. These include:

  • effective reading and writing
  • seminar participation techniques
  • managing your studies effectively
  • IT skills for effective learning
  • benefiting from online elements of blended learning modules
  • academic English and how to access support
  • completing assessments, including essays, timed assessments and online quizzes.

You will also be given guidance on accessing information and support for: IT, the library, health, well-being and resilience, and career development.

Learning objectives

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

  • understand and reflect on a topic of relevance to your area of study
  • engage effectively with different learning formats (e.g. lecture, seminar, workshop)
  • reflect on university-level study, its requirements and the skills you need to succeed at it
  • practise and develop skills such as pre-class preparation, note-taking, information-gathering, critical analysis
  • 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.