BAEcon Economics and Sociology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester 2

Unit code SOCS10902
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


SESSION 1 - Aims, learning outcomes and motivation
SESSION 2 – Plagiarism
SESSION 3 – Using the library
SESSION 4 – Information management
SESSION 5 – The social science essay
SESSION 6 – Critical thinking
SESSION 7 – Exam technique and revision
SESSION 8 – Transferable skills
SESSION 9 – Presentations and group work
SESSSION 10 – Reflecting on learning


Students must be registered on BA (Economic and Social Studies) to enrol onto SOCS 10902.


1. To develop students' self-confidence in a reange of learning processes

2. To encourage reflection on how students might improve their study skills and habits

3. To facilitate mutual help, team-work and the sharing of successful study techniques

4. To enable students to develop a range of academic and transferable skills, including communicating ideas and argument in written form, giving presentations, team-work and research

5. To enable students to manage their learning by developing discipline, planning and time management.

Learning outcomes

Effective learning is developed through group work which builds on the experiences of students as much as on the expertise of staff. Different ideas about successful study methods are shared. Group tasks and individual take-away exercises focus on the study research and presentational skills which add to an awareness and understanding of the purpose and powers of learning.

Teaching and learning methods

Classes will be given in a workshop format, with exercises and group work. There are no formal lectures. Some classes will be student-led, and others given by central or other services. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own learning patterns and habits as much as possible, and to adopt and reject ideas for methods on the basis of whether they work.

Assessment methods

Final mark weighting:
Group presentation = 40%
Portfolio = 30%
Essay = 30%

Recommended reading


Andrew Northedge
"The Good Study Guide" (1990), Open University

Thomas Dixon
"How to Get a First" (2004), Routledge

John Pede and Martin Coyle
"Write it Right" (2005) Palgrave

Peter Redman
"Good Essay Writing" (2006) Open University/Saye

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 80

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Paul Smith Unit coordinator

Additional notes



Length of course: 10 weeks of instruction

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:

1. Manage their tiime more successfully

2. Avoid plagiarism and demonstrate that they are conversant with techniques for avoiding plagiarism (summary, paraphrasing, etc.)

3. Plan a social science essay

4. Write a report

5. Demonstrate constructive habits in reading and note taking

6. Show a better approach to examinations

7. Work more productively in groups

8. Give successful oral presentations

9. Undertake an effective search for information/data

Thursday 10-12 (rooms to be confirmed)

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