BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Introduction to Study Skills (incorporating the Field Trip)

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC10751
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit provides a combination of structured weekly input to develop study and research skills and a field trip experience which gives students the opportunity to apply those skills to a particular area of management, leadership and leisure studies. The field trip allows students to consider issues arising from the management of leisure facilities and staff in the countryside, apply appropriate research methods, and communicate results. The trip works alongside external organizations and much of the content is drawn from lectures and demonstrations given by them.

To build students’ confidence in undertaking and managing their studies, the unit develops their ability to work effectively within an online learning environment (BlackBoard) and to access and manage digital library resources. It provides structured support in reading research, in developing an understanding of academic writing (voice, interaction with sources, academic conventions, avoiding plagiarism), and in developing effective approaches to the writing process. At the assignment grading stage in week 8, students who are not yet working at a passing level of 2ii or above are offered further small group or individual tutorials to develop their confidence.




  • develop students’ confidence in undertaking and managing their studies
  • develop an enquiring, critical and organized approach to studies in Management, Leadership and Leisure
  • develop students’ ability to engage with relevant research
  • begin to develop understanding of research design and the construction of research tools
  • develop students’ ability to report their understanding through a range of academic assignment type
  • develop teamwork and interpersonal skills



Learning outcomes


Knowledge and Understanding
  •  display an understanding of theories and ideas in leisure that help us to explain its management in the rural economy
  • show a critical awareness of the significance of place and community distinctiveness in leisure provision
  • have developed an understanding of the role, purpose and importance of academic research in critically engaging with their field of studies
  •  have developed their knowledge and understanding of the academic expectations and conventions of practice within their degree
Intellectual Skills
  • be able to demonstrate a critical approach to researching ideas in their designated field
  • demonstrate an ability to make informed use of a range of resources available for academic study
  • be able to construct an argument drawing on a critical use of researched evidence, field information and personal knowledge
Practical Skills
  • have developed the necessary practical skills to exploit targeted technologies for information handling and presentation
  • have developed the ability to plan, organise and develop personal responses to a range of assignment types
  • to have begun to develop relevant skills to undertake independent research
Transferable Skills & Personal Qualities
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively verbally, non-verbally and in writing
  •  Have developed skills toward becoming an independent and self motivating learner, including the organisation of time, information and study materials
  • have developed the ability to retrieve and critically evaluate information from refereed and online sources

Teaching and learning methods

Face-to-face seminars/ computer sessions; field trip with peer group and experts from organisations in the field; individual and group work; peer review; online content and interactive tasks via the course unit Blackboard space

Assessment methods

Assessment activity comprises formative and summative elements Word Length or Equivalent Weighting within unit
A mini bibliography on a topic relating to the chosen research theme. This bibliography will be produced through the application of information handling skills developed during the course unit. 6 items Formative
A review of refereed research articles to develop confidence in reading research 3 journal articles Formative
A draft of a section of assignment for early formative feedback 750 words Formative
A report on a small scale enquiry related to themes developed during the field trip 2500 words 100


Recommended reading

  This text provides useful support for your studies in this first year.

Bell, J. and Waters, S. 2014. Doing your Research Project 6th Edition. Open University Press

See also the Management Leadership and Leisure Subject Guide pages at

  These texts provide relevant fieldtrip-related reading.

Page, S. & Connell, J. (2010) Leisure: An Introduction, Prentice Hall (e-version available)

Page, S.J. (2014) Tourism Management ( 5th edition) Butterworth-Heinemann (e-version available)

Taylor, P.(2011) Torkildsen’s Sport & Leisure Management (6th edition), Routledge (e-version available)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 34
Independent study hours
Independent study 166

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Diane Slaouti Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Activity Hours Allocated
Staff/student whole group sessions 16
Field trip hours incl. small group activity 14
Small group seminaractivity (tutor-students) 4
Directed reading 60
Independent learning tasks including online activiy 36
Student group work (inlclusing critical reading, peer review 10
Drafy writing cycle including feedback and post assignment self evaluation 20
Preparation for final asignment task and post assignment self evaluation 40
Total 200


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