BSc/MEarthSci Earth and Planetary Sciences with an Integrated Foundation Year
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||University Language Centre|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
A course introducing conventional academic style and rhetorical patterns, and encouraging a critical approach to reading and writing. The course will promote both autonomy and collaboration in learning and prepare you for the academic requirements of study at tertiary level.
The aim is to introduce conventional academic style and rhetorical patterns and encourage a critical approach to reading and writing. It will help to promote both autonomy and collaboration in learning and prepare a student for the academic requirements of study at tertiary level.
Teaching and learning methods
5 Lectures, 11 tutorials and 7 optional extra English workshops
Knowledge and understanding
- Employ strategies for critical reading of academic texts
- Produce accurate and clear written English
- Employ appropriate academic conventions in writing
- Prepare and deliver an academic oral presentation
Analyse text structures and use appropriate organisational structures in written work
- Critically analyse text
Present ideas and facts clearly and logically
- Search for academic information using a variety of sources
- Employ effective presentation skills using various media
- Produce written work in an on-line environment
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Work responsibly as a member of a team Speak effectively in a variety of contexts
Show dependability and time-management skills
- Analytical skills
- Students have to search for and critically analyse texts from a wide variety of sources.
- Group/team working
- Students work in groups within their chosen discipline area. Wherever possible students are placed in groups which are international in order to help prepare them for the global workplace.
- In group project work, students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
- Oral communication
- Students make both individual and group presentations using power-point during the course of the Academic Skills units. One of the presentations is filmed to give students the opportunity to reflect on their skills.
- Problem solving
- In Project work students have to negotiate and resolve issues that can arise.
- Students have to do their own independent research throughout the Academic Skills Unit.
- Written communication
- Students have to write in a formal academic style using the relevant conventions in the Academic Skills Unit. They also learn to be open about their own work through peer review.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||40%|
|Practical skills assessment||15%|
2 written assignments, 2 oral presentations, online journals
- Students are given oral and written feedback on individual presentations, and on group presentations
- Students receive written feedback in Blackboard on Writing Assignment 'Sources'
- Students receive peer feedback and tutor in-text feedback with comments on Blackboard pages for Writing Assignment 2 'Critical Analysis'
- Students receive written feedback on the group journals
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||7|
|Independent study hours|
|Simon Raw||Unit coordinator|
10% of unit grade: Deadline week 3 or 4
Written Assignment 1 ‘Sources’
15% of unit grade: Deadline week 4
Writing Assignment 2 (first draft): referencing
10% of unit grade: Deadline week 6
Writing Assignment 3: Peer Review
10% of unit grade: Deadline week 8
Writing Assignment 2 (final draft)
20% of unit grade: Deadline week 10
20% of unit grade: Deadline week 11 or 12
Contributions to Project journals
15% of unit grade: 5 x 3% contributions weeks 7-11.