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Module Title LC Critical Thinking B
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 08 33959
Module Lead Rob Fleming
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites LC Business Communication Skills A - (08 33949) LC Academic Skills B - (08 33954)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Tutorial-5 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-10 hours
Guided independent study-75 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The professional skills element will concentrate on developing group working and presentation skills. The module mixes class based teaching with practical activities. Presentation classes will highlight the presentation skills that will help to improve employability. The module will develop discussion around ethics and critical thinking in the second semester, which will build on the foundation work covered in the first term. The aim of the module will be to prepare students for essay writing and thinking critically throughout the remainder of their degree.

This module will be run in synergy with the personal tutorial system and activities. The module delivery includes a mix of learning activities within which students will be interacting with their peers, their personal tutors, other academic staff, Ph.D. students, Alumni, the Career Network and the Academic Skills Centre. The content of focuses more particularly on:
  • Research skills such as how to conduct research using secondary data and documents and how to carry out a case study analysis, etc;
  • Personal skills such becoming a responsible individual within organisation looking at resilience, diversity and volunteering.
Professional skills such as career development, developing IT skills, CV writing, reflectivity in practice, networking and personal branding.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate engagement with own personal, academic and professional development activities;
  • Show awareness of ethics in their academic study;
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and deliver logical arguments;
  • Define critical thinking and practice critique of the academic work of others and selves;
  • Apply reflective practice to personal and professional development;
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1200 word essay (60%);
Small group presentation and poster (20%);
Reflective piece 2 (20%) – reflection on their essay writing as a base for discussion at the 2nd learning set (supported by step grading) – 250 words.

2000 word essay (100%)
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