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Module Title LC Academic Skills A
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Accounting
Module Code 08 37246
Module Lead Julie McDonald
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-15 hours
Tutorial-5 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-20 hours
External Visits-10 hours
Guided independent study-50 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module is designed around personal development which will include building relationships, networking, communicating which will enable students to start writing and thinking critically providing the foundations for their future study.

This module focuses on the personal development, academic and professional skills.

The personal and professional skills element will concentrate on developing tolerance, problem solving, team working and presentation skills.
A part of this module, classes will highlight presentation skills, appropriate communication within a work environment, ethnic, cultural tolerance and to build on skills to support employability and own personal development.

The academic skills element focuses on the use of academic and practitioner literature to underpin study.
Students will be required to identify plagiarism and be aware of its implications. They will learn to use academic referencing systems accurately and they will produce an academic poster.The field trip provides a focus for the team working and tolerance - an important part of the module.

Ethics and critical thinking will be further developed in the second semester building on the foundation work covered in the first semester.

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.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Show awareness of ethics in their academic study.
  • Develop an ongoing personal development plan
Assessment 37246-01 : Reflective Log : Coursework (40%)
37246-02 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (40%)
37246-04 : Group Presentation : Group Assessment - Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment
• Individual essay (1000 words) (40%)
• Reflective piece 1 (10%) – tutorial record 1 as a base for discussion at the 1st learning set 250 words
Reflection on 2 pieces of individual activity (2 x 10%)Updated personal development plan (10%)
• Small group presentation (20%)

2000 word reflective essay (100%)
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