EN0SFS-Study for Success

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Lucinda Becker

Email: l.m.becker@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will provide students with the much of the knowledge and experience, and many of the study skills needed to succeed in a BA Programme. Taught through a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, independent group activities and seminars, it will provide students with the experience and knowledge to carry out research and produce assignments at undergraduate level.


To immerse students in undergraduate study through a series of learning activities, so as to prepare them for an undergraduate programme at Part 1.

Intended learning outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will be:

  • Able to carry out research at undergraduate level.

  • Able to analyse material and articulate their ideas, in writing and orally.

  • Able to plan their written and oral output effectively.

  • Able to manage their study time productively.

  • Confident in the use of the university’s VLE and other learning technologies.

  • Familiar with groupwork and independent study techniques at university.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • The ability to produce an effective learning journal.

  • Familiarity with screencapture technology.

  • Presentation skills.

  • The ability to plan an assignment and reference it correctly.

Additional outcomes:

  • Planning forward for a BA programme at Part 1.

  • Academic decision making around study options.

  • Awareness of acceptable academic conduct.

  • A profile of study strengths and areas for continued improvement.

Outline content:

Study skills in HE, including technology enhanced learning practices.

Global context:

This module is especially suitable for students who have been studying outside the UK and need to become familiar with the methods of teaching and learning in UK HE institutions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will take students through a week by week programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and guided independent study tasks, over three terms.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 10 1
Seminars 2 7
Tutorials 11 11 4
Project Supervision 4 4
Practicals classes and workshops 27 14
Guided independent study 136 137 24
Total hours by term 188.00 179.00 33.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Practical skills assessment 15
Set exercise 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Set exercise: essay plan and bibliography, no more than 1,000 words. Week 7 of Autumn Term.

Practical skills exercise group screencast. Delivered and assessed in Week 11 of Autumn Term.

Presentation (group or individual). Delivered and assessed in Week 11 of Spring Term.

Learning journal: Submitted in Week 2 of the Summer Term.

Formative assessment methods:

Workshop activities will produce formative work that will be discussed in groups and also be the subject of feedback from the module convenor.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 September 2018


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