FB0SSK-Key Skills for Science Research

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

Email: e.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Through this module students will be given the opportunity to develop the key skills that are essential for successfully studying in higher education. 


The module aims to help students develop their study skills in order to be successful on the Science Foundation Programme and as undergraduates.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • produce written work which is well-organised, relevant and makes use of appropriate terminology and academic style

  • demonstrate good academic writing skills

  • prepare and deliver an oral presentation

  • work as a member of a team by cooperating with others, negotiating, listening to others in the group, sharing responsibilities/tasks and meeting deadlines

  • interpret and analyse a range of information beyond mere description.

Additional outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that students should be able to:

  • use a variety of resources for the purpose of independent study

  • use their time effectively, meet deadlines, reflect on their progress and set targets

  • demonstrate good interpersonal communication, problem solving and time management skills.

Outline content:

A lecture course dealing with key study skills including writing academically, team working, presenting, , data interpretation, personal reflection, critical thinking, researching, referencing, , time management, reading and making notes, note taking in lectures, assessment and feedback. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught via lectures and interactive workshops. Where appropriate flipped lecturing will be used alongside available resources to give students time to assimilate knowledge and practice key skills. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10 10
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 30
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Module assessed by coursework only.

Formative assessment methods:

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:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 12 December 2018


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