Type of module:


Summary module description:

This module will introduce students to Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) and the BA Applied Management. Recognising that students will come from a range of backgrounds and may be engaging with higher education for the first time or returning after a gap, the module will start the process of developing academic literacy and preparing students for effective study.



The module begins the process of helping students understand the purpose and nature of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships and its requirements for education, personal development and student output.


The module aims to prepare students to:


  1. Engage with the requirements for achieving Chartered Manager status in the context of the degree.

  2. Set expectations on their engagement with the programme and good study practice.

  3. Reflect on own their needs in terms of developing efficient learning practices.

  4. Commence the process of planning their learning.

  5. To install a sense of community within the cohort.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student will be able:

  1. To examine how the course structure and philosophy together with their own situation and needs may dictate their approach to and engagement with the programme.

  2. To identify areas where they need to improve academic literacy or study skills.

  3. To interpret the requirements of the overall apprenticeship assessment into a personal action plan.

  4. To identity personal obje ctives and success factors for the course.

Additional outcomes:

Students should commence the process whereby they will:

  1. Develop team build skills.

  2. Develop skills of critical writing and reading.

  3. Develop a reflective mindset.

Outline content:

Students will:

  • Explore the philosophy, principles, structure and methods for the programme.

  • Be introduced to sources of support included those relating to academic literacy and study skills.

  • Be introduced to the processes and regulations for the programme.

  • Explore how success on the programme can be achieved.

  • Consider time management challenges.

  • Engage in team building skills.

  • Get to know their apprenticeship tutor.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be set a range of activities to prepare for a workshop. During which they will introduced to Canvas online learning environment. This will be used to extend the session using discussion boards and other activities. Students will need to engage with these to complete the formative assessments.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 14
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 21
Total hours by term 35 0 0
Total hours for module 35

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres 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 (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:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 25 May 2021


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