AP1ID3-Study Skills for BSc International Development

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Ms Rebecca Jerrome

Email: r.m.jerrome@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Through this module, designed for students on the BSc International Development programme, you’ll gain a common foundation in transferrable skills relevant to studying in an academic context. You’ll take part in guided seminars to practice key skills through worked examples.


Students will gain experience in key skills applicable across the social sciences: Using the library, assignment writing, referencing skills and avoiding accidental plagiarism, how to present with confidence, team-working, academic reading and using Blackboard.

Assessable learning outcomes:

This is a compulsory module, but is not formally assessed. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Use the library and Blackboard with confidence

  2. Understand how to write in various styles, including essays and reports; with the ability to reference sources in an appropriate manner.

  3. Have gained techniques to help with presentations and working in a group.

  4. Understand the strategies for effective selecti ng and reading of academic texts


Additional outcomes:

Students will have used Socrative student app to take part in quizzes and polls.

Outline content:

  • Using Blackboard

  • Using the library and academic reading

  • Assignment writing

  • Referencing skills and avoiding plagiarism

  • Presentations and team-working

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will mostly be delivered through guided seminars with practice of key skills through worked and subject examples.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 12
Guided independent study: 88
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is not assessed. Students will be expected to participate fully and may have to do some preparatory work. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor 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:

This module is not assessed but full attendance is required

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

  1. Required text books:

  2. Specialist equipment or materials:

  3. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:

  4. Printing and binding:

  5. Computers and devices with a particular specification:

  6. Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 15 July 2020


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