Skills for Study in Higher Education



he aim of this Module is to support students' development of key skills in literacy, numeracy, collaborative working, thinking skills, employability and enterprise, and IT.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Communicate effectively in writing, using formal academic conventions where appropriate

2.  Use numbers confidently to solve problems and to understand the results.

3.   Study effectively both independently and with others.

4.  Understand, apply analyse and evaluate information gathered through research.

Indicative Content

1 About studying in higher education

Distinctive features of HE study, familiarisation with Abertay, thinking ahead to next steps

2 Effective Communication

Formal academic writing, effective presentations, taking notes, relevant IT tools.

3 Handling data

Building confidence in working with figures, gathering quantitative data, basic data analysis, relevant IT tools.

4 Developing ideas through research and critical thinking

Formal academic approaches to research, using the library, online research, developing arguments based on evidence versus assertions, analysing opposing points of view, relevant IT tools.

5 Studying effectively independently and with other people

Independent study, making the most of different types of classes, the challenges of groupwork, relevant IT tools.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students will be prepared for higher education (level 7) study by giving the opportunity to experience a range of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. Assessment will by means of a structured portfolio evidencing their progress through the module and achievement of learning outcomes. To support students in managing their workload, developing the quality of their work and to meet deadlines, students will be asked to complete discrete sections to deadlines spread throughout the semester. Formative feedback on draft portfolios and general progress will be offered routinely on an informal basis throughout the module and formally offered in weeks 7 and week 13.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Supervised Practical Activity 16
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 104

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.