Module details for Abertay 101 – Being Successful at Abertay


Every student that enters University will have different strengths and challenges in their academic, personal and social abilities. The purpose of this module is to enable you to recognise the steps you need to take to ensure you achieve academic success. This module asks you to undertake a period of reflection on where you believe your strengths lie. This will see you engage with a formative, diagnostic tool that will inform you of your strengths and identify opportunities for further development. This will include reflections on such things as academic skills, numeracy, digital skills and wellbeing. Outcomes of the review will lead you to being guided to develop an action plan to address the challenges you may face over the coming year(s). The assessment will focus on this action plan and the identification of the further microcredentials that you plan to study in the coming year to address specific needs or topics that are of particular interest. This module initiates the foundations of the Abertay Attributes, enabling all students to engage in their development through identifying opportunities to develop personal, digital, intellectual and professional skills as they become an active citizen of the Abertay and Dundee communities.


To prepare students for a successful future at Abertay by enabling them to develop successful student habits through accessing supporting resources and guidance.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Have a clear understanding of their academic and social development path through year one and identify the foundation skills for a successful university career.

Indicative Content

1 The new challenge of studying in HE

Expectations of a student in higher education.

2 Successful student behaviours

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3 Sense of purpose and Abertay attributes

Recognising the opportunity that university offers and starting to think about where this might lead and how you might determine that direction, whether that be career or further study.

4 Reflections on personal strengths and challenges

Preparatory work to consider what those strengths and challenges might be.

5 Formative Diagnostic engagement

Diagnostic tool can be taken on multiple occasions as student engages with developmental process.

6 Growth and moving forward

How could you act upon this information? What resources are available to support your development?

7 Action planning

How to create an action plan and measure your success in meeting it.

8 Summative assessment

Create action plan and identify schedule of microcredentials to study in year one.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 10
Independent 30
Total 50

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.