Module details for Raising your game: advanced academic skills


This module will provide students who are interested in a career that requires research skills, such as in academia, government or other data management roles, to develop skills and knowledge of advanced methods to collect, analyse, and understand experimental data. We will introduce students to software systems that enable more advanced and robust analyses as well as looking at academic processes involved in project development, seeking and securing post-graduate opportunities, funding applications and data publication for career development.


The aim of this module is to prepare students for a career in research-related fields. The module will raise their awareness of the world of research and develop skills to ensure students are competitive when seeking post-graduate study or employment.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Understand the current and future directions of research in the discipline.

2.  Evidence advanced understanding of the research process.

3.  Evidence advanced skills in data analytics.

4.  Demonstrate ability to design and manage a programme of research.

5.  Demonstrate ability to showcase skills and experiences in applying for postgraduate opportunities.

Indicative Content

1 Designing a research project

Where to begin, pilot projects, developing a plan, working through the timelines, remote team working tools and guidelines, forward planning impact and outputs.

2 Importance of research impact

What is impact and why it is important presenting impact to potential supervisors and funders, measuring and assessing impact.

3 Advanced analytical techniques

Introduction to R, coding for online experiments, advanced modelling techniques.

4 Presenting and discussing data

Visualisation of data and critical analysis of figures and graphs

5 Open Science

Why we need to do open science, how to do open science, the process and pre-registration.

6 Publication

Why do we publish, where to publish, publishing process, reviews and reviewing, publication for career development.

7 Finding post-graduate study

Where to look, how to apply, shared experiences.

8 Applying for funding

How to get funding for post-graduate study, seed funding, pilot work and big grants.


Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 9
Tutorial/Seminar 20
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 131
Total 200

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.