Being Successful at Abertay

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Term 1
SCQF Level
AbLE Academy


Every student that enters University will have different strengths and challenges in their academic, personal and social abilities. The transition to university from school, college or employment can be daunting. This module will help 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 your strengths lie. This will see you engage with the Abertay Discovery Tool that will inform you of your strengths and identify opportunities for further development. This will include reflections on things such as studying at university, academic skills, careers & employability, 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). This Discovery tool will help you identify further MySuccess modules that you plan to study in the coming year to address specific needs or topics that are of particular interest to you.

This module initiates the foundations of the Abertay Attributes, enabling you to engage in your development through identifying opportunities to develop personal, professional, digital, intellectual skills as you become an active citizen of the Abertay and Dundee communities.


To prepare you for a successful future at Abertay by enabling you 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 your academic and social development path through year one and identify the foundation skills for your successful university career

Indicative Content

1 What does a successful student look like?

Your motivations for being at university, values, and passions. Taking opportunities and stepping out of your comfort zone. Consider the skills and qualities of a successful student and explore different examples of success.

2 Abertay Discovery Tool

Undertake the Abertay Discovery tool to help identify your strengths and areas for development across 5 themes (studying at university, academic skills, digital skills, careers and employability, and wellbeing).

3 Expectations of University and You

The university code of conduct, independent learning, academic integrity, blended learning and the Abertay attributes.

4 Successful Student Behaviours

Defeating procrastination, managing your time effectively, notetaking and preparing for classes, growth mindset and opportunities at Abertay and beyond.

5 The Art of Reflection and Action Planning

Reflective frameworks, SWOT Analysis, and goal setting.

Teaching and Learning MethodHours
Supervised Practical Activity0
Unsupervised Practical Activity0

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 2023/4, and may be subject to change for future years.