Skills for Study in Higher Education

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Term 1
SCQF Level
Business, Law and Social Sciences


AHD010 is designed to support the development of core academic skills and to support your transition into back into study.


the 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.

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.