module specification

AE4018 - Succeeding in HE: Criticality in Reading, Writing and Argument (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Succeeding in HE: Criticality in Reading, Writing and Argument
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Presentation
Coursework 70%   Portfolio
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module aims to enable students to:
- Experience, and develop confidence with, a range of academic skills
- Recognise areas for development relating to their own learning
- Understand key concepts relating to education research
- Explore the use of research relating to education
- Engage with a range of academic literature


Some of the key areas include:
- An introduction to study at Higher Education
- A range of academic skills
- Strategies for engagement with critical reading
- Academic/personal development planning
- An introduction to education research
- Literature searches

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Theoretical input will be through seminars/workshops and online materials and exercises.  Students will also benefit from a blended learning approach through the use of weblearn for supplementary materials, links to ebooks, online discussions and exercises such as reflective tasks.

Reflection and discussion are key to teaching for students and will be in the context of tutor-led sessions and exercises incorporated into web based materials.  Teaching and learning strategies and methods also focus on workplace skills and professionalism.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a range of academic skills
2. Recognise areas for development relating to their own learning
3. Understanding of key concepts relating to education research
4. Explain the use of research relating to education
5. Engagement with a range of academic literature

Assessment strategy

Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through the submission of:
1. A presentation
2. A portfolio of tasks which are assigned throughout the module
[2500 – 3000 words]

Students will be provided with detailed guidance of format, length, and requirements.


Core reading:

BECKER, L., (2009) The Mature Student’s Handbook Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan

BURNS, T., & SINFIELD, S. (2016). Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university. London [etc.], SAGE Publication.

DREW, S. (2017). Guide to Learning and Study Skills. Taylor and Francis.

DAWSON, C. (2004) Learning How to Study Again: A Practical Guide to Study Skills for Mature Students Returning to Education or Distance Learning, Oxford: How to Books

JUDGE, B., JONES, P., & MCCREERY, E. (2009). Critical thinking skills for education students. Exeter, Devon, Learning Matters.

MCMILLAN, K., Weyers, J. (2010) How to Write Essays and Assignments, Harlow: Pearson

MCMILLAN, K. A. (2013). How to improve your critical thinking & reflective skills [electronic. Harlow, Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.

MUSGRAVE, J., SAVIN-BADEN, M., & STOBBS, N. (2017). Studying for Your Early Years Degree Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner. Northwich, Critical Publishing.

SMALE, B., & FOWLIE, J. (2015). How to succeed at university: an essential guide to academic skills, personal development and employability. London, SAGE Publications Ltd.

WYSE, D. (2012). The good writing guide for education students. London, SAGE.

Additional reading:

BARTLETT, S., & BURTON, D. (2016). Introduction to education studies. London: Sage