SH6058 - Academic skills & literacy: effective critical thinking (2022/23)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2022/23|
|Module title||Academic skills & literacy: effective critical thinking|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences and Professions|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2022/23(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
This module aims to enable students to:
- Further apply prior knowledge and relate specific knowledge and skills to continuing development of academic literacy and skills
This module builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first and second years of the course and specifically on the academic skills acquired in SH4053 Academic skills/literacy: finding & presenting information and SH5054 Academic skills/literacy: Developing critical thinking. In this, the last of three academic skills and literacy modules in the course, students will extend their academic literacy and skills to enable them to produce work appropriate to this academic level with specific emphasis on the standard of work required by SH6P06 Project.
Some of the key areas include:
Use of appropriate techniques to analyse complex information from competing resources.
Development of ability to manufacture an argument at dissertation level.
Reconciling contradictory conclusions.
Devising novel solutions.
Judging the reliability, validity and significance of evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations
Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
The module will be delivered using activities based on work required to complete assessments in year three modules with specific emphasis on the project proposal and the project itself [SH6P06]. Seminars and workshops will provide students with opportunities to practice specific academic techniques and approaches in a supported and supportive environment. Sessions will also provide opportunities for students to discuss their knowledge and previous experience, helping them to make links between practical and theoretical understanding, as they further develop their academic skills and literacy. Opportunities are provided for individual sessions with tutors to discuss, appraise and plan student’s personal and professional development.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the knowledge base for health and social care practice.
2. Analyses new and/or abstract data using established approaches appropriate to health and social care.
3. Evaluate the reliability, validity and significance of evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations and suggests reasons for contradictory data/results.
4. Apply knowledge, synthesising ideas or information to generate novel solutions.
Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through:
Submission of individual portfolio. This will include examples of work undertaken over the course of the module [based on session activities]. For example, an annotated bibliography indicating reasons why individual sources constitute ‘good’ evidence and commentary on extracts from assessments for concurrent modules highlighting the use of key academic skills [i.e. identification of bias]. This will also include a brief reflection. Required elements of the portfolio are as follows:
1. Detailed summary of content of one published academic paper [chosen from a number of sources provided by other L6 modules] to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the content of the source. [1000 words] LO1
2. Reflection on small group presentation using established and appropriate framework to provide a critique key aspects of academic paper. [500 words] LO2 & LO3
3. Detailed written critique of one academic paper using established and appropriate framework to provide a critique of the reliability, validity and significance of evidence used to support conclusions and/or recommendations from an appropriate academic source suggesting reasons for contradictory data/results. [1000 words] LOs 1- 4