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Undergraduate Course: Academic Skills for Asian Studies (ASST08051)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide academic training for all first-year Asian Studies students. Through interactive teaching and practical exercises the course will facilitate student transition from secondary education to university. By the end of the course students will have acquired the core study skills expected of them, and will be given tools and strategies to develop those skills as they pursue their research on Asia.

Please note that this course is available only to students on degree programmes that include Chinese or Japanese.
Course description Academic Skills for Asian Studies introduces students to the core academic skills they will use while studying at university. The course is designed to lay the foundation for students to develop into experts in their particular Asian language and culture. This includes fundamental academic skills such as finding, assessing and using resources and evidence in their research, writing for different audiences, and practical skills like attributing and referencing others' work correctly. It also includes an introduction to the different ways Asian Studies students can research the topics that interest them, laying the foundation for the dissertation work they will carry out in the third and fourth year of their degrees. The course will consist of interactive teaching sessions every 2 weeks which are designed to fit with the rhythm of the academic year so that topics discussed will be immediately relevant to the student experience elsewhere in Asian Studies degrees. Students will be put into autonomous learning groups which will work on practical exercises tied to the teaching sessions outside of the classroom. Assessment for the course is designed to reflect the content covered in the teaching sessions (for example a set critical review to demonstrate critical thinking skills) and to provide students with the opportunity to critically reflect on how they see themselves developing as area experts during their time at Edinburgh.

Please note that this course is available only to students on degree programmes that include Chinese or Japanese.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Library Report 1000 words - 40%«br /»
Set Critical Review 1500 words - 50%«br /»
Critical Self-Reflection 500 words - 10%
Feedback Students will be provided formative feedback exercises in each semester which are designed to support them in preparation for upcoming assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Recall and describe how to use different library resources available for Asian Studies students.
  2. Find, compare and critically engage with sources related to topics in Asian Studies.
  3. Describe and employ standards regarding different forms of writing.
  4. Prepare and justify methods for different research projects.
  5. Describe and reflect on their aims and objectives as an Asian Studies student.
Reading List
Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills. 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry: Problem solving; analytical thinking; critical thinking; knowledge integration and application; handling complexity and ambiguity.
Personal and intellectual autonomy: Self-awareness and reflection; independent learning and development; creative and inventive thinking.
Personal effectiveness: Planning, organising and time management; team working; assertiveness and confidence; flexibility.
Communication: Interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication, presentation.
KeywordsChinese,Japanese,Asian Studies,academic skills
Course organiserDr Christopher Rosenmeier
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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