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Undergraduate Course: Foundation English for Academic Purposes 2 (ENAI07009)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryFoundation English for Academic Purposes (FEAP) 2 is designed to improve your academic English knowledge and skills to the point where you can participate effectively in undergraduate courses in the Humanities or Social Science. Following on from FEAP1 in term 1, which focused on academic reading and writing, the course will focus on the development of these skills, with an added focus on your critical thinking and also your oral presentation skills.

Together these two strands complement the work done in Foundation English for Academic Purposes 1 on academic reading, writing and vocabulary, to provide you with the tools required for effective undergraduate study.

This course is for students on the HSS International Foundation Programme only. It is not available to undergraduate or postgraduate students.

Course description FEAP2 Critical thinking, reading and writing sessions will begin by introducing you to what it means to be critical in the university context. You will then be introduced to two academic journal articles, which week by week, you will analyse in detail, as you work towards the writing of a practice comparative critical review of the two articles about mid-way through the course. You will learn how to write an effective introduction, succinct summaries, effective critical evaluations and strong conclusions. By the end of the course you will have built up an entire practice comparative review, which will assist you in writing the final assessed review, which will be on two different academic journal articles.

Oral presentation skills classes will help you enhance your skills in giving effective academic presentations. Topics covered will include: structuring your presentation; speaking in an appropriate style; using phrasing and emphasis; constructing effective introductions and conclusions; using visual aids and making your presentation interesting.

You will attend FEAP2 classes twice a week. One class per week will focus on critical thinking, reading and writing and the other will focus on oral presentation skills.
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 103 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by three components.

1.The practice critical review weighted at 15%.
2. A comparative critical review of two academic journal articles - weighted at 50%.
3. A ten-minute academic oral presentation - weighted at 35%.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each assessment component).

You will also give a practice presentation about half way through the course, to help you prepare for the final presentation.
Feedback You will be given general written formative feedback on the practice critical review via GradeMark and individual written formative feedback on the practice oral presentation you give. This will help you prepare for the final critical review and the final oral presentation.

You will have a chance to discuss all feedback given with your tutor during class time.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the role of critical thinking in the British university context
  2. Understand and critically analyse arguments in academic texts, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses
  3. Write a comparative critical review on two academic journal articles, including effective introduction, summary, critical evaluation and conclusion sections
  4. Learn how to structure and deliver an effective academic presentation in English
Reading List
Students will receive copies of the FEAP2 materials prepared by English Language Teaching Education staff.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other sources, and of the importance of this difference.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas that are routine to a subject/discipline/sector.

Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Taken from SCQF descriptors:
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 classes per week
One to focus on critical thinking, reading and writing and the other to focus on oral presentation skills.
KeywordsCritical thinking,Critical Reading,Critical Writing,Oral Presentation Skills,Academic Text Analysis
Course organiserMs Kathryn Redpath
Tel: (0131 6)51 4833
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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