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Undergraduate Course: Academic Development and Reflection (LLLG07151)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course forms part of the Post-Graduate Pre-Sessional English Programme for Semester 2, and must be taken in conjunction with 'Academic Writing', 'Reading, Research and Enquiry', 'Listening and Note-taking', and 'Speaking at University'.

The course offers you a unique opportunity to reflect, independently and with others, on your learning on the other four courses. You will also undertake a self-directed project exploring an aspect of your academic discipline from an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) perspective.
Course description On this course, you will undertake a self-directed exploration of academic language and literacies used in your field. You will set out and present your critical reflections in a written report. This will help you to develop a critical understanding of the academic skills required for effective learning in your discipline.

The course operates in line with the Pre-sessional principles which emphasise the importance of developing your autonomy and criticality, the ability to reflect on your own learning, and learning to work as part of an academic community.

The course will contribute to your successful transition to your chosen postgraduate degree programme.

Weekly sessions will focus on your self-directed exploration of language / academic skills as used in your field, helping you to develop a critical understanding of expectations in your discipline. You will also reflect on your learning on the other four courses, considering relationships to your own discipline.

Self-directed learning will align to the University┬┐s Student-Led, Individually-Created Courses (SLICC) framework:

This will involve choosing a topic for exploration, conducting enquiry into this area, and critically reflecting on your learning experiences in a final written report.

Reflections on learning will involve small group discussions on learning across courses, followed by individual reflections utilising a variety of tasks and genres.

The course comprises interactive classes involving active discussion and collaborative tasks. On some days you will have small-group or individual tutorials┬┐to reflect on and discuss your learning with your teacher.

You will receive formative feedback on your investigations and reflections at regular intervals.

In order to make progress, you will need to engage fully and actively in all the learning activities, including completing homework tasks, reflecting on and responding to feedback, and doing additional independent study, seeking advice from your teacher when necessary.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course summative assessment is a 750-word reflective report on their exploration of an aspect of academic language and literacies (e.g. pronouns across genres) in their academic discourse community.
Feedback Students receive formative feedback / feed-forward (informed by the assessment criteria) on their investigations and reflections at regular intervals, and summative feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Make autonomous decisions regarding their own aims and approaches to learning
  2. Reflect on and strengthen their ability to learn both collaboratively and independently
  3. Demonstrate an improved ability to research and present on language / academic skills used in their field
  4. Communicate reflective language learning and criticality in a written report
Reading List
All the materials used for delivery of the course are provided either electronically or in hard copy, and there is no need for students to buy any books. We will also give you advice on useful online resources.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills There is an explicit focus on the University's Graduate Attributes throughout the PGPEP Programme, encouraging the development of autonomy, criticality and reflexivity:

Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Thomas Pritchard
Tel: (0131 6)51 1189
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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