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Undergraduate Course: Listening and Note-Taking (LLLG07153)

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
SummaryPostgraduate study involves a great deal of listening in the wide variety of genres in which academic information is communicated today, including live or recorded lectures, seminars and other discussion fora, videos, podcasts, webinars, and meetings with students or academic staff, in-person or online.

On 'Listening and Note-Taking' you will develop the good critical listening skills you will need combined with efficient and reliable strategies for making notes you can make use of in a variety of study tasks.
Course description Through regular practice using live and recorded input, 'Listening and Note-Taking' builds your ability to listen proficiently and critically to information and arguments delivered in lectures and other spoken academic genres. You will practice and evaluate strategies for making efficient, selective and clear notes based on listening, and develop an approach to note-taking that suits your individual learning style. Follow-up tasks will provide practice in making use of your notes in spoken and written contexts.

The content of the listening and note-taking tasks also provides input for the 'Speaking at University' course, and will be based around a series of issues in Higher Education, relevant to postgraduate students in all disciplines, and likely to include:

University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes
Student experience and wellbeing
Internationalisation and decolonisation in UK Higher Education
Sustainability and climate change
An issue of your own choice.

The skills you develop on the course will be formally assessed in the final Listening assessment, which will involve listening to and making notes on a recorded lecture, and using your notes to demonstrate your critical understanding of the lecture content.

You will attend interactive classes involving active discussion and collaborative tasks.

You will regularly need to prepare for lessons by doing homework listening tasks.

You will receive regular formative feedback on your performance on listening and note-taking tasks.

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 is summatively assessed by means of a time-limited online test based on a recorded lecture in which students demonstrate their attainment of the Intended Learning Outcomes. The lecture recording is released online for a limited time, together with an editable test paper which students submit by a given deadline.
Feedback Students receive regular formative teacher and peer feedback on their performance on listening and notetaking throughout the course. Their preparation for the assessment is further supported by practice listening tests which use the same format and familiarise students with the test procedure
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and respond critically to academic lectures
  2. Make critical use of a range of appropriate listening and note-taking strategies
  3. Use lecture content in a range of academic writing and speaking tasks, texts and contexts
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 you to buy any books. We will also give you advice on useful online resources.

You may find the following publication helpful as an additional resource for your studies:

Aish, F. and Tomlinson, J. 2013. Lectures. London: HarperCollins.
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
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Course organiserMr Thomas Pritchard
Tel: (0131 6)51 1189
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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