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Undergraduate Course: Reading, Research and Enquiry (LLLG07154)

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
SummaryIn 'Reading, Research and Enquiry', you will develop skills and strategies for engaging with a variety of academic texts in your subject area. You will learn about research skills and practices in your discipline, and how to use reading and research in your work, allowing you to make your own contribution to knowledge in your field.

The course content hours will include guest lectures from across the University of Edinburgh, and will equip you with an enhanced awareness of the reading and research skills needed for postgraduate study.
Course description 'Reading, Research and Enquiry' is structured around a series of skills, including reading skills and strategies for working with academic texts, as well as skills for research and enquiry. You will have the opportunity to unpack and critically engage with the meaning of research and enquiry in your discipline, and the chance to explore specific research skills appropriate to a variety of research projects and agendas.

Through exploring and practising these skills and strategies, using techniques such as Academic Reading Circles, you will develop your ability to engage with texts appropriately, and to incorporate reading and research into your own arguments.

You will focus on specific skills related to reading and research. You will unpack these for your discipline and practise them in your own work. You will also develop your academic language, particularly the features that help you read effectively.

The skills covered in the course may include:
Reading for a purpose
Critical text selection
Using genre knowledge
Identifying arguments and evidence
Critical evaluation
Digital literacies and research skills
Using research questions

As you develop your awareness and skills, you will build up towards your final assessment, a Reading into Writing Task. This assessment also measures learning in 'Academic Writing', and there will often be links between the two courses.

You will attend interactive classes involving discussion and collaborative tasks. On some days you will have small-group or individual tutorials to reflect on your learning.

You will also do homework tasks, including reading and responding to academic texts, or tasks where you explore features of texts and research in your discipline.

You will receive regular feedback including through structured formative tasks that build up to your final assessment.

To make progress, you will need to engage fully and actively in all activities, including 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) 1400-word piece of source-based academic writing; choice of questions appropriate to students' disciplines. Students demonstrate their ability to combine reading and critically evaluating academic texts in their disciplines, with writing clearly and appropriately in genres common in their discipline, synthesizing and critically evaluating content from sources to create their argument. This assessment measures learning in both Academic Writing and in Reading, Research and Enquiry.

The Reading and Writing aspects of this integrated task will be assessed through discrete and equally weighted elements of the criteria, and separate scores for each skill will be reported.
Feedback Formative feedback loops including both reading and writing tasks are built into the writing process. Formative stages may include a draft plan and a sample paragraph, and a reading task in which students use a CRAAP analysis (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose) of source texts to evaluate potential sources for the assignment. Individual and group tutorials are scheduled for discussion of formative feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and understand academic texts in¿their¿discipline, making critical use of genre knowledge
  2. Demonstrate emerging awareness of expectations and practices in their discipline, including research skills
  3. Critically engage with arguments and evidence,making use of strategies appropriate to their purpose
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.

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

Williams, A., 2013. Research. London: Collins.
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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