Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module aims to provide undergraduate students of English with the discipline-specific skills they need in order to make the most of their degree including skills in close reading, critical analysis, research, writing and referencing. Through weekly close reading, discussion and critique, accompanied by writing and research exercises, this module will enable students to develop and practise the high-level academic skills that will enhance their learning.
Intended Learning Outcomes
access the subject-specific vocabulary necessary for successful engagement with their studies while at Keele: 1,2demonstrate an awareness of the conventions and practices of communicating in English at undergraduate level: 1,2demonstrate skills in close reading, research, writing and in the presentation of material in accordance with the conventions of their discipline: 1demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographical skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and a capacity to write clear and correct prose: 1demonstrate a proficiency in information retrieval and analysis through research for seminars and project work: 1apply key research and writing skills appropriately in relation to different projects: 1,2 present and discuss ideas through seminars and presentations: 2
24 hours of seminars48 hours seminar preparation58 hours portfolio preparation20 hours poster presentation preparation
Students must be enrolled on the joint Keele-BFSU programme.
1: Portfolio weighted 80%
Description of Module Assessment
A multi-stage portfolio developing students' subject-specific writing skillsStudents will produce a 3,000 word portfolio consisting of the following elements:
A legal memo (approximately 800 words)
A case study (approximately 1000 words)
A research report (approximately 1,200 words)
These genres of writing mirror the writing styles assessed in other modules this cohort will be studying
2: Coursework weighted 20%
A poster presentationStudents will individually develop and present a poster presentation (approximately 15 minutes) detailing the research carried out on one element of Assessment 1.