Academic Development for Social Sciences 2 (L0002F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This is the second of two core and compulsory modules that will develop your academic skills necessary for undergraduate study. Successful completion of Academic Development 1 is a pre-requisite for this module.

Building on the research skills you developed in Academic Development 1, and working on a piece of independent research, this module helps you produce arguments that reflect your own point of view while making sure they are thoroughly evaluated, well-structured and supported with sound evidence.

Continuing to work with the Online Academic Writing Guide and with texts introduced by your Academic Development tutor, you will notice how expert writers in your chosen subject area convey their arguments before going on to produce your own arguments in-line with the expectations of your chosen subject area. Working in this way will help you become a part of a specific academic community, allowing you to effectively communicate your points of view to your subject tutors and peers.

Through reflective tasks and assessments the module will continue to help you develop approaches to study that will give you an edge in your first year of undergraduate study and throughout the rest of your time at university.

Topics of study in this module include:

  • The process of academic writing in your chosen subject area
  • Producing academic texts for your specific pathways
  • Developing your own voice when writing and presenting
  • Writing well-connected and logical arguments
  • Showing critical thinking in your work by engaging with alternative views and perspectives
  • Referencing/Writing Citations
  • Presentation, negotiating and debating skills
  • Understanding feedback and connecting it to other assessments

You'll be assessed through:

  • A report showing you have engaged with and applied the lessons learned from Stage 3 of the Online Academic Writing Guide
  • Essay
  • Individual Presentation
  • Written reflective account and evaluation of your presentation and academic skills development.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 16 hours of contact time and about 134 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: