Academic Development for Business and Economics 1 (N0001F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This is the first of two core and compulsory modules that will develop your academic skills necessary for undergraduate study. All foundation year students take this module.

You’ll be working on a piece of independent research throughout this module which focuses on developing your skills as a researcher. Through a series of in-class tasks and assessed pieces of work, you will develop skills such as finding, analysing and evaluating source material to be used to form and support convincing arguments in undergraduate essays and presentations.

The work you will do on this module is framed around (and supported by) the Online Academic Writing Guide (OAWG), a resource that provides information and practice opportunities of the research skills being taught. You will work on this guide during your self-study time, but your tutor will support your efforts by complementing this resource with in-class tasks and activities. Working closely with this resource, with your Academic Development tutor and with your peers will enable you to move away from the format and style typical of ‘A’ level essay writing and start developing approaches that are expected in a subject-specific undergraduate piece of work.

Through reflective tasks and assessments, the module will also help you realize the best way to study at university, focusing on managing your time and developing specific academic skills that will give you confidence when you progress onto your degree.

Topics of study in this module include:

  • The process of academic writing in your chosen subject area
  • Being aware of issues of academic integrity
  • Critical reading and note-taking
  • Referencing/Writing Citations
  • Making the most of academic tutorials and understanding feedback
  • Carrying out effective literature searching
  • Presentation, negotiating and debating skills

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Two reports showing you have engaged with and applied the lessons learned from stages 2 and 3 of the Online Academic Writing Guide.
  • Individual Presentation
  • Written reflective account & evaluation of the presentation

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: