Research and Study Skills for Professional Development

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
08 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N400 Accounting,
BSC N401 Accounting (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N402 Accounting (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC N420 Accounting and Finance,
BSC N422 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN43 Accounting and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK3 Accounting and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NN24 Accounting and Management,
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN42 Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK2 Accounting and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N4L1 Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NKL1 Accounting with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NL41 Accounting with Economics,
BSC NL44 Accounting with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NR3Y Banking and Finance with a Modern Language,
BSC N200 Business Management,
BSC N201 Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N202 Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA NR19 Business Management and Modern Languages,
BA N1R9 Business Management with a Modern Language,
BSC N300 Finance,
BSC N301 Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N302 Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N304 Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N3T1 Finance with Mandarin,
BSC N340 Financial Management,
BSC N343 Financial Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH40 Financial Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NN25 Management and Marketing,
BSC NN2M Management and Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC NNF5 Management and Marketing (Including Year Abroad),
BA N19R Business Management and Language Studies,
BSC N344 Finance and Management,
BSC N345 Finance and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N346 Finance and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N347 Finance and Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module contributes to enhancing students' overall learning experience and performance. It forms part of the School's objective of developing students as active learners with the reflective ability to form holistic views on business and to benefit from research-led teaching. The module is systematically linked to the Induction programme and the requirements of the first year modules. As the module is compulsory for all EBS first year students, the aim is that the skills learned will benefit student learning and performance in all other modules as well.

Module aims

This module aims to support students in the transition to university. It contributes to students' understanding of the requirements of academic study and aims to support students in developing the necessary skills to successfully undertake university studies.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the importance of search engines and library resources for independent research and as an integral part of being an active learner.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the nature and scope of referencing and its importance in developing professional skills.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of academic offences and their consequences.
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of the importance of effective reading and writing skills for developing and organising arguments and narratives, including:
o The importance of different reading techniques for understanding and critically evaluating a text
o The importance of developing skills for writing and reading multiple forms of text (e.g. student essays, examination answers, CVs, job applications, journalistic articles, emails, etc.)
* Develop their knowledge and understanding of how to use feedback effectively and how to reflect on previous coursework with a growth mindset.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

The module aims to develop a variety of personal transferable skills by encouraging students to:
* Identify and distil key features and arguments covered in texts and presentations.
* Develop coherent and well-structured lines of argument supported by relevant analysis and concepts.
* Become better equipped to discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information for the purposes of decision-making.
* Become better equipped to apply analytical skills and a critical judgement to handle business problems.
* Develop the ethical awareness required in being professional.
* Communicate effectively in writing and presentations.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The lectures specified are delivered early in the autumn and the beginning of the spring term so that students are well prepared before they need to write their coursework for their main modules. The spring term lecture helps students make effective use of feedback from autumn modules and apply this to their work in the spring term. The topics will be delivered as one hour lectures in week 2, week 3 and week17 when no seminars are scheduled, with supporting forms of assessment. There is a weekly voluntary support class for this module. The workshop will appear on your timetable.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Online Test1    15% 
Coursework   Online Test2    15% 
Coursework   Coursework 1  27/11/2019  70% 

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lorcan Whitehead, email:
Lorcan Whitehead



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 92 hours, 38 (41.3%) hours available to students:
54 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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