Research and Study Skills for Professional Development

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BBA N100 Business Administration,
BBA N103 Business Administration (Including Placement Year),
BBA N104 Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N104CO Business Administration (Including Foundation Year),
BBA N110 Business Administration (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N120 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
BSC N121 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N123 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Placement Year),
BSC N124 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N124CO International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N501 Marketing,
BSC N502 Marketing (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N504 Marketing (Including Placement Year),
BSC N505 Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N505CO Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N832 Tourism Management,
BSC N833 Tourism Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N834 Tourism Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N835 Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N835CO Tourism Management (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module aims to contribute 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.

Module aims

The aim is that the skills learned will benefit student learning and performance in all other modules as well.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have developed their:

Knowledge and Understanding
The importance of search engines and library resources for independent research and as an integral part of being an active learner
The nature and scope of referencing, why it is important and necessary in developing professional skills
What an academic offence is and its consequences
The importance of good rhetorical and reading skills for developing and organising arguments and narratives, including:
The importance of different reading techniques for understanding and critically evaluating a text
The importance of developing both sets of skills for writing and reading multiple forms of text (e.g. student essays, examination answers, CVs, job applications, journalistic articles, emails, etc.)
Using feedback effectively and developing skills to reflect and approach previous coursework in a positive or problem-solving state of mind.

Skills and Abilities

The technical, analytical and evaluation skills required in:

Being able to use search engines and library resources in intelligent and effective ways to support their learning experience and performance across subject areas
Using best-practice referencing to support written essays and arguments, and as part of developing ethical and professional judgment (e.g. through avoiding plagiarism).
Becoming proficient in both written and oral forms of communication for analysing business issues of all the types covered in their studies at EBS

Development of Personal 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 below are delivered early in the Autumn term so that students are well prepared before they need to write their coursework for their main modules. The following topics will be delivered as one hour lectures in week 2 when no seminars are scheduled, with supporting forms of assessment. LECTURE 1: week 2 Search and Library skills (on-line test) LECTURE 2: week 2 Logic and organising of arguments (short essay) * How to read an academic text * How to write an academic text LECTURE 3: week 2 Referencing and academic offences (on-line test) LECTURE 4: week 17 Using feedback effectively Assessment Assessment is by the 2 on-line tests and a short essay. All are equally weighted. Each test has to be passed (with a pass mark of 40%). Students will have several opportunities to do the on-line test. Final outcomes will be shown as fail or pass on student transcripts. General guidelines for the short essay: It should contain a title page which should include your name and registration number. The word limit is 400 words which can be plus / minus 10% - not including the reference list. Text must be double spaced in a clear font. It should be clearly written and referenced in an academic style, following the guidelines on essay writing. It should be submitted via FASER by the date prescribed on Moodle. Full details of submission are in the EBS UG Handbook. The course work deadline is published on the BE902 Moodle page


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   COMP/NOTC     100% 
Coursework   Building an argument - essay task     

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
Ms Fay Aljibory, email:
Angela Whitby & Sian Downes



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 14 hours, 11 (78.6%) hours available to students:
3 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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