Skills for University Studies

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The details
Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
30 January 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module introduces you to University life and enables you to develop the skills required for your BA studies.

This module also orients you to the work, volunteering, and other extra-curricular activities available in the School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (PHAIS) and the University, so that you can acquire additional skills and experience while you study.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To orient students to University studies and campus life.

  • To enable students to enhance their communication and study skills.

  • To encourage students to make the most of extra-curricular opportunities available on campus.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the main differences between school/college and degree studies and appreciate the opportunities and responsibilities of University education.

  2. Understand the differences between academic and informal writing, how to structure and correctly reference essays, redevelop voice and style as a writer.

  3. Understand how to develop their voice and style as a writer and respond to feedback on coursework essays.

  4. Take lecture and reading notes, engage effectively with lectures and classes, and use handouts and online resources to guide and support learning.

  5. Understand how to write a good CV and ways of acquiring additional skills by making the most of opportunities for work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities on campus.

Module information

University studies gives students more independence and responsibility than school or college. So most students need to adapt their approach to learning and assessments and develop their communication and study skills in the first year.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Nine sessions scheduled over the academic year.

This is a team-taught module, which involves tutors from PHAIS as well as the Talent Development Centre, and the Employability and Careers Centre.

The sessions involve a range of formats: lectures, workshops, classes and online exercises. Active engagement with the module is very important and you are required to attend all sessions.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Additional coursework information

  • In the reflective essay, you are asked to reflect on the knowledge, skills, and understanding you have gained/enhanced throughout the different sessions and more generally during your first year BA studies.
  • You must complete the CV, reflective essay and Moodle Tutorial on Academic Integrity to pass this module.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

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 Steven Gormley, email: segorm@essex.ac.uk.
Interdisciplinary Studies General Office: 6.130. Email: isugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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