Academic Skills for Essex Business School

The details
Student Development
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
05 October 2021


Requisites for this module
BE100, BE400



Key module for


Module description

The module provides language skills development and academic literacy training to help students meet the demands of second-year undergraduate studies, with a particular focus on (a) the process of researching and writing academic essay-style assignments and (b) effective seminar and presentation skills.

Tasks and source materials are tailored to suit the requirements of the students' field of study.

Module aims

The module aims to support the students in their studies generally, and specifically with reference to modules BE410 and BE511.

Module learning outcomes

Successful attendance and completion of the course.

Module information

The module is entirely online, via Zoom.

Learning and teaching methods

Classes are one-hour weekly sessions over 10 weeks (5 in autumn and 5 in spring). The course covers key skills in university writing and speaking, with an additional focus on reading and researching. Students are expected to take an active part in lessons and in the learning process. All materials relating to the module are made available on Moodle. There are no assignments associated with the module.


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Michel Mason, email:
Adam Wattam, Michel Mason



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 9 hours, 9 (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.


Further information
Student Development

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