Student Success Tutorial

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
28 February 2024


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),
MACCN440 Accounting and Finance,
MACCN441 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
MACCN442 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 N391 Banking and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
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 N2N5 Management and Marketing (Including Foundation Year),
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,
MMANNN35 Marketing and Management,
MMANNN36 Marketing and Management (Including Placement Year),
MMANNN37 Marketing and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BA N29RCO Business Management with Language Studies

Module description

This is a zero credit-bearing module that will engage the students in the support mechanisms and effective study practices that are necessary for step-up to second year studies at the Essex Business School.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To contribute to enhancing students’ overall learning experience and performance.

  • To provide students with guidance on their academic progress and personal and professional development.

Module learning outcomes

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

Knowledge and understanding

  1. The importance of university support mechanisms including the library and search engines for independent research and as an integral part of being an active learner.

  2. The nature and scope of referencing, why it is important and necessary in developing professional skills.

  3. What an academic offence is and its consequences.

  4. The importance of a reflective approach to learning and how using feedback as part of a cycle of improvement to inform future work.

  5. The importance of forming networks and study groups to enhance the student experience.

  6. Understanding of the requirements of the capstone project and an overview of possible approaches.

Technical, analytical and evaluation skills

  1. Being able to use university support mechanisms in intelligent and effective ways to support their learning experience and performance across subject areas.

  2. Using best-practice in referencing to support written essays and arguments, and as part of developing ethical and professional judgment (e.g. through avoiding plagiarism).

  3. Becoming a reflective learner and using feedback as part of a developmental process to inform academic studies.

  4. Networking and building connections with academics and other students.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

This module aims to develop a variety of personal transferable skills by encouraging students to:

  1. Make confident use of the support mechanisms available to them across the university.

  2. Develop learning strategies that facilitate an independent approach to learning.

  3. Build personal connections within the community of scholarship and enquiry.

  4. Develop confidence in using networking skills that enable students to build connections with each other.

Module information

This module forms part of the School’s objective of developing students as engaged learners with the reflective ability to form holistic views on business and to benefit from research-led teaching.

The module forms part of the support programme within EBS that aims to provide students with structured pastoral and academic support and guidance to help deal with the challenges they face.

This structured regular contact with the personal tutor enhances communication and encourages discussion that fosters development beyond their formal studies – aiming to make every contact count. As the module will be compulsory for all EBS second year students, the aim is that the skills learned will benefit student learning and performance in all other modules as well.

Assessment is via attendance. The module will be on the students' transcripts as completed or not completed.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Two 1-hour seminars in autumn term
  • Two 1-hour seminars in spring term

Students are not expected to undertake any preparatory reading before classes but they should be prepared to engage in discussion and tasks introduced in the classes.

Students are not required to complete any formal assessments for this 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
Coursework   Final Assessment    100% 

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 Lorcan Whitehead, email:
EBS Personal Tutor



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 32 hours, 28 (87.5%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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