Introduction to Academic Skills
Full course description
Although your start at an academic programme is in many ways a continuation of your educational career, we know that the transition to university may provide you with unique challenges. This skills training aims to equip you with the basic tools which will help you succeed in University. While writing an academic essay, important topics in academia are discussed; defining a thesis statement, searching for literature, reading & note taking, evaluating and creating an argument, referencing and plagiarism, drafting, revising. Additionally, you will learn to evaluate and plan the use of your time effectively and to prepare yourself for exams. We will use various educational formats including lectures, workshops, in class discussions and peer-feedback. You put your acquired knowledge and skills immediately into practice by the writing of an academic essay.
- Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Define a thesis statement
- Search for literature
- Read & take notes
- Evaluate and create an argument
- Conduct appropriate referencing and prevent plagiarism, falsification and fraud
- Create a draft
- Provide and use Feedback
- Manage time
- Prepare for exams
- Adopt appropriate and effective study strategies
- Advised: Fowler, H. R., & Aaron, J. E. (2015). The Little Brown Handbook (13th ed.). New York: Pearson Longman. (Earlier editions can also be used)..
- Additional: Additional Literature may be found in the reference list.