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Skills Curriculum

1 Scope of the Skills Curriculum

The Skills Curriculum consists of learning outcomes for three skillsets: Learning Skills, Professional Skills and Research Skills. The curriculum is assessed against a set of learning outcomes, grouped under each of the three skillsets above.

2 Levels

These LOs may be delivered in any module and they may appear in more than one module. They may be delivered at any level and may recur at a higher level so as to ensure and reflect student progression through a skillset.
It is likely that Learning Skills be most commonly found at Level 4 but as Learning Skills escalate in pace with the advanced levels within undergraduate study, the LOs are equally desirable as part of Level 5 and Level 6 modules. The Professional Skills LOs are more likely to be introduced at levels 5 or even as late as level 6, but one or more may be appropriately introduced in a Level 4 module.

3 Wording of the Learning Outcomes (LO)

A different form of words may be used, the better to align with the subject discipline, and provided the alternative wording falls within the title and scope of undergraduate awards (Level Descriptors, Undergraduate Awards, Manual of General Regulations, September 2012).

LEARNING SKILLS: LOs articulated at Level 4

At the end of this module, and with further independent study, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, access, and collate evidence from university and eternal sources, including textbooks and articles.
  2. Evaluate and interpret underlying concepts and principles within the context of their chosen studies including, where appropriate, handling numerical or other data.
  3. Express a range of ideas using appropriate spoken and written English, demonstrating understanding of academic writing conventions and styles as specific to the subject discipline.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and/or collusion and/or other forms of academic misconduct, by use of citation and reference as appropriate for the degree subject, using their own academic voice.
  5. Demonstrate evidence of reflection on academic performance by implementing feedback given.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate use of technology to facilitate studies e.g. use of information resources, production of coursework, communication with tutors and peers.
  7. Work effectively and appropriately with others to reach a cogent argument or judgement appropriate to the subject matter studied.


LEARNING SKILLS: Worked example of LO articulated at Level 5

Transfer use of technology to support professional development such as preparing
an online application for a graduate position (course or job or training).

LEARNING SKILLS: Worked example of LO articulated at Level 6

Express orally their own ideas drawing on information acquired from multiple original

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: LOs articulated at Level 5

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

  1. 1 Compare and contrast own skills, behaviours, attitudes and competences with those prized by graduate employers, and propose personal actions to bring these closer together
  2. Develop personal professionalism, identifying appropriate job and/or training opportunities (whether paid or unpaid).
  3. Apply previous learning on team roles so as to illustrate understanding of team working in the workplace, recognising and respecting differing perspectives.
  4. Identify graduate selection processes relevant to the chosen field and consider the process of applying for a job.


PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: LOs articulated at Level 6

  1. Analyse own employability competencies and career management skills and outline own future development either in employment or enterprise
  2. Research and critically evaluate the graduate job market and behaviours prized by employers, distinguishing between different sectors and enterprises
  3. Critically reflect on own working relationships using teamwork and leadership skills, recognising and respecting different perspectives
  4. Engage in the requirements of recruitment and selection and consider your experience of that process
  5. Evaluate the cultural, environmental, business context of a chosen organisation, appraising what is prized by employers in this area (e.g. self-management, creativity, motivation, problem-solving, dealing with cultural difference) and own plans to adopt this identity.

RESEARCH SKILLS: LOs articulated at Level 5

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

  1. Evaluate aspects of the research process relevant to a chosen field of study.
  2. Select techniques appropriate for research in a field of study.
  3. Plan a research project appropriate to a field of study
  4. Select and implement appropriate analytical techniques.
  5. Identify the nature and sources of information and find the data needed to write a research proposal and report.
  6. Constructively critique the research of others, identifying strengths and weaknesses in technique, analysis and conclusions.
  7. To use technology appropriately within their research field, thinking critically about their validity.


RESEARCH SKILLS: LOs articulated at Level 6

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

  1. Frame a research topic
  2. Construct a literature review, drawing on multiple sources.
  3. Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies.
  4. Gather relevant information and data for the research.
  5. Construct and implement a realistic research timetable.
  6. Deliver a presentation on a chosen research topic.
  7. Critically reflect on data produced.
  8. Critically reflect and then act on the ethical considerations and broader research integrity of their chosen research topic.