University of the West of Scotland

Module Descriptor

Session: 2017/18

Last modified: 21/03/2017 13:47:13

Title of Module: Next Steps at University

Code: LLNG08002 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education
Module Co-ordinator:Gillian  Hodge

Summary of Module

This module is specifically designed to help you make the transition between College and University with ease, and for those considering a return to education following an absence or break in studies. It concentrates on enhancing the knowledge and skills gained in a further education setting to ensure students are aware of the requirements and conventions of studying at University.

The module further develops essential study skills for example, presentation skills, IT Skills and the application of appropriate referencing conventions for written pieces of work. In addition you will be expected to carry out research with an expectation that you will present your own data following consultation with Lifelong Learning Tutor or Module Co-ordinator. Varied assessments allow you to become confident in presenting written work at an appropriate level.

The module takes the form of a series of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises which will be based in a variety of subject disciplines relevant to future study. In addition tutorials will allow you to develop the essential skills required of students within a higher education setting. You will also examine theories of how you learn and apply this to your own experience to date. You will have the opportunity to take part in group activities where appropriate and debates where you can practice your communication skills.

By the end of the module, through the process of personal development planning, you will be well prepared to progress to University level study.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance Learning (D/L) (ie.Virtual Campus): (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Hamilton:D/L Virtual Campus:Other:
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

At the end of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Communicate evidence based arguments effectively in writing.

L2. Convey complex information through online presentations to a range of audiences -class colleagues, teaching staff and student tutors.

L3. Demonstrate the ability to use and evaluate statistical data for research purposes.

L4. Construct a reflective learning log to trace personal development and identify opportunities for independent learning.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Develop a broad knowledge of the theories of learning will use their own learning to date to provide a general context.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Apply learning in a range of coursework assessments, and demonstrate greater understanding through process of interaction in online-based tutorials.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical evaluation in a variety of settings through online interactions, or in writing through assessments.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate the ability to use a range of forms of effective communication to a range of audiences. Communication skills will be further developed by taking part in group discussion forum presentations, showing critical understanding to their peers as part of their overall assessment,

Written communication and IT skills will be further developed through preparation of an assessed report.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Students will show an ability to exercise autonomy and manage their studies independently. In group work assessments students will demonstrate accountability when considering others’ roles and responsibilities.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Appropriate study at SCQF 7
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
CategoriesStudent Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content DeliveryScheduled18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support ActivityScheduled18
Personal Development PlanScheduled26
Asynchronous Class ActivityIndependent26
Independent StudyIndependent112
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Dolowitz, D; Buckler, S; Sweeney, F (2008) Researching Online, Palgrave MacMillan

Drew, S & Bingham, R (1997) The Student Skills Guide, Gower

Webster, F (2002) Theories of the Information Society, Routledge

Relevant website addresses and useful texts posted on the Next Steps Blackboard site.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)
Attendance Requirements
It is expected that students will attend all scheduled classes or participate with all delivered elements as part of their engagement with their programme of study. Please refer to UWS Regulation 5.3.6.

Course Reference Numbers (CRNs) (if known)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Hamilton:D/L Virtual Campus:Other:





15548, 15549, 15552, 15556

14429, 14430
14431, 15553

Trimester(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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For Internal Use Only

Programme BoardTransition
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelTransitions
ModeratorIain Maitland
External ExaminerJames Mooney
Accreditation Details
Changes/Version Number


Module co-ordinator, summary, LOs, SCQFs, L&T, Assessment, Indicative resources, moderator, external examiner. CRNs added; Subject Panel - transitions; updated external examiner

Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids at end of document)
Written Assessment 80%
Presentation 20%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each main assessment category) can be found at the end of this descriptor which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Assessment Category 1
Assessment CategoryAssessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
AssignmentReport of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark809

Assessment Category 2
Assessment CategoryAssessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
AssignmentWorkbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark2018
Combined Total For All Assignment Categories100% 27 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students. There is a verbal presentation and written coursework assessments, for which support can be given.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)