Online Study Resources

Online Study Resources 

Taking notes in lectures

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

develop strategies for taking notes in lectures. These are:

  • choosing key words, phrases and concepts in lectures to be included in notes
  • using basic note-taking symbols and abbreviations
  • visually representing the relationship between ideas and the relative importance of information
  • review your lecture notes systematically
        
  1. Taking notes in lectures
        
       

Academic writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand some differences between spoken and written language, and the importance of these differences for academic writing
  • gain insights into why academic writing is typically abstract and complex. In other words, learn about:
    • the influence of Greek and Latin on academic vocabulary
    • the predominance of complex noun phrases
    • the concept of abstraction and how this is realised grammatically
  • understand formal academic style
  • learn how opinions and evaluations are expressed in academic writing
         

The module is in six parts:

  1. Spoken and written languages: some important differences
  2. Nominal groups: nouns and their structure
  3. Abstract concepts and abstract writings
  4. The influence of Greek and Latin on academic vocabulary
  5. Formal writing
  6. Expressing opinion and attitude in academic writing
      
       

Essay writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand the processes involved in writing a university essay
  • research the topic
  • write analytically
  • structure and develop an academic argument
  • write in an academic style
  • present evidence and reference correctly
  • prepare a list of references or bibliography
  • prepare the final copy of your essay
        

The module is in three parts:

  1. The process: the multi-faceted nature of essay writing
  2. The argument: development and structure
  3. The mechanics of essay writing
        
     

Report writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to

  • understand the generic function and structure of reports
  • understand how different types of reports and their audiences influence the structure and style of the report
  • set out the information in your report
  • refer to any tables and graphs in your report in an effective way
  • use appropriate grammatical structures
        
This module is in 4 parts:
  1. Report writing overview
  2. Writing laboratory reports
  3. Writing accounting and finance reports
  4. Writing technical reports
      
      

Writing a synopsis

Learning objectives
By viewing these annotated model synopses, you will have a greater understanding of:

  • what a synopsis is
  • the type of information which should be included in a synopsis
        
This module is in 5 parts:
  1. Annotated History essay synopsis
  2. Annotated Management essay synopsis
  3. Annotated Civil Engineering technical report synopsis
  4. Annotated Engineering Management technical report synopsis
  5. Annotated Education research report synopsis
      
       

Editing your assignments

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • develop overall strategies for editing your assignments
  • edit your assignments for structural features
  • correct grammatical aspects of your work
  • comply with technical requirements
  • develop your own editing checklist
          
  1. Editing your assignments
      
      

Referencing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand the purpose of referencing at university
  • avoid plagiarism o incorporate quotations in your work correctly
  • reference works using either the in-text system of referencing or the notations system
  • present a reference list or bibliography
       
  1. Referencing
        
      

Maths

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • review basic mathematical skills
  • test your skills on practice questions
         

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Critical thinking

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand the importance and function of critical thinking at university
  • develop critical reading skills
  • apply critical thinking to your note-making
  • structure arguments and include critical analysis in your assignment writing
        
 The module is in three parts:
  1. Critical thinking: overview
  2. Critical reading and note-making
  3. Critical writing
     
       

Cohesive writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand the concept of cohesive writing
  • be familiar with the main language tools which create cohesion in writing.  These are:
    • conjunction (and, but, etc.)
    • reference (the people - they, etc.)
    • lexical cohesion (words that go together)
    • paragraph development
  • use these tools to create writing that flows and guides the reader
         
The module is in four parts:
  1. Conjunction: linking words
  2. Reference: tracing threads
  3. Lexical cohesion: words that go together
  4. Paragraph development: maintaining the focus
     
       

Annotated models of disciplinary essays

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand how a well written essay is structured
  • understand what a well written essay in your discipline is
  • use evidence to support and develop arguments
  • incorporate references in an essay o use academic language
        
This module is in 7 parts:
  1. Annotated History essay
  2. Annotated Modern Languages essay
  3. Annotated Philosophy essay
  4. Annotated Creative Arts essay
  5. Annotated Management essay
  6. Annotated Engineering essay
  7. Annotated Sociology essay
     
       

Research and thesis writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • learn about various research models
  • prepare a research proposal
  • structure your thesis and its chapters
  • write convincingly of your research outcomes and implications
       
This module is in 4 parts:
  1. Research Models and methods
  2. Developing a research proposal
  3. Thesis Structure guidelines
  4. Thesis Writing and persuasion
     
       

Common thesis structures

Other types of writing

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • understand the requirements and function of a case study, book review, annotated bibliography or literature review assignment
  • Understand the type of information which should be included in these assignment types
  • structure these assignment types
  • structure arguments and include critical analysis in your assignment writing
         
The module is in two parts:
  1. Writing a case study, book review or annotated bibliography
  2. Writing a literature review
     
       

Studying for examinations

Learning Objectives
This module will provide you with some guidelines and strategies to help you prepare for exams at university. The topics covered within this module include:

  • preparation for studying
  • planning your study sessions
  • summarising and studying subject content
  • exam techniques for:
- essay exams
- short answer exams
- multiple choice exams
      
  1. Studying for examinations      
      
       

Time management

Learning objectives
This module will help you to:

  • organise time for tutorial preparation, assignment writing, and exam preparation
  • establish study commitments for the semester
  • develop strategies to overcome obstacles to study
  • prioritise your time
       
  1. Time management

 

Last reviewed: 9 June, 2015

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