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ARTD6114 Professional and Academic Skills 2

Module Overview

This module is one of the compulsory modules on your programme that provide you with a deeper engagement with the academic and professional skills to support the preparation of your Final Project work. The module encourages you to engage directly with the range of physical and online library resources necessary to promote advanced level research skills. The module will provide opportunities to develop your academic literacy and proposal writing skills through planned workshops/lectures/seminars. Additionally the teaching helps you develop the personal and professional organisational and self-management attributes that are associated with professional practice. You will be able to participate in arranged English language sessions, as part of the University’s mission to enhance academic student support.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • good academic practice underpinning the research process from design to completion;
  • contemporary issues relevant to the creative industries.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage in advanced critical thinking to prepare for and plan a research project;
  • conduct research and enquiry applying appropriate research methods to data collection and reporting.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • design and deliver work of a professional standard that considers relevant ethical obligations.


Academic and Information Literacy • Engaging with discipline-specific literature • Library catalogues and databases • Internet gateways and portals • Reading and writing critically • Structuring an argument • Editing your work • Referencing and academic integrity • Research ethics and using ERGO Research Design • Designing a research question • Methodologies to test the question • Synthesising your findings • The structure of a research proposal • Designing and implementing your proposal • Timelines and task management Professional skills • Self evaluation • Self-direction

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures • academic study skills sessions • tutor-led seminars • tutorials • case study analysis • visiting lecturers Learning activities include • independent learning, including reflection and evaluation of feedback • group projects and formative collaborative tasks • problem-solving activities • optional study visits • independent research • using online reference material and tutorial notes • peer-group learning • class discussions

Independent Study174
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Gray, C, & Malins, J. (2004). Visualizing Research: A Guide To The Research Process In Art And Design. 

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Jackson P. R. (2015). Management & Business Research. 

Cottrell, S. (2013). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Cottrell, S. (2015). Skills For Success: Personal Development And Employability. 


Bilton, C. and Cummings, S (2014). Handbook of Management and Creativity. 



Research outline


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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