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FILM8002 Advanced Skills Portfolio

Module Overview

This is a portfolio of evidence supplied by the student that they have achieved or addressed a number of desired milestones in research activity, some related directly to their research and others pertaining to more general aspects of academia. Students should complete a number of activities and then submit a portfolio which lists and comments on these. This should not be longer than 4,000 words. In the case of referral the student has to rewrite their portfolio and commentary.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Advanced Skills Portfolio is a means of the iPhD student aiming for and achieving a number of goals that relate to advanced research and academic activities.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • understand the culture surrounding university research, its presentation and aspects of academic employment and achivement.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • the ability to collaborate and achieve within a peer group, present material and engage in self-promotion.


There is no syllabus as such, merely a number of activities that the student should aim to complete. These could include conference-going and presentation, outreach and publication, among other things. In discussion with their supervisor the student should aim to have at least six activities in the portfolio, and should select three as the ones they judge to be the most important for their future career. The documentation of each activity should include a detailed commentary by the student.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The student does independent research and achieves the skill objectives and writes the document to be assessed with guidance from a supervisor. The module requires 150 hours of independent research from the student of which 4-6 hours will be tutorials.

Guided independent study150
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

The portfolio is assessed by two members of staff. This module is completed by the end of the iPhD student's third year and consists of a number of achievements listed and discussed in a written document.


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio with supporting report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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