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GENG0014 Routes to Success

Module Overview

Studying is not simply about transferring a set of facts from lecturer to students, but about developing yourself as an individual and recognising that you are responsible for your own learning. Knowledge in the 21st century is fast moving and in such a knowledge economy, where the shelf life of much knowledge is short, you will be expected to be a lifelong learner. In order to do this, you need to a resilient learner, understand how you best learn and reflect on how you can improve. This module will help you actively engage with this process. “We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” Marcel Proust (French novelist 1871 – 1922)

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Enhance your ability to study in an efficient and effective manner. • Introduce you to HE study methods and requirements. • Introduce you to problem solving and solution checking techniques. • Help you develop your potential as an HE student.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The requirements for academic integrity.
  • How to approach problem solving in a structured way.
  • How to receive, evaluate and reflect on feedback on your progress in HE.
  • How to use a set of resources to make progress with your learning.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage your own learning.
  • Apply structured methods to solve problems.
  • Apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Use IT to support your learning.
  • Make a critical evaluation of evidence.


Introduction to the Module Duration: 1 Lecturer: John Mills Ground rules for the module and understanding the assessment. Getting Started in HE Duration: 5 weeks Lecturer: John Mills An introduction to what is expected of you as an HE student and how to start making progress quickly and efficiently. Making progress Duration: 6 weeks Lecturer: Mike Hogg (Engineering Foundation Year students) or David Read (Science Foundation Year students) Thinking about the problem - an introduction to structured problem solving; thinking about the solution - an introduction to finding and correcting errors Sustaining Success Duration: 5 weeks Lecturer: Su White How to keep making good progress in your studies: continued motivation, dealing with gaps in knowledge, planning for Year 1, monitoring progress.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Self-study activities • Portfolio development • Research Exercise Teaching methods include • Tutorials/Workshops

Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Completion of assessment task30
Follow-up work48
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sands, David (2004). Studying physics. 

Polya, G. (1948). How to solve it. 

University of Southampton Academic Skills web site.

Kahn, Peter (2001). Studying mathematics and its applications. 

Maier, P., Barney A., Price, G. (2009). Study Skills for Science, Engineering & Technology Students. 

Barrass R (1996). Scientists Must Write. 


Assessment Strategy

Note: The research exercise and production of the research poster forms part of the Coursework module assessment. You should see the document “Required Coursework” for more information. Referral Policy: Referred students will be asked to complete a number of assessment tasks sufficient to demonstrate they have achieved those learning outcomes not met on the first attempt. Method of repeat year: The module may be taken as an internal repeat only. In order to be able to repeat externally, you must have already attained a pass in this module (at least 60%).


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral examination 33.34%
Portfolio 33.33%
Portfolio 33.33%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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