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LANG1017 Academic Skills for ML students

Module Overview

This module is designed to ease the transition from A-level to the first year of a single or combined honours degree programme by setting out clearly what we expect of you at undergraduate level and equipping you with the resources to be able to operate at university level. We will introduce you to the relevant academic conventions and offer guidance on study skills which will enhance previously acquired skills and complement the advice given in ML content modules

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• introduce you to the academic culture of Modern Languages at Southampton University • introduce you to the key academic skills and attributes required to succeed at university • boost your confidence in your ability to succeed

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • what is expected of an ML undergraduate
  • why academic integrity is important
  • the assessment process from planning the piece of work to responding to feedback
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • make connections between the ways in which you approach your studies and the academic outcomes
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • reflect upon your academic progress
  • read, take notes and write in an academic manner
  • identify, assess and use appropriate sources
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse your own work in light of the ML marking criteria
  • identify subject specific sources


The module will take the form of four short lectures at the beginning of Semester 1 focusing on reading and note taking, academic writing, academic integrity and responding to feedback. The follow up sessions are intended to resolve problems and issues encountered by students in the first half of the semester.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Short lectures/tutor presentations

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

PRICE G & MAIER, P (2007). Effective Study Skills. 

COTTRELL,S (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 


Assessment Strategy

There is no assessment

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