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LANG1019 Academic Skills for International Students

Module Overview

This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a UK Higher Education environment at the University of Southampton. The module will set out clearly what we expect of you at undergraduate level and equip you with the resources to be able to meet expectations in this environment. We will introduce you to the relevant academic conventions, and offer guidance on study skills and strategies which will enhance previously acquired skills and complement the advice given in content modules. This professional skills set is transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but also in your further education and employment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Identify major differences and expectations within different academic environments and contexts. - Introduce you to the academic culture at University of Southampton. - Introduce you to the key academic skills and attributes required to succeed at university. - Boost your confidence in your ability to succeed. - Underpin the research/independent learning carried out for other modules.

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 undergraduate.
  • Why Academic Integrity (acting with honesty and responsibility in one's own Academic Work) 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.
  • Critique published work.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Reflect critically upon your academic progress.
  • Read, take notes and write in an appropriate and consistent academic style.
  • Identify, assess and use appropriate sources.
  • Employ key independent learning skills.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse your own work in light of marking criteria.
  • Analyse, review and take action on feedback independently.
  • Identify subject specific sources.
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical strategies.
  • Employ critical researching skills.
  • Efficiently and effectively identify reliable sources appropriate for your discipline.
  • Reflect on your individual learning styles and employ methods to aid your own learning.
  • Implement strategies for learning such as time-management, organisation, planning and motivation.
  • Employ appropriate referencing conventions.


This module will typically cover: - Introduction to independent learning. - Learning resources. - Developing awareness of critical thinking in your seminar skills. - Researching skills. - Referencing. - Using feedback and reflection. - Active learning. - Time-management, organisation and motivation. - Critically assessing resources. - Essay planning and academic writing. - Exam strategies.

Special Features

This module is specifically designed to support international students. You will have more teaching hours at times when crucial skills need to be developed.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning activities to include: - Workshop sessions, which will include elements of lecture, seminar, group meetings and discussion/interactive learning. - Computing practicals.

Preparation for scheduled sessions126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Pears, R., and Shields, G (2010). Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide. 

Reinders, H., Moore, N., and Lewis, M. (2008). The International Student Handbook. 

Northedge, A. (2005). The Good Study Guide. 

Lowes, R., Peters, H., and Turner, M. (2004). The International Student’s Guide: Studying English at University. 


Assessment Strategy

This is a not an assessed module.

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