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Academic Skills Portfolio (ACSK4001)
This is your Academic Skills ONLINE Portfolio. Please save a copy on your computer and back it up regularly (e.g. by saving it on your computer / in the cloud (e.g. Google Drive) / emailing it to yourself. You will receive a printed copy which you should bring to all lectures and tutorials. However, at the end of the course, you need to submit this electronic copy. Please refer to suggested word counts for each task included within this portfolio.
The deadline for uploading the online portfolio is:
Write the names of the students in your study group here:
Assessed Learning Outcomes:
Below is a list of the skills you will need during your university and professional career. Tick (✓) the appropriate box for each skill, according to how well you think you can do this.
Do not know about this
Find this difficult/ can’t do this
Can partially do this
Can do this well
Looking for information
Identify which books/journals/websites to use
Select relevant parts of a text
Acknowledge sources of information
Synthesize information from more than one source
Write a reference list correctly
Plan written work
Link ideas effectively
Paraphrase & summarise ideas
Write an introduction
Write a conclusion
Critically edit written work
Work independently (without lecturers)
Work as part of a (study) group
Give a presentation on my work
Brainstorm ideas with peers
Discuss written work in a tutorial
Deal effectively with questions
Access the internet
Use search engines
Create word documents
[Things within my control]
[Personal barriers; things stopping me, but still within my control]
4 Top 5 Strengths/talents (Gallup test):
[People, resources, opportunities]
[Things outside of my control]
Week 3: Presenting and analysing data
As a group, you are now going to visually present the data you were given to highlight what you believe are the most important points. Decide with your group what you think is the best way of presenting the data in order for it to be: a) effective given your context, and b) engaging for your audience.
Remember to correctly reference your data!
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Week 3: Written analysis of Data
Using your data, first discuss, and then plan how to present the following information (1-6). Make notes next to each bullet point:
Individually write your data analysis as a paragraph (approx. 300 words). Remember to refer to the graph/chart you made.
In your study groups, evaluate 3 different text from your reading list, or ones you have found. During class your lecturer will give you questions to guide you through this process.
(book, journal, video)
Further notes/ comments
In groups of 2 or 3: you are going to discuss the similarities and difference or different texts. You each need to read and understand a text, tell your group about it, and make notes.
Write (in note form) the key ideas for the 3 different texts:
Individually: write up a paragraph which synthesises (combines) the ideas you talked about with your study group. Remember to include in-text citations and link your ideas using linking words! (Suggested word count: 200 words).
Week 6: Structuring your writing
During your tutorial you will learn how to group ideas and develop paragraphs to give structure to your academic writing. Using the assignment outline in your paper portfolio will help you to do this.
In this box, include a plan/ outline for your academic writing (report or essay):
At university, you are often asked to present your research. In week 9 you will deliver a short 10-minute presentation (7 minutes delivery + 3 minutes for Qs) in class to a small group.
Below plan your presentation: (e.g. a screen shot of your PowerPoint slides
Knowledge and understanding of the subject
B. Demonstrates independent reading and research.
C. Has an understanding of conducting primary research (appropriate to level 4).
D. Has a convincing introduction, arguments/ discussion and conclusion for the written assignment.
E. Demonstrates an understanding of the subject material related to programme of study.
Cognitive/ Intellectual skills
F. Clear and logical argument/ discussion and structure.
G. Shows evidence of applying critical thought to a range of tasks.
H. Has backed up discussion/ arguments with evidence.
Graduate skills for Life and employment.
J. Insightful reflection on own strengths and weaknesses.
K. Effective written communication skills (e.g. have they written in an appropriate academic style?) is the report/essay format successful? Is the reflective writing appropriately written? Is it professional?
L. Effective visual presentation.
Type 3 short bullet points here:
Areas of improvement:
At University and work you’ll often be asked to provide feedback, and reflect on your performance and that of your peers and colleagues. Using the table below, write notes about your presentation. You should include any points of interest in your reflective writing task in section 1.
Your groups’ comment
(How clear, complete and informative was the presentation?)
(How enjoyable / interesting did the audience find it?)
(How well-structured was it? How well did the visuals support it?)
(How slick and professional was it?)
(What could you do better in future presentations?)
You have reached the end of the course. Tick the appropriate box for each skill, according to how well you think you can do this now. Has anything changed? This should help inform your reflective summary.
Specific- Measurable- Achievable- Realistic- Timescale- (SMART)
During your university and professional career you will be asked to write a PDP, or set your own objectives. This PDP (below) should include goals for the development of your Academic skills after the completion of the module. Be specific when setting your goals and how you will achieve and measure them (use SMART).
Completed when by?
To improve my ability to write in an academic style
To record useful academic vocabulary when reading academic texts. To use appropriate language when I write an assignment
Feedback from peers and lecturers.
You are the CEO of a business. Write a short business report (900 words) to your local government based on The UK’s withdrawal from The European Union, and how this will impact on your area of interest/business.
*You can find more guidance regarding this topic (including reading lists) on GSM learn
As this is a report, you can include the following features: subheadings, bullet points, charts and graphs.
You are a member of The Law Society. You have been asked to publish an essay (900 words) in the Law Society magazine based on The UK’s withdrawal from the EU (you can access your reading list via GSM Learn).
As this is an essay you should write in full sentences and paragraphs
Summary (all students)
In both academic and professional settings you’ll often be asked to reflect on your learning and/or work experience. Write a 300-word reflective summary (using Gibbs’ reflective model to help guide you) about your experience of the Academic Skills module and what you have learned.
Remember to write in full sentences and use paragraphs