Module code: POL1015

Module Overview

This module introduces students to a range of basic research and study skills. Particular emphasis is placed on research planning and writing, focusing on structure, critical thought, language skills and time management. Students are encouraged to understand the link between research and study skills and their ability to progress and excel in their academic study but also to see the connection to Personal Development Planning activities.

Module provider


Module Leader

MIDDLETON AF Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: X200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

How to reference
What to expect from feedback and how to use it
Formulating research questions
How to research
Critical thinking
Research methods

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ARTICLE REVIEW (800 WORDS) 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


A variety of research skills, from reviewing articles, to writing research questions and critically engaging with literature.

Their skills in identifying relevant literature to support their argument

Arguing and rationalising the choices they make

Engagement with academic literature


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Article review – 30% 800 words Week 6

·         Research question – 30% 800 words Week 10

·         Methodology review – 40% 1000 words Jan deadline


Formative assessment and feedback

Verbal feedback in tutorials and lectures

Drop-in sessions after assessments returned

Module aims

  • Introducing students to a range of study and research skills
  • Helping students to identify useful resources to aid skills development
  • Helping students to understand the connection between acquiring skills and a successful academic and professional life
  • Identifying opportunities to apply and develop skills
  • Developing key and transferable skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the relationship between good study and research skills and completion and attainment of a good degree in the Politics and International Relations disciplines.
2 Development of knowledge and understanding of key and transferable skills, including the ability to apply them effectively.
3 Students should be able to deliver a critical reflection of learning processes.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Give students confidence in studying Politics

Ensure that students are well-prepared for their studies

Enable students to use feedback from module leaders effectively

Provide students with transferrable skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lecures – 11 hours
Seminars – 11 hours
Class discussions
Interactive voting sessions – 2 hours
Library session – 1 hour

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for POLITICAL RESEARCH & STUDY SKILLS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1015

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.