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LFBM101 Academic and Employability Skills October intake 2020
Canvas & JIRA Deadline: Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 2.00 PM
Module Leader: Simon Kent
By the end of this module successful students will be better able to do the following:
1 Gain knowledge and understanding of the essential study skills necessary for students in Higher
2 Access and select appropriate information independently;
3 Reflect upon their skills development, career aspirations and personal goals;
4 Present information with clarity;
5 Select and employ appropriate IT and digital communications tools.
K1. Demonstrate understanding within the field of this course.
K2. Have awareness of the essential study skills necessary for students in Higher Education.
S1. Reflect and identify on personal and professional developments.
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This assessment will examine all learning outcomes specified in the module.
Assessment Total Marks: 100% REQUIREMENTS:
In order to pass the module, you will need to keep a regular reflective journal on your experiences
and feelings about the sessions via the e-portfolio tool Mahara.
You will then need to select entries to put together in a document for submission as below. (2000
words + / – 10% ie 1800-2200 words)
Guidance on both Mahara and suggestions on how to structure your journal entries so they cover
the requirements were given in the first session.
You are required to write a 2,000 words reflection of your experiences on this module which should
include (but not restricted to)
1. What you have learned in the module
2. The specific skills you have acquired.
3. What difficulties you encountered in the study of the module and what in your estimation
4. How were you able to overcome the difficulties and what strategies you found helpful?
Assessment Regulations For further information regarding Assessment Regulations,
extenuating circumstances or extensions and academic integrity, please refer to your Programme
Handbook on the University of Sunderland in London information page on Canvas.
Please access your reading list from the library website. To access it, please go to
https://moduleresources.sunderland.ac.uk/ and search for your module.
There are currently two steps that you need to follow to ensure that you successfully submit your
work for marking. All assignments are subject to the University’s regulations on collusion and
plagiarism and must be submitted in electronic form for checking on Canvas for Turnitin and the
Turnitin report must be submitted to JIRA along with your assignment. Your submission links will
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become available approximately 3 weeks prior to your submission deadline, along with detailed
instructions on how to submit your assignment, but in the meantime please feel free to also watch
this Assignment Submission Instructions video.
You will be marked in accordance to the University of Sunderland assessment criteria attached
below. The assessment criteria covers; Relevance, Knowledge, Analysis, Argument and Structure,
Critical Evaluation, Presentation, Reference to Literature.
Argument and Structure
Reference to Literature
The work examined is exemplary and provides clear evidence of a complete grasp of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification.
There is also unequivocal evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that
the work will be exemplary in all the categories cited above. It will demonstrate a particularly compelling evaluation, originality, and elegance of argument, interpretation or
The work examined is excellent and demonstrates comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There is also excellent
evidence showing that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are fully satisfied. At this level it is expected that the work will be excellent in
the majority of the categories cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument, interpretation or discourse.
The work examined is of a high standard and there is evidence of comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. There
is clearly articulated evidence demonstrating that all the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that level are satisfied At this level it is expected that the
standard of the work will be high in the majority of the categories cited above or by demonstrating particularly compelling evaluation and elegance of argument,
interpretation or discourse.
Directly relevant to
of the assessment
showing a clear
grasp of themes,
clear and orderly,
problems in a
Generally coherent and
logically structured, using
an appropriate mode of
May contain some
may begin to
in relation to theory
and the application of
practice in a work
Well written, with
and grammar, in a
readable style with
Critical appraisal of up-to
date and/or appropriate
literature. Recognition of
Very good use of source
material. Uses a range of
Some attempt to
may drift away
from this in less
knowledge of a fair
range of relevant
evidence of an
appreciation of its
may be prone to
description, or to
which does not
problems in a
Some attempt to construct
a coherent argument, but
may suffer loss of focus
and consistency, with
issues at stake stated only
vaguely, or theoretical
mode(s) couched in
Sound work which
expresses a coherent
problem-solving in a
work context only in
broad terms and in
to one or more
standard views of the
written, with only
minor lapses from
Uses a variety of literature
which includes some
recent texts and/or
though not necessarily
including a substantive
amount beyond library
texts. Competent use of
but there are
the subject but
limited range of
little evidence of
links to solutions
of problems in a
A basic argument is
evident, but mainly
supported by assertion
and there may be a lack
of clarity and coherence
Some evidence of a
view and a very basic
evaluation of the
approaches to problem
solving in a work context
starting to be formed
A simple basic style
but with significant
format that may
pose obstacles for
Some up-to-date and/or
used. Goes beyond the
material tutor has provided.
Limited use of sources to
support a point.
Relevance to the
may be very
may be reduced to
its vaguest and
understanding of a
narrow range of
linking analysis to
problems in a
Little evidence of coherent
development and may be
repetitive or thin
derivative: the writer’s
paraphrase and does
to solving problems in
a work context.
writer may achieve
clarity (if at all) only
by using a simplistic
or repetitious style
Barely adequate use of
literature. Over reliance
on material provided by
The evidence provided shows that the majority of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied – For Compensation consideration.
The work examined provides insufficient evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence provided
shows that some of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in some of the indicators.
The work examined is unacceptable and provides little evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The evidence
shows that few of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in several of the indicators.
The work examined is unacceptable and provides almost no evidence of the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the Level of the qualification. The
evidence fails to show that any of the learning outcomes and responsibilities appropriate to that Level are satisfied. The work will be weak in the majority or all of the