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IE0101 - Communicating in Academic Contexts 1

Academic year

2020 to 2021 (Semester 2, Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 6

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

This module will only be available to students who have been accepted onto the following international foundation programmes: Business (Management, Economics and Finance), Social Science and Humanities, Pathway to Medicine (September), International Year One Science, January International Foundation for Arts, or Pathway to Medicine and Science (January).

Planned timetable

To be arranged

This information is given as indicative. Timetable may change at short notice depending on room availability.

Module coordinator

Ms J E Taylorson

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module Staff

Ms Jennifer Taylorson

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module aims to develop students' awareness of spoken academic discourse. The module is aimed at students who already have a good general proficiency in English (CEFR B2), but who may not have been introduced to the style and conventions of academic spoken genres. In order to build proficiency, the module provides opportunity for students to practice communicating in these genres, to get feedback on their performance, and to reflect on their progress.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Coursework = 70%, Written Examination = 30%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 30%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 70%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.



Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2 seminars x 10 weeks; 3 directed study hours x 10 weeks; 1 office hour x 10 weeks

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to understand the main ideas, points of view, and key details of academic and professional presentations that are both propositionally and linguistically complex, provided they are delivered in standard spoken language and the topic is familiar (CEFR B2
  • Give clear descriptions, express viewpoints and develop arguments, without much conspicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms (CEFR B2; SCQF 6.4).
  • Lead seminars by working collaboratively with peers to facilitate participants' understanding of concepts through discussion and debate guided by logically sequenced questioning (CEFR B2
  • Obtain, organise and use factual or theoretical information for describing, comparing and contrasting processes, problems and solutions and explaining a viewpoint (SCQF 6.1).
  • Demonstrate flexibility in the use of language and structures for oral communication in an academic context i.e. seminars and presentations (CEFR B2 5.2.1).