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IE0102 - Research & Writing for Business 1

Academic year

2020-2021 (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

Excluded from the Advising system

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 enrolled on the International Foundation Programme for Business (management, Economics and Finance).

Planned timetable

To be arranged

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

Module coordinator

Mr A P Duncan

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

Module Staff

Mr Alan Duncan

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 focuses on developing the core reading and writing skills required for success in an academic context. Topics, texts and tasks will be closely related to aspects of Business in order to ensure that the development of students' language and skills is set within the context of the academic disciplines that they are most likely to go on to study at undergraduate level. Acquiring strength and confidence in these skills will prepare students for using them in more effective and integrated ways, which will support them in the increased challenge of Researching and Writing for Business 2 in Semester Two and beyond. In addition to core skills, students will also develop a greater understanding of and ability to use a richer and more accurate lexical and grammatical range throughout their written work.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Coursework = 60%, Written Examination = 40%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 40%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 60%

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.


Written Examination = 100%

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.