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IE0150 - Foundation Academic Thought in Arts and Science

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 on IE foundation programmes.

Planned timetable

To be arranged

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

Module coordinator

Miss L Fleming

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

Module Staff

Miss Lorna Fleming

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

Module description

The main aim of this module is to introduce students to the history and development of academic thought in both the arts and the sciences, which will enhance understanding of the key philosophical and analytical principles underpinning academic study. This will allow them to develop an appreciation of the reasoning behind common approaches and research methods, thus facilitating the transition from high school to university study. Students will build competence in a range of transferable skills, mainly the ability to balance reporting of information with analysis of key concepts and theories. This will support students in the preliminary stages of acquiring discipline-appropriate academic voice.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA

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

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.


2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2 lectures (X10 weeks), 1 tutorial (X10 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.