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IE0201 - Communicating in Academic Contexts 2

Academic year

2020-2021 (Summer before start of session, Semester 2)

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 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

The module is aimed at students who already have a good general proficiency in English (High CEFR B2 moving to CEFR C1). It aims to support students to 1) develop a thorough understanding of Good Academic Practice (GAP) and how to apply this knowledge to their own work, 2) develop an understanding of basic processes involved in carrying out research, 3) communicate effectively through the academic presentation genre, and 4) further develop skills for listening in academic contexts.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

1.5-hour Written Examination = 30%, Coursework = 70%

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 12 weeks; 3 directed study hours x 12 weeks; 1 office hour x 12 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.