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IE0205 - Research and Writing for Pathway to Medicine/Science 1

Academic year

2020 to 2021 (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

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

Available to students enrolled on the January Foundation Intake Pathway to Medicine/Science

Planned timetable

To be arranged

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

Module coordinator

Mr J Hughes

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

Module Staff

Mr John Hughes

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

Module description

Through discussion of texts and the completion of tasks, you will extend your vocabulary, learn how to evaluate the reliability of texts and know how to incorporate other people's ideas within academic writing while allowing your own voice to come through. Other tasks, ask you to analyse models of practice and engage with error correction feedback. Using database research and discipline specific referencing will be addressed through library based workshops. You will be assessed through one formative, two summative pieces of work and an exam. Active participation is expected in all classes, however, it is expected that you will continue to learn outside the classroom. Attendance at all classes is compulsory. Please bring your laptop to every class. You are required to complete all elements of assessed work, both formative and summative.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 50%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 50%

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 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.