Week 1 2011 introduction to academic literacy


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Week 1 2011 introduction to academic literacy

  1. 1. Academic Literacy MPharmacy   2011
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Academic Literacy 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Academic English for MPharmacy </li></ul><ul><li>What you already know </li></ul><ul><li>Course content </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes </li></ul>
  3. 3. Academic Literacy 2010 Course design <ul><li>In a typical week, you will: </li></ul><ul><li>participate in a one and a half hour class/workshop </li></ul><ul><li>work on a collaborative coursework project </li></ul><ul><li>complete individual homework tasks </li></ul>
  4. 4. Academic English for MPharmacy <ul><li>During your MPharmacy course you will use Academic English skills for: </li></ul><ul><li>course work and exams (years 1-4) </li></ul><ul><li>your research project, report and oral presentation (year 4) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Academic English skills: writing <ul><li>Using academic conventions </li></ul><ul><li>Referring to sources </li></ul><ul><li>Quoting and paraphrasing </li></ul><ul><li>Note taking and summarising </li></ul><ul><li>Planning, drafting and editing </li></ul><ul><li>Writing clear and well-structured paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Improving text organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that texts ‘flow’ </li></ul><ul><li>Improving grammar and accuracy </li></ul>
  6. 6. What you already know about writing <ul><li>What was the last piece of extended (academic) writing you did? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you enjoy writing it? </li></ul><ul><li>What did you find difficult about it? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assessment: w riting skills <ul><li>Collaborative essay </li></ul><ul><li>20% of total marks </li></ul><ul><li>Semester week 12/ Friday 16/12/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Your ability to write both collaboratively and individually will be assessed in this task. </li></ul><ul><li>Written review </li></ul><ul><li>20% of total marks </li></ul><ul><li>Semester week 5/ Friday 28/10/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Your ability to select appropriate information and put it into your own words will be assessed in this task. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Academic English skills: speaking <ul><li>Participating in group discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing and delivering presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting information from notes and diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking accurately, fluently and confidently </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking in an appropriate style </li></ul>
  9. 9. What you already know about speaking in a formal context <ul><li>Have you ever done a presentation? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever spoken to a large group of people? </li></ul><ul><li>What went well? </li></ul><ul><li>What was difficult about it? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Assessment: presentation skills <ul><li>Presentation skills </li></ul><ul><li>20% of total marks </li></ul><ul><li>Semester week 11 in class </li></ul><ul><li>Group presentation </li></ul><ul><li>The marks will be split between group and individual marks: all students will be assessed individually on their speaking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  11. 11. Academic English skills: reading <ul><li>Developing strategies for effective reading </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesising information from a variety of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Reading critically </li></ul>
  12. 12. What you already know about reading in an academic context <ul><li>4 000 000 books in the John Rylands Library . . . </li></ul><ul><li>What challenges do you face in finding the information you need? </li></ul><ul><li>What sources of information, in addition to books, do you need to consider? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Testing <ul><li>Test 1 </li></ul><ul><li>15% of total marks </li></ul><ul><li>  Semester week 7/ in class </li></ul><ul><li>Final exam </li></ul><ul><li>  25% of total marks </li></ul><ul><li>  Semester week 12/ Stopford Theatre 1, 16.00-18.00 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Learning outcomes <ul><li>Write a well-structured account of an issue related to pharmacy, drawing on relevant sources, and adhering to conventions used in the discipline. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate an ability to make an interesting and effective presentation, deploying a wide range of skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the ability to make a full and positive contribution to a group project. </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively complete examinations and other coursework requirements within the stipulated timeframes. </li></ul>