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Level 4

4AAT1000 Study Skills


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas
Assessment: One one-hour class test (40%) and one 2,500-word essay (60%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: One two-hour weekly lecture over ten weeks
Pre-requisites: none

This is a 15-credit module for all new (level 4) students in TRS. The module will introduce students to the skills necessary for the study of subjects offered in TRS. It will develop students' capacity to read texts with understanding, write essays in good, clear academic English, avoid plagiarism and the like. Generic and subject-specific skills are studied and practised in different weeks of the module.

Further information

Module aims

The module aims to provide students with an introduction to both generic and discipline-specific study skills in the subjects taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies TRS).


An introduction to:

  • academic English, including attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation;
  • writing an academic essay;
  • referencing, including plagiarism and its avoidance;
  • construction of a bibliography.

Discipline specific

For each discipline taught in TRS (philosophy, theology, anthropology of religion etc.) an introduction to:

  • how to approach reading of texts;
  • how to approach the writing of an essay.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • be better equipped to write essays and related material (e.g., summaries of primary material) in good, clear English (including in this referencing and related matters);
  • be able to tackle a variety of writing assignments of the kind set in TRS with increased confidence;
  • demonstrate that they have begun to be able to read texts of the kind they will be required to tackle in TRS in an empathetic and critical fashion;
  • reflect self-critically on the quality of the work they produce and identify the basis for, and criteria employed by, academic judgements on their work.
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