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ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021, 1st Semester
January – 2021
Programme Title: BMS, A&F, MM, BE, BIS
Module Title: Academic Skills in Practice
Module Code: GRM3000
Assessment Method: Reflective Learning Portfolio
Level: 3 Block: 1
Module Credits: 20 Weighting: 30%
Due Date: 24-Nov-2020, 12:00 AM Word Count: 1,200
Examiner(s): Esraa
Version: [No.]
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Module Title Module
JACS Subject Code(s)
and % of each subject
ASC Category(ies)
Academic Skills in Practice GRM3000 X220 50%
G100 50%
Level (3 to 8) Credits
ECTS Credit
Module Value (1=20
% Taught in
Module Type
3 20 10 1.0 0% Taught
Teaching Period (Term/Semester) Pre-requisites
Semester 1 None
Module Leader School(s)
Esraa Taha Gulf College Oman
Assessment Methods
Assessment Code
and Method
Duration/Length of
Assessment Method
Weighting of
Threshold Approximate Date
of Submission
PRES1 Group
Presentation on Library
800 words equivalent, 20
20% N/A Mid-Semester
CTEST1 In-Class Test 2 hours 50% N/A End of semester
WRIT1 Reflective
Learning Portfolio
1,200 words equivalent 30% N/A Mid-Semester
This module aims to develop and reinforce in students the skills required for success during their academic
studies and in the world of business through their practical application.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module, a student should be able to:
 Develop library and basic research skills including, note taking, online and computer searches,
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required to complete presentations, reports, essays etc
 Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately through both oral and written
 Achieve a greater level of independence in the process of learning
 Show evidence of reflective practice and personal development
Learning and Teaching Delivery Methods
Method Rationale Type of Contact
(scheduled/ guided
Lectures To enable core knowledge and understanding content to be
delivered to the whole module cohort
Scheduled 24
Seminars /
Tutorials /
To allow exploration of all aspects of module content
(knowledge, understanding, skills & other attributes) in an
interactive group setting
Scheduled 24
To enable students to independently develop their
understanding of the module concepts and to complete
formative & summative assessment activity
Independent Study 152
Total 200
Indicative Content
 Introduction to the skills developed in higher education and how they prepare students for the
world of work
 Research skills- searching for relevant material, locating and application
 Effective writing and presentation skills – why they count and how they can be developed
 Critical reading skills- understanding how to read effectively and with purpose for assignments and or
 Referencing- how to reference and its importance
 Communication skills- problem solving, active listening
 Becoming an independent learner
 Reflective practice – using models of reflection, reflective logs etc
Required Reading
 Cottrell, S (2010) Skills for success; the personal development planning handbook
Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan
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Recommended Reading
 Kirton B (2010) Brilliant Essays! What you need to know and how to do it Pearson Higher Education
 Burns,T and Sinfield S (2003) Essential study skills London; Sage
 Cameron S (2010) Business Students’ Handbook: Skills for Study and Employment Pearson Education
 Cottrell S (2008) The study skills handbook ( 3ed) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
 Cottrell S (2011) Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument (2 edn) Basingstoke:
Palgrave Macmillan
 BEDFORD, D. (2013). Study skills for foundation degrees. London: Routledge
 BOYD, C. (2014). Student Survival Skills. Hoboken: Wiley.
 BURNS,T and SINFIELD S. (2016). Essential study skills. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
 SWALES, J. and FEAK, C. (2017). Academic writing for graduate students. Ann Arbor: The University
of Michigan Press.
 CHIN, P,. (2013). Academic writing skills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Access to Specialist Requirements
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Gulf College – Faculty of Business and Management Studies – In academic
A. Written work
 A signed declaration that the work is your own (apart from otherwise referenced
acknowledgements) must be included after the reference page of your assignment
 Each page must be numbered.
 Where appropriate, a contents page, a list of tables/figures and a list of abbreviations should
precede your work.
 All referencing must adhere to School/Institutional requirements.
 A word count must be stated at the end of your work.
 Appendices should be kept to the minimum and be of direct relevance to the content of your
 All tables and figures must be correctly numbered and labelled.
B. Other types of coursework/assignments
 Where coursework involves oral presentations, discussions, poster presentations, etc.,
specific instructions will be provided by your module leader/team.
Rewrite below part just after the References of your assignment.
I, [Name of Student], hereby declare that the uploaded Reflective Learning Portfolio through Turnitin
is my own work. I affirm that this has been researched and completed in accordance with the college
rules and regulations on plagiarism.
I acknowledge the advice given by the module tutors on proper referencing to avoid plagiarism and
the rules on the academic unfair practice.
I acknowledge that I read and understand the plagiarism guide written at the end of this assessment.
Any academic misconduct will be handled according to the rules and regulations of the university.
[Name of Student]
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General instructions
Reflective Learning Portfolio must be submitted online through Turnitin before due date. An
acknowledgement will be given to you by your teacher upon presentation of the finance clearance.
This is your receipt, keep it.
The only circumstance in which assignments can be uploaded late via Turnitin is if a Mitigating
Circumstances (MC) form is submitted at the same time. In these circumstances work may be
submitted within five (5) working days. Make sure to secure MC form and submit the same to the
concerned staff.
Write the number of words used, excluding references, at the end of your assignment. Provide the
list of sources you used at the last page of your assignment with proper label ‘References’. You may
include diagrams, figures etc. without word penalty. The number of words will be + or – 10% of the
total words allowed.
A work declaration must be included just after the reference page of your assignment. This ensures
that you prepare your work in good faith. Any form of collusion and/or academic unfair practice will
be dealt with according to the pertinent rules and regulations of the partner university. Please read
carefully the plagiarism guide.
Assessment DetailsReflective Learning Portfolio
This Reflective Learning Portfolio comprises 30% of the total assessments marks. This will develop
the following skills:
 Analytical skills. The reflection report enables the students to analyse and evaluate the
benefits of the different activities done in the class. This skill will eventually help them
evaluate options necessary to make decisions in the workplace.
In addition, the assessment will test the following learning outcomes:
 Achieve a greater level of independence in the process of learning;
 Show evidence of reflective practice and personal development
 Develop library and basic research skills including, note taking, online and computer
searches, required to complete presentations, reports, essays etc.
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Assessment Task
Your task is to prepare 1800-word REPORT format that complies with the following topic and
In this reflective report students need to summaries their critical reflection on the topic
Transferable Skills.
Your reflective report should contain FIVE sections:
a. Introduction (200 words)
 Define the term Transferable Skills (provide citation) and discuss the importance of acquiring
Transferable Skills in college.
b. Your own Experiences ( 500 words)
Discuss in detail the experience you had in college. Your experience should focus on the following
important points:
 What are the Transferable Skills you would like to develop in college and why? (mention Three
 Provide a transferable skills development plan.
c. Career Plan (400 words)
This part should focus on your career plan. The following should be part of your discussion:
 Write about your career plan
 What are the transferable skills you need for career success (mention Three skills)
d. Conclusion (100 words)
Summarise the above discussion and provide a conclusion.
e. References
You must use at least FIVE academic sources. Include proper in-text citations and a reference list
at the end of your assignment. Follow the Harvard referencing style.
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GRM3000 – Academic Skills in Practice
AY: 2020-2021 / 1st Semester
Marking Scheme
Sound of English & Structure:
 Demonstrate the ability to produce a professional-looking report
appropriately structured and presented, including contents page,
numbered sub-headings, etc.
 Spelling, Grammar & Vocabulary Sentence Construction and Coherence.
 Define the term Transferable Skills (provide citation) (5 Marks)
 Discuss the importance of acquiring Transferable Skills (10 Marks)
Your own Experiences
 What are the Transferable Skills you would like to develop in college and
why? (15 Marks)
 Provide a transferable skills development plan (15 Marks)
Career Plan
 Write about your career plan (10 Marks)
 What are the transferable skills you need for career success? (15 Marks)
 Summary of the above discussion. (5
 Draw a conclusion (5
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Total 100
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1. Plagiarism, which can be defined as using without acknowledgement another person’s
words or ideas and submitting them for assessment as though it were one’s own work,
for instance by copying, translating from one language to another or unacknowledged
paraphrasing. Further examples of plagiarism are given below:
Use of any quotation(s) from the published or unpublished work of other persons,
whether published in textbooks, articles, the Web, or in any other format, which
quotations have not been clearly identified as such by being placed in quotation marks
and acknowledged.
Use of another person’s words or ideas that have been slightly changed or paraphrased
to make it look different from the original.
Summarising another person’s ideas, judgments, diagrams, figures, or computer
programmes without reference to that person in the text and the source in a bibliography
or reference list.
Use of services of essay banks and/or any other agencies.
Use of unacknowledged material downloaded from the Internet.
Re-use of one’s own material except as authorised by the department.
2. Collusion, which can be defined as when work that has been undertaken by or with others
is submitted and passed off as solely as the work of one person. This also applies where
the work of one candidate is submitted in the name of another. Where this is done with
the knowledge of the originator both parties can be considered to be at fault.
3. Fabrication of data, making false claims to have carried out experiments, observations,
interviews or other forms of data collection and analysis, or acting dishonestly in any
other way.
Plagiarism Detection Software (PDS)
As part of its commitment to quality and the maintenance of academic standards, the University
reserves the right to use Plagiarism Detection Software (PDS), including Turnitin. Such software
makes no judgment as to whether a piece of work has been plagiarised; it simply highlights
sections of text that have been found in other sources.
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The use of plagiarism detection software fulfills two functions. The first is to enhance student
learning (i.e. as a developmental tool); the second is to guard against and identify unfair practice
in assessment.
Further information and guidance can be found in the University’s policy on the Use of Plagiarism
Detection Software.

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