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L1. Develop skills in the use of academic research, resources and referencing


Study Skills (IFP 202122 T3)

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Assessment Instructions

Assessment Task – what do I need to do?

Write about the following topic:

To try to reduce absenteeism, some companies have focused on developing employee engagement programmes.

To what extent do you think this is a good idea or not?

Support your ideas with reference to appropriate academic research. 

Word Count – how many words do I need to write?

1000 words (+ / - 10%), excluding your reference list.

Format – what format should I present my work in?

Your essay should be typed as a Microsoft Word document using the following format:

  • an appropriate font, such as Arial, Tahoma, Calibri
  • size 11 font
  • line spacing 1.5

Your essay should not include any images unless they are directly  relevant to answering the question and you discuss them in your work.

Cover Sheet

You should complete, attach (or copy/paste) the cover sheet for this assessment as the first page of your work.  This cover sheet can be found in the Study Skills module in Aula on the Materials > Module Assessment page.

Deadline – when do I need to submit my assessment?

Friday 22nd July 2022, 10pm

Submission – how do I submit my assessment?


You must upload your document via the relevant link in the Assignments section of the Study Skills module in Aula.  Your tutor will give you guidance.  Please do not email your assessment to your Module Tutor without their prior permission.

Assessment Criteria and Grading

Assessment Purpose – what does this assessment test?

This assessment is related to the following module Learning Outcomes:

  • L1. Develop skills in the use of academic research, resources and referencing.
  • L2. Construct essays in an academic format
  • L3. Identify appropriate study skills

Assessment Criteria -how will I be assessed?

Your essay will be assessed according to:

  • Content, Research and Evaluation
  • Structure and Cohesion
  • Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Referencing Skills

You tutor will give you further guidance about how your essay will be assessed.

Grade – how will my assessment be graded?

The grade for this assessment will be given as a percentage (i.e. the maximum grade is 100%).

Weighting:  what % of my overall grade for this module is this assessment?

The essay counts for 50% of the Study Skills module (the other 50% is your Study Skills Presentation).

Pass Grade – what is the pass grade for this assessment and for the module?

The minimum pass grade for the Study Skills module is 40% overall (i.e. the average of both module assessments), with no less than 30% in each individual assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity


Any work that you submit must be your own and the use of sources must be referenced appropriately. 

Any work that is deemed to be plagiarised or not the student’s own work will not be marked and will not count towards the final module grade.  Any work found to be plagiarised may result in the student being suspended from the programme.  Please refer to the UWS Plagiarism Procedure for more information.

Please note that your work will be submitted via the Turnitin plagiarism detection software in Aula.

Referencing Sources – what referencing style should I use?

You should use the Harvard ‘Cite Them Right’ referencing style to reference all the sources of information that you refer to in your work.

Full details are available in the UWS Referencing Guidelines.

Additional Information

Extenuating Circumstances – what if I can’t submit my assessment on time?

If you encounter circumstances that prevent you from submitting your assessment on time, you should speak to you Module Tutor or your Personal Tutor. 

You may also be able to make a submission for Extenuating Circumstances.  Please refer to the University Guide to Extenuating Circumstances for more information.

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