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SP50293: Critical skills for international development and policy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group A: CW Group Presentation (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assessment Group A: CW OP-ED Piece (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assessment Group A: CW Literature Review (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assessment Group B: CW 100% Alternative Assessment (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To identify, summarize and process relevant information from diverse sources in response to a question or topic.
* To work within tight deadlines.
* To think critically.
* To structure an argument, anticipate and respond to objections.
* To formulate a question and respond to it.
* To work independently and within a group.
* To make an effective presentation and communicate to an audience.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able:
* To find relevant information on a subject or in response to a question within set deadlines.
* To provide a coherent, brief and structured summary of identified sources.
* To frame an argument, anticipate and respond to objections.
* To think critically and challenge received opinions.
* To work in a group.
* To communicate a message effectively to an audience.


* Cross-cultural and interpersonal sensitivity (T/F)
* Effective oral communication (T/F/A)
* Ability to select, summarise & synthesise written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
* Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team (T/F/A)
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A)
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F)
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance (T/F).

The unit will be run over the first 5 weeks of Semester 1 and a one-week block in week six of Semester One. It has two major aims:
* To prepare students for essay writing and successful completion of post-graduate study in international development and public policy.
* To develop students' skills to enable them to increase their effectiveness as professionals in international development and policy.
The structure will be as follows:
* Part 1 (5 weeks): Finding and reviewing literature
* Constructing a structured argument: Communicating a message
* Part 2 (week long): Group work and presentations:
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50293 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences