Careful and explicit consideration needs to be given to where and when students will be provided opportunities to learn, practice and develop personal confidence in their ability to employ specific skills incrementally throughout the course. These skills support progression on the course and enable development of the attributes required by students on the next step on their learning or career journey. Follow the principles below whilst 'mapping-out' skills and attributes.
One of the most significant development requirements for the majority of our students is their need to develop the ability to express themselves academically. This involves a combination of skills and abilities that will enable the students to bring together their learning, research findings, critical thought, and conclusions in a format and form that is academically sound and logically constructed.
Course teams need to recognise this in the design of their course, integrating specific opportunities for such learning and development into all levels of their provision. As depicted in the FHEQ level outcomes (see section on Learning Outcomes), students are expected to demonstrate learning in their abilities to express themselves:
Students will need to be taught the meaning of these levels of achievement, provided with ample opportunities to explore ‘good’ examples, and possibly critique poorer examples, in order to develop their personal understanding of the expectations on them for academic expression.
Most subject areas will employ a subject specific vocabulary with which students are expected to become proficient in understanding and employing. However, many roles that students will progress to will require then to communicate with those unfamiliar with this vocabulary, and courses should seek to equip their students with the skills required to communicate effectively in such scenarios.Visual creativity.