This is Aston University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you can find information about each of your modules, details about assessment, course materials which your lecturer may upload and much more. You will find that it is essential to use blackboard in order to manage your studies.
This is a skill which you will be required to demonstrate within your university studies and this includes a range of thinking skills:
iii) application of knowledge
v) development of ideas
More information on critical thinking can be found through the following links:
a non compulsory module which a student may study at university but still gain credit for
a first year university student
This is an event which introduces you to university life. It is an opportunity to learn about the social
Working as a group provides students with the opportunity to practice and develop their critical skills with other members on the same course. Group work often requires evaluation of the contributions of other group members.
this refers to the level of education provided by universities and some colleges
as an independent learner, you should be:
These attributes should provide you with the insight to become responsible for your own learning and enhance your ability and motivation to learn
a class which takes place in a laboratory, this may be a science, computer or language laboratory, which contains specialist equipment for experiments and other practical aspects of the subject to be explored.
Learning Development Advisors are qualified teachers who work in the Learning Development Centre. The advisors provide academic support to students in areas such as maths, academic writing, referencing and study skills.
are terms which express what the learner should know, understand and be able to demonstrate in order to complete a module/an assessment successfully. They are important and useful to be aware of because they are created in alignment with teaching and learning and assessment processes.
a formal talk given to a group of people (usually students) by a subject specialist
this is the title given to somebody who teaches at a college or university
This is a specific set of skills which you are required to demonstrate in order to achieve certain marks in a module. This is a very useful document to use when preparing coursework and revising for exams and can usually be accessed through your blackboard module.
this is a person who provides help or advice to somebody over a period of time in order to develop and/or address a particular area of difficulty
a unit or a subject area which forms part of the whole university course
People make notes for a number of reasons, it could be for revision purposes, research or lecture notes. Always be sure of the reason why you are making notes, as this will determine your approach in making notes.
Always make sure that your notes are:
This is another referencing style which is usually used within the school of Engineering at Aston, though some lecturers prefer their students to use the Harvard system, so always check with your lecturer which referencing style they would like you to use. Information on the Numeric Referencing System can be found through the following links:
is the referencing style used within law, more information on which can be found using the following links:
this person is your point of contact at university for academic advice; they may not actually teach you, but they are your first port of call for academic issues.
this is what can happen when a person (usually accidentally) fails to reference their work correctly and it appears as though they are trying to pretend that somebody else's work or ideas are their own. The consequences of plagiarism can be very serious, so it is important for students to familiarise themselves with the process of referencing, help with which is available online from:
Aston students should also remember that they can find advice and help on referencing and avoiding plagiarism from Learning Advisors and Student Writing Mentors within the Learning Development Centre and within the LDC Blackboard module.
This is an online tutorial available to Aston students, where you can enhance your understanding of plagiarism and develop your referencing skills.
this term is used to refer to students or a course/qualification which is of a higher academic level to a bachelor level degree
This is a list of books/articles that your lecturer thinks are important and relevant to your course. However, you may not necessarily be expected to access and read every text on your list.
Listen to the podcasts on reading for more information:
Within your academic writing, you are expected to read and refer to theories/studies and work by respected people/organisations within the subject area. The way in which you refer to the author(s) varies according to the referencing system which you use, but usually, references contain information about the author's surname and the year the text was published.
References should be included throughout an essay and a comprehensive list of references should be included at the end of any piece of academic writing. Referencing styles include: APA, Harvard, Numeric and the OSCOLA, information on which can be found within the LDC blackboard module or from:
there is some confusion over this term in HE. A school is used to refer to an area of study. For example, you may study French at university, as a student, you belong to the French department, which forms part of the School of Languages and Social Sciences (which is also comprised of several other departments)
this is an umbrella term which encompasses services which include:
this is an online resource used to support teaching. This is particularly useful for students and staff and may contain information on assessment criteria, lecture notes, tasks, you may even be required to submit assessed work via a VLE. Aston University uses Blackboard, though you may be accustomed to other VLEs such as Moodle or Webct