University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) — Cyprus

Study & Research Skills


Please note that this page is informational, and does not replace the official Module Information Pack (MIP). All students attending this module must carefully read the MIP which can be accessed online via Blackboard.


Module leader: Nearchos Paspallis & Irene Polycarpou
When and where: Refer to the timetable (requires login)
Syllabus: Refer to the Blackboard for the syllabus, assignments, etc (requires login)

Module content

In this module students learn basic skills in reading, studying and researching the bibliography.

We cover the following aspects:

Learning Outcomes

The main objective of this module is to improve students' skills concerning study and research, both at an independent and group capacity. By the end of the course, students are expected to:


Recommended textbook

Davies, J., Communication Skills: A Guide for Engineering & Applied Science Students, Prentice Hall; 3 edition (2010)

Additional resources

Cottrell, S., The Study Skills Handbook, Palgrave Macmillan; 3 edition (2008)

Zobel, J., Writing for Computer Science: The Art of effective Communication, Springer; 2 edition (2004)

Additional material (including lecture slides and hand-outs) will be available in Blackboard


Students are encouraged to study and learn in groups. However, individual assignments should be the result of their personal effort (unless group work is explicitly asked).

As a principle, you should follow Gilligan's Island Rule: you can discuss assignments with your classmates, but you should not take any notes (electronic or not) from these meetings, in order to be able to fulfil your assignment independently using your own undestanding of the lectures and the group meetings.

General rules

In addition to the general rules of the University, you should also respect the following rules: