The 301 Academic Skills Certificate

The 301 Academic Skills Certificate provides an opportunity for you to gain recognition for attending our academic skills workshopsinformation and digital literacy workshops and/or maths and statistics workshops and reflecting on this experience. Through this reflection you will be able to identify changes and improvements to your academic skills that will lead to long-term benefits to your studies. The 301 Academic Skills Certificate acknowledges your commitment to enhancing your academic and employability skills and personal development.

Important information regarding 2018/19 submissions

Deadline for undergraduate students: 26 May 2019
Deadline for postgraduate students: 30 June 2019

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What do I need to do?

To qualify for the Academic Skills Certificate, you need to:

  • Complete the 301 Skills Audit
  • Participate in a minimum of four workshops during the academic year
  • Select from 301 Study Skills, Maths and Statistics Help and Library Information and Digital Literacy workshops
  • Complete a 2,500 word piece of reflective writing (500 words on each workshop you attended and a 500 word overall summary) and submit online

Pathways

Our Academic Skills Certificate Pathways enable you to develop and reflect upon your skills in a specific study skills area. Our pathways provide a thorough exploration of a particular study skills theme (such as Communication Skills), and highlight the different skills and knowledge required for academic development and success. Choosing a specific pathway demonstrates your commitment to developing and reflecting on your skills in a structured and considered way.

Both your certificate and your HEAR recognition will state which pathway you have chosen to take when completing the Academic Skills Certificate.

Personal Pathway

Use the Skills Audit to review your current strengths and areas for development. Based on the outcomes of your audit, what are the main priorities to work on over the coming semester? 

Use these priorities to develop your own Personal Pathway, by selecting ANY FOUR workshops from the 301 Academic Skills Workshops, MASH Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy workshops and reflecting on the role that they have played in your ongoing personal and professional development. 

Writing Skills

For a focus on developing your Writing Skills, select ANY FOUR workshops from the following 301 Academic Skills Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy Workshops.

301 Academic Skills Workshops

  • Lecture: Academic Writing in Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Lecture: Academic Writing in Science, Engineering and Health
  • Lecture: Dissertation Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lecture: Dissertation Writing for Science, Engineering and Health
  • Academic Writing: Self-Diagnostic Session
  • Essay Structure and Planning
  • Developing an Academic Argument
  • Mindmapping Your Academic Work
  • Dissertation Writing: Strategies and Techniques
  • Practical: Shut Up and Write (one or more sessions)

Library Digital and Information Literacy Workshops

  • Preventing Plagiarism & Reference Management 
University Study Skills

For a focus on developing your University Study Skills, select ANY FOUR workshops from the following 301 Academic Skills Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy Workshops.

301 Academic Skills Workshops

  • Lecture: Academic Writing in Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Lecture: Academic Writing in Science, Engineering and Health
  • Independent Study: Strategies and Techniques
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Speed Reading Techniques
  • Focused Reading Techniques
  • Mindmapping Your Academic Work
  • Note Taking: Strategies, Organisation and Management
  • Plagiarism & Referencing (Library Workshop)
  • Assessed Group Work: Strategies for Success
  • Reflecting on Your Academic Progress
  • Managing Your Time and Avoiding Distractions

Library Digital and Information Literacy Workshops

  • Preventing Plagiarism & Reference Management 
  • Discovering Information: A Masterclass
  • Discovering Information: Getting Started
  • Questioning and Evaluating Information
  • Images: Discover, Understand, Reference
Assessment Skills

For a focus on developing your Assessment Skills, select ANY FOUR workshops from the following 301 Academic Skills Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy Workshops.

301 Academic Skills Workshops

  • Lecture: Dissertation Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lecture: Dissertation Writing for Science, Engineering and Health
  • Exam Technique: Essay-Based Exams
  • Exam Technique: Short Answer and MCQ
  • Exam Revision Planning
  • Essay Structure and Planning
  • Assessed Group Work: Strategies for Success
  • Reflecting on Your Academic Progress
  • Dissertation Writing: Strategies and Techniques
  • Focused Reading Techniques
  • Planning and Delivering Presentations

Library Digital and Information Literacy Workshops

  • Preventing Plagiarism & Reference Management
  • Discovering Information: A Masterclass
  • Discovering Information: Getting Started
  • Questioning and Evaluating Information
  • Images: Discover, Understand, Reference
Communication Skills

For a focus on developing your Communication Skills, select ANY FOUR workshops from the following 301 Academic Skills Workshops or Library Information and Digital Literacy Workshops.

301 Academic Skills Workshops

  • Reflecting on Your Academic Work
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • Developing an Academic Argument
  • Planning and Delivering Presentations
  • Assessed Group Work: Strategies for Success
  • Reflecting on Your Academic Progress
  • Setting Up Your Own Study Group

Library Digital and Information Literacy Workshops

  • Producing Presentations: Ten Top Tips
  • Blogging: From Concept to Communication
  • Communicating With Infographics

Quantitative Research 

For a focus on developing your Quantitative Research Skills, select ANY FOUR workshops from the following MASH Workshops.

Maths and Statistics Help Workshops

  • Getting Started with Statistics & SPSS
  • ANOVA in SPSS
  • Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
  • Regression in Excel
  • Correlation & Regression in SPSS
  • Choosing the Right Statistical Analysis for Your Project
  • Displaying Data and Results
  • Intro to R
  • Parametric Tests in R
  • Non-Parametric Tests in R
  • Regression in R
  • Reliability and Cluster Analysis in R
  • Further Analysis in R

You are welcome to complete the certificate multiple times, choosing a different pathway each time you do so (however, you may not write about the same workshop more than once in your submissions).

If you have any further questions please contact us at 301@sheffield.ac.uk

HEAR Recognition

The 301 Academic Skills Certificate is one of many extra-curricular activities and awards that the University can include in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) – a comprehensive record of your university achievements, which recognises extra-curricular achievement as well as academic learning.

Find out more about HEAR.