Natural Sciences

Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio

Students studying in George Green Library

All first year Natural Sciences students study the Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio. This module is designed to assist students in adapting to University-level study and provide them with a framework to build upon in later years to be successful in their studies. It is taught as a series of workshops some of which are compulsory for all, some are compulsory for specific pathways and others are optional so students can choose what they take based on their own development needs. There is no upper limit to the number of workshops students can take.

Compulsory Workshops

  • Guided Tour of your Degree
  • Introduction to the Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio
  • Practial Laboratory Orientation
  • How to Reference
  • Note Taking & Academic Study
  • Beginning to use the Library
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Academic Communication: Talking about evidence
  • Using Feedback


Compulsory for Specific Pathways

  • Chemistry Lab Skills: Writing Lab Reports
  • Report Writing - Biology and Environmental Science
  • Essay Writing - All essay subjects
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Mathematics Study Group
  • Physics Study Group


Optional Workshops

  • Essay Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Preparing for Exams
  • Essays in Exams
  • Exam Destress Sessions
  • Building Confidence
  • Resilience and Managing Expectations
  • Procrastination: How to get things done!


Advantage Award Module

In addition to the compulsory first year module students can also continue their professional development in the second, third or fourth year by taking an Advantage Award module in Academic and Transferable Skills. This module is designed to target the top skills employers are looking for, encourage students to be more reflective about the process of personal development and skills, and show them how they can sell their own skills to get the job that they want. 

The compulsory workshops on this module are:

  • Introduction to Professional Development and Skills
  • Business Communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Practical Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking and problem Solving
  • Working in Groups
  • Decision Making and negotiation
  • Marketing your Skills

There is an optional requirement of a set number of credits to complete this module. Workshops taken during your first year can count towards this and are usually sufficient to meet the requirement. But there are further workshops available needed including Project Management, Poster Presentations, any of the first year workshops and a full suite of careers workshops covering Writing a CV, Application Forms, Interview Techniques and Assessment Centres. 

There is no upper limit to the number of workshops students can take as part of this module and student can opt to take workshops at any point during their second, third or fourth year as required to support their personal development.


Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
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