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Week 0 – Introduction

Course Ground Rules

Please make sure you read and follow these simple ground rules throughout the course

  • If asked to comment on others work please be polite but feel free to question what is being written
  • Always take time to read other people’s work
  • To ensure maximum benefit please post your own thoughts as well as commenting on others

Structure of the course

Each week you will explore our online learning materials and have a task to complete and share via the course Facebook group. This will take you no more than 3 hours to complete. You will also have the opportunity to dig deeper should you want to expand your learning further.

The themes of each week are:

Week 0 Introduction materials available now, course begins 1 August

Week 1 Plan – Study and essay planning and preparation materials available now

Week 2 Search – Searching for academic material materials released 15 August

Week 3 Read – Reading critically materials released 22 August

Week 4 Write – Writing academically materials released 29 August

Task 1: Getting to know others in the group

The first task is to join our closed Facebook group so that you can complete your weekly activities and meet the team and other students. Just follow the instructions on how to join the group which you received in your confirmation of registration email. If you have not received a confirmation email, please contact a member of the team.

Once you have joined the group please post the following:

  1. A message about yourself and interests
  2. A photo that tells us something about you

For example here is mine –

My name is Karen and I am a Senior Lecturer in midwifery at the University of Salford. I have been a nurse and midwife in this area for many years however I have undertaken research with midwives in Africa. I like travelling and enjoy my many and varied cruises especially those via New York which I like to think is my second home. I love entertaining and planning unusual menus for my guests to try plus cake decorating. Along the way I will post some photos to illustrate my skills!


Feel free to ask questions about the course via the Facebook page at any time.

Dig Deeper

Itching to get started on boosting your study skills? Check out our 5 steps to essay success. Don’t worry if you haven’t got time to do this as we will be exploring this resource in detail over the coming weeks.