The new edition of this best-selling study skills book provides a practical guide for success for students at every level of their study in criminology or criminal justice degree. Fully-revised and thoroughly updated to reflect changes in the curriculum, the book continues to provide students with practical and relevant information for their degree including topics on: choosing courses, sourcing and researching, applying theory to practice, writing essays, presentation skills, revision, taking exams, and careers after your degree. Additional content for the new edition includes:

a new chapter on plagiarism; developments in virtual learning environments and e-resources; expanded coverage of internet and e-learning skills; your move from high school to university and the varying levels within your degree.

The Academic Environment

The academic environment

Developmental Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be familiar with:

  • the structure of the academic year
  • the modular structure
  • teaching in Higher Education
  • the nature of the academic environment.

2.1 The Academic Year and Modular Structure

Studying at university will be a new experience for the majority of you who are beginning a Criminology degree. However, studying in general should be familiar to most. While the academic year usually runs from September to June, as it does at school and college, some elements of the academic year may be structured in a different way from what you are familiar with. Increasingly, courses are commencing at different times in the academic year, some vocational courses are taught in blocks and there is an increase in ...

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