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Cover Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students

Developing a Critical Approach  

This chapter assesses the use of a ‘critical’ approach, which guides business and management students through their research and writing journey. To be ‘critical’ is to adopt a questioning approach; this is ideally suited to the problem-solving inherent in the assignments students will tackle at university—and also to those assignments in their future work situations that need a questioning approach. The chapter begins by looking at what critical thinking entails. It then considers how a student can take an evaluative rather than descriptive approach to assignments. Finally, the chapter includes discussion about how assignments can be improved and advice on interpreting the feedback provided by lecturers.

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Cover Introduction to Business Law

20. Study Skills  

This chapter presents guidelines on how to study law effectively and approach assignments and examinations. The discussions cover the efficient management and organization of study time and how to best take advantage of lectures, tutorials, and seminars. It explains the importance of developing the technical skills of good note-taking for formal teaching sessions and for private reading. It highlights the importance of summarizing and referencing text. The chapter explains how and where case reports and statutes can be located, both electronically and on paper. Advice is given on how to approach essay and problem-based assignment questions. The chapter concludes with a discussion on preparation for exams.

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Cover Essential Study and Employment Skills for Business and Management Students

Writing Essentials: Preparation, Layout, and Structure  

This chapter describes the writing skills relevant to business and management students. It begins with a practitioner’s ‘insider’ view and then looks to apply this to the context of writing assignments. The chapter then looks at the essentials of correctly interpreting the assignment question and then setting about answering it in a manner that is powerful, direct, and convincing in academic terms, supported with appropriate references and examples. It highlights the importance of ensuring that the student keeps thinking about who they are writing for and the purpose of their writing. The chapter also considers various writing formats used for academic purposes, such as essays and short and long reports.