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[SL] Speaking and Listening

[W] Written Skills

[N] Numeracy Skills

[P] Personal Skills

[E] Evaluation Skills

[PS] Problem Solving Skills

[PE] People Skills (Team / Leadership)

[IT] IT / Computer Skills

[PR] Presentation Skills

[S] Scientific Skills

[O] Other Skills

[AC] Acting Skills

[TR] Training Skills

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Develop over 100 functional skills!

There are over 100 identified transferrable key skills or functional skills in Murder Trail. Each key skill is referenced internally by the letter code and number. E.g. SL3 is debating.

Player Specific Skills

[SL]  Speaking & Listening skills:

  1. Questioning techniques
  2. Interview techniques
  3. Debating
  4. Negotiating
  5. Following verbal instructions
  6. Persuasion
  7. Interpreting audio / verbal information
  8. Recording accurate transcripts
  9. Active Listening / Listen effectively

[W]  Written skills:

  1. Note taking
  2. Summarising texts
  3. Extracting data / Information retrieval
  4. Interpreting written information and language
  5. Effective reading
  6. Following written instructions
  7. Sketching and drawing diagrams
  8. Constructing timelines
  9. Creating mind maps

[N]  Numeracy skills:

  1. Using formulae
  2. Measuring distances
  3. Mental arithmetic
  4. Using tables of data
  5. Interpreting numerical information
  6. Calculating dates
  7. Calculating times

[P]  Personal skills:

  1. Time Management
  2. Working to deadlines
  3. Managing multiple priorities
  4. Self-motivation
  5. Accurate recall of information
  6. Observation skills
  7. Interpreting maps
  8. Using initiative
  9. Manual dexterity
  10. Using keys / legends
  11. Decision making
  12. Organising information
  13. Maintaining emotional control / be able to work under stressful conditions
  14. Being thorough, precise and accurate in work
  15. Remembering information
  16. Working quickly and accurately
  17. Working, coping and reacting with an unknown situation
  18. Planning

[E]  Evaluation skills

  1. Evaluating one's own performance individually
  2. Evaluating one's own performance within a team
  3. Self reflection of feelings
  4. Evaluating the performance of a team
  5. Analysing improvements for increasing team performance

[PS]  Problem Solving skills:

  1. Consider different solutions
  2. Consider alternative viewpoints
  3. Creativity in finding solutions
  4. Flexible and adaptable working and thinking
  5. Identifying and solving problems
  6. Critical thinking
  7. Critical analysis
  8. Logical thinking
  9. Information synthesis from multiple sources

[PE]  People skills:

  1. Leadership
  2. Delegating responsibility
  3. Collaborating ideas
  4. Delegating tasks
  5. Reporting information
  6. Building relationships
  7. Working as part of a team
  8. Meeting new people
  9. Motivating others
  10. Resolving conflicts
  11. Being aware of and sensitive to cultural issues
  12. Being aware of and sensitive to social issues
  13. Being aware of and sensitive to ethical issues
  14. Contribute to a team by sharing information and expert opinion

[IT]  IT skills:

  1. Using Moodle to:
  • Upload files
  • Retrieve files
  1. Word processing skills
  • Opening and creating Word documents
  • Creating different styles of document using Word
  • Saving Word files
  • Formatting a document
  • Printing a document
  • Inserting images into documents
  1. PowerPoint presentation skills
  • Opening and creating a presentation
  • Saving PowerPoint presentations
  • Presenting the presentation
  1. Using a computer to:
  • Navigate the filing system
  • Copy files
  • Rename files
  • Moving files
  • Deleting files
  1. Using computer hardware
  2. Using a digital camera
  3. Uploading photographs

[PR]  Presentation skills:

  1. Presenting information verbally to a group
  2. Presenting using visual aids
  3. Using OHPs
  4. Using interactive whiteboards
  5. Using whiteboards and flipcharts to present data
  6. Presenting within time constraints
  7. Answering questions

[S]  Scientific skills:

  1. Data manipulation
  2. Assembling apparatus
  3. Using a light microscope (where applicable)
  4. Fingerprint analysis (basic)
  5. Soil analysis (basic)
  6. Paper analysis (basic)
  7. Footprint analysis (basic)
  8. Fibre analysis (basic)
  9. Safe practice working in a laboratory
  10. Practice safe handling of equipment outside the laboratory

[O]  Other skills:

  1. Health and Safety at Work
[AC] Actor Specific Skills

These skills are developed by the people who volunteer to play an acting role in Murder Trail. You only need 10 minutes preparation to develop all these skills:

  1. Moving and speaking in a precise manner at the right moment to achieve particular impact; pacing of action.
  2. Understanding and utilising the rhythmic expression of the event - dictated by script, director, other actors.
  3. Regulating speed of delivery and speed of action - dictated by dramatic potential
  4. Create atmosphere through self-belief so the audience believe
  5. Communicating with, and reacting to other actors and players
  6. Identifying with relationships within roles with other characters
  7. Creating a believable character within a role
  8. Feeling the right emotions within the role, and communicate them to audience
  9. Holding the attention of actors and audience
  10. Sustaining a role through an entire play; sustaining momentum, mood, atmosphere and pace as required.
  11. Offer something to play off to other actors
  12. Allowing focus to be with other actors
  13. Showing thoughts and emotions without movement
  14. Creating space around self and other actors; positioning in relation to each other / to audience; physical movement on “stage”
  15. Using props and / or set
  16. Controlling breath for vocal projection
  17. Using the voice and body without damage;
  18. Allowing emotions to come through within character
  19. Flexibility of characterisation; the use of positions, type of walk, limp, injury, different ways of holding the body
[TR] Training Skills

These skills are developed by the people who volunteer to be CSI trainers - training their colleagues in all things CSI and logical thinking. You only need 10 minutes preparation to be able to develop all these skills:

  1. Supporting learners while they deal with unfamiliar circumstances.
  2. Assessing the experience, capabilities and learning styles of individual learners in relation to the identified learning programme.
  3. Encouraging learners to adopt styles of learning that are appropriate to the required outcomes and most likely to enable learners to achieve to the best of their abilities.
  4. Using individual, small-group and whole-group teaching techniques as appropriate.
  5. Creating a safe learning environment based on trust and support.
  6. Encouraging learners to see the relevance of what they are learning to other aspects of the curriculum and to apply their learning in different contexts.
  7. Identifying learning objectives amenable to learning through experience.
  8. Structuring opportunities for groups and individuals to learn through experience, including opportunities to demonstrate and practice skills.
  9. Supporting learners as they learn.
  10. Providing appropriately constructive feedback to learners and reinforcing the learning gained through experience.
  11. Evaluating the effectiveness of the learning process and modifying teaching plans where necessary.
  12. Ensuring an interactive, safe and productive learning environment that fosters learners’ security and confidence.
  13. Maintaining learners’ interest in, and engagement with, the learning process.
  14. Identifying and redressing poor motivation and challenging inappropriate behaviour.
  15. Exploiting opportunities to improve learners’ basic skills and key skills.
  16. Helping learners to develop study skills including time management and work organisation skills.
  17. Encouraging learners to take more responsibility for organising their learning successfully.
  18. Organising relevant information clearly and concisely.
  19. Presenting information to learners clearly and in an appropriate format.
  20. Using a range of communication skills and methods appropriate to specific learners and to the subject being studied.
  21. Maintaining and encouraging effective communication with and between all learners.
  22. Fostering learners’ enjoyment of learning.
  23. Listening to and responding to learners’ ideas.
  24. Giving constructive and positive feedback to learners.
  25. Seeking and responding appropriately to feedback from learners on their learning.
  26. Agreeing appropriate actions with learners.
  27. Working collaboratively with colleagues to deliver the learning programme.
  28. Responding positively and constructively to feedback.
  29. Contributing to programme review and evaluation.
  30. Providing feedback in a form suitable to help measure the quality of learning and teaching.

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