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Undergraduate Course: Geoscience Outreach and Engagement (EASC10087)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEarth Science Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will allow students to develop expertise in science outreach (┐engagement┐), teaching and/or knowledge transfer. Students will work with external partners (┐clients┐) in (for example) schools, exhibitions, museums, outdoor visitor centres, science centres, community groups and other organisations, to design, develop and (where possible) deliver resources and materials for science engagement. These may include for example classroom teaching resources, leaflets, web resources, apps, events, blogs, presentations or materials for museums, visitor centres, communities, members of the public or young learners. The theme and content may be anywhere within the scope of interest of the School of GeoSciences. Opportunities exist to undertake projects that contribute to the development of Earth and environmental science (and related) teaching resources that support the new Scottish school curriculum (Curriculum for Excellence). Recent experience and feedback strongly indicate that successful completion of the course has proved an important element in enhancing future employment prospects.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 05/08/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Other Study Hours 100, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Additional Notes Additional Hours: on placement
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who take this course will demonstrate a high level of autonomy and initiative at a professional level. They will be required to engage with clients to define and agree a workable job specification, and design and deliver it in the form of a resource and/or material. Students are expected to demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional level issues and develop communication skills at graduate science level. They will be expected to work as professional geoscience graduates in environments of mixed skill bases and ages. They will learn how to critically review and consolidate knowledge from a subject/ discipline in order to produce an original resource. This project will require students to use a range of principal and specialised geoscience skills and some generic transferable skills (see below) depending on the specific demands of the projects.
Students will undertake literature-based or action research on relevant, related and wider aspects of the project (as described above).
Assessment Information
- A reflective project diary describing in detail the rationale, planning, design, development and delivery of the project, including the students evolving thinking, meetings with team and client. The diary will be illustrated as appropriate and include relevant correspondence. (40%)
- A technical report will accompany the final product, with an analysis of how this was produced. A report template will be provided. The report will be sent to the client for comment. The report will include literature/evidence-based research background to the project and product.
The final product can take many diverse forms appropriate to the project and client brief (e.g. resources, materials, displays, teacher/pupil notes, events, blogs see above). Products from previous years (a 10-point course) will be available for inspection.Product and technical report ( 40%)
- Student conference presentation to include an oral presentation and/or practical demonstration about the project and product, accompanied by a one-page illustrated abstract.(10%)
- Client feedback report on product, development, delivery to brief, and (where relevant)evaluation.(5%)
- Critical self-assessment report by student on project achievements, development and delivery, contexts, challenges, next steps and future work.(5%)

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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills *Communicating science knowledge and understanding in unfamiliar contexts and to unfamiliar audiences
*Working with external clients in unfamiliar environments (e.g. school classrooms, visitor centres, museums)
*Project and time management
*Creative project design skills
*Interpersonal skills
*Enterprise and sustainability
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Project research, development and delivery, supported by tutorials, student team and small group/individual meetings with staff; introductory planning meeting; half-day seminar/lecture on science communication. Research project. Presentation/poster and student conference.
KeywordsScience engagement and communication; science education; clients; project management
Course organiserProf Colin Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4849
Course secretaryMrs Katie Leith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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