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Postgraduate Course: Transferring Knowledge to Society (PPLS11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPhilosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis will involve lectures and intensive, small group seminar discussions to be provided by the 'entrepreneurs in residence' within MVM, external guest lecturers, and academic staff with relevant experience. The University Press Office will be invited to contribute as will representatives of public bodies and commercial organisations. This would cover the process of turning an outcome of basic research into a consultation or a product for public and for commercial organisations. This will include discussion about intellectual property, licensing, meeting requirements of regulatory bodies, developing spin-off companies. This will also consider routes to present evidence to policy makers, and means to disseminate science to the popular media and the general public.

Assessment will be in the form of a series of short descriptions of different areas of the science of human cognition written for policy makers, commercial organisations, public bodies, and for the quality scientific and popular press. An additional assessment will be based on an oral presentation designed for an audience of policy makers, business leaders, practitioners (e.g. lawyers, clinicians, engineers, software designers) or the lay public.

Formative feedback available;
- A portion of the lecture in week 2 or 3 will be used to discuss the marked assignments up to that point in the course, giving students the option therefore of taking that feedback and using it to improve their remaining assignments
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 3 (Sem 2), Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will be expected to show understanding of, and critical insight into, a range of areas on human cognition that have successfully been applied to specific problems in the broader society.
Assessment Information
Five 600 word essays each on a different example of how to transfer knowledge to an application in society.

Week 1 deadline: Friday 17th January 2014, 12 noon
Week 2 deadline: Friday 24th January 2014, 12 noon
Week 3 deadline: Friday 31st January 2014, 12 noon
Week 4 deadline: Friday 7th February 2014, 12 noon
Week 5 deadline: Friday 14th February 2014, 12 noon

Word limit: 600 words

The reports will be marked and returned with feedback by the Wednesday of the following week.
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Course organiserProf Sergio Della Sala
Tel: (0131 6)51 3242
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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