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Postgraduate Course: Design Informatics Placement (INFR11096)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThe Design Informatics Placement gives students practical experience of (a) working on design informatics problems in the commercial or public sector; and (b) working as members of a team. The placement involves applying and combining material from several courses to act as a competent member of a team, whose size and purpose will vary depending on the organization supporting the placement.
Placements are industrially/academically co-supervised projects with start-ups and established companies (SMEs or larger), and public sector bodies, including research organisations. The smaller hosts are typically local; the larger can be elsewhere in the UK. Length of placement varies between one and three months.
Course description Placements are project based and the tasks to be carried out are defined in advance, in consultation between a member of the host organisation and an academic member of staff, who act as co-supervisors.
Supervisors are briefed to ensure that each project has sufficient academic content to be assessable, and sufficient relevance to the host to have potential for follow-up. Supervisors must also ensure that projects avoid any 'mission-critical' involvement with the host's operations and otherwise manage any potential conflict between the host's commercial/operational interests and student's academic interests. Students and supervisors meet regularly (face to face or virtually), normally weekly, throughout the placement.

The placement has a variable term, with a length of up to three months.
- Immediately prior to the placement, the student works through a catalogue of types of experience they wish to gain, and identifies those they wish to prioritise.
- During the placement, they keep a diary recording examples of activities which increase experience in the selected areas, and their progress through the project.
- Following the placement, an accessible personal reflection is compiled, and made available for academic assessment before the beginning of the next academic year.

This form of assessment recognises that placement projects with external hosts may not succeed as planned, for reasons beyond the student's control. A reflective analysis provides the means for all students to submit a report whose assessment is not tied to the success or failure of the placement projects themselves.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Design Informatics Project (DESI11026) AND Design with Data (DESI11025)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Additional Costs No additional costs of the School. Host organisations must agree in advance to meet any relevant travel/accommodation/subsistence costs.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate that they can contribute to the activities of a small group, usually in the commercial sector
  2. Critically evaluate personal experience in addressing problems and suggesting potential solutions
  3. Construct a multimodal presentation communicating these critical reflections
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Placements involve students spending from 1-3 months onsite with a host company or organisation.
Since the Design Informatics Community of Interest is the source of host companies, many of these are local to Central Scotland, but any interested UK-based company in our Community can be considered as a host. Host companies may pay the student a salary or stipend at their own discretion, but must agree to cover travel/accommodation/subsistence costs for students as required, depending on their location. In the case of non home/EU students, any discretionary salary arrangements must be compatible with regulations of the UK Borders Agency.
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Course organiserDr Jon Oberlander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4439
Course secretaryMs Katey Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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