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Undergraduate Course: Geoscience Outreach and Engagement (EASC10087)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryGeoScience Outreach is a project-based course where students design and carryout an outreach project that communicates some element of the field of GeoSciences outside of the university community. The course will enable students to: 1) develop expertise in science outreach and engagement, 2) improve communication skills for non-academic audiences, 3) learn key career skills such as project management, and 4) work in a professional capacity liaising with external clients. Students will work with schools, exhibitions, museums, outdoor visitor centres, science centres, community groups and other clients, to design, develop and deliver resources and materials for science engagement. Resources can include classroom teaching resources, leaflets, websites, smartphone/tablet applications, community events, presentations or materials for museums and visitor centres, etc.. The subject matter can include anything within the remit of the School of GeoSciences. Opportunities exist to undertake projects that contribute to the development of new Environmental Science (and related) teaching resources that support the Scottish school curriculum (Curriculum for Excellence). Recent experience and feedback from students indicate that successful completion of the course have enhanced future employment in science communication, education, academia and other career paths.
Course description The GeoScience Outreach course will begin with six mandatory and one optional training session to provide the skillsets required for the individual projects.

Course intro - discussion of the objectives of the course and previous student experiences (Wednesday 29 September 2 - 4 pm)

1) Communication skills, web development and social media
2) Outreach in schools, interdisciplinary learning and the Curriculum for Excellence
3) Open Educational Resources, copyright and permissions (e.g. creative commons)
4) Science engagement and working with museums at Our Dynamic Earth
5) Design and visual communication
6) Time and project management
7) Video development, editing, digital media (optional)

The timing of the workshops will be determined by the schedules of all participating students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course has a cap of 12 students. However, a waiting list is operated by the Course Secretary.
Additional Costs No
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  16
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
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 Information (Learning and Teaching) Additional Hours: on placement
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

5% Interim project report
10% Conference presentation

Final Hand-in:
5% Project flyer
15% Diary/log with project management timeline
25% Technical report
40% Final product

Interim project report (30 November 2016)
Conference presentation (15 March 2016)
Final Hand-in (3 May 2016)
Feedback Individual and Group Meetings: Each student will have at least two individual meetings per semester with their GO supervisory team. Students can also arrange individual supervisory meetings with their GO team including staff and tutors at any time for advice, support, feedback etc.

December interim report: student will receive detailed written feedback on the progress of their project based on their assessed December hand-in and also on project development and student progress throughout the first semester.

Spring Presentation: Students will receive detailed written feedback on their assessed Spring Presentation.

Summer hand-ins: Students will receive detailed oral feedback on their final project submissions at the end of semester 2 upon request.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop expertise with community outreach and engagement
  2. Learn key communication skills including verbal, visual, video, and online/social media communication
  3. Refine skills with project development and time management
  4. Build relationships with community partners including schools, museums, community groups, etc.
  5. Create learning resources, educational materials, delivery of workshops
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and 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
Special Arrangements Students will be mentored through project development in Semester 1 and undertake the majority of their project work in Semester 2. Deadlines for submission may be flexible to allow maximum breadth of participation and to accommodate different outreach projects.
KeywordsScience engagement and communication; science education; clients; project management
Course organiserDr Isla Myers-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7251
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
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