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Undergraduate Course: Social Responsibility Auditing (EDUA10200)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typeStudent-Led Individually Created Course AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is available to participants in the European Students Sustainability Auditing (ESSA) project. The course will enable students to develop their knowledge, understanding and experience of the principles and practices of social responsibility auditing in higher education. The course requires demonstration of the development skills, understanding and experience in critical analysis and the application, reflection and evaluation of approaches to social responsibility auditing. Students will create their own learning using the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) approach.
Course description The auditor training programme will be delivered in four key phases aligned with cycles of experiential learning:

1.Observe: for the student auditors to develop awareness and understanding of the University Social Responsibility (USR) standards, identify their own learning needs and objectives and explore principles, practices and ethical dimensions of social responsibility in Higher Education.
2.Explore: where the student auditors engage in problem solving and analytical exercises regarding social responsibility in Higher Education. This phase will include structured problem solving exercises, collaborative working and team building exercises as well as experiencing methods of data collection and analysis.
3.Act: where the student auditors are undertaking the USR audits. This phase will include the collection, analysis and synthesis of data using the USR auditing processes. Students will also engage in assessing evidence against the USR benchmarks and in reporting and justifying their findings.
4.Evaluate: where the student auditors identify and assess their individual and collective learning. This phase involves the authoring of reflective learning journals using structured reflective learning exercises and the synthesis of these reflections to identify current competences and future learning goals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThat students are participating in the European Students, Sustainability Auditing project as student social responsibility auditors.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 40, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 10 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be five components of assessment based on the experiential nature of the course:

Formative assessment will comprise of:
- learner self-diagnosis of learning needs and personal learning objectives based on the course learning objectives and social responsibility auditor person specification
- structured reflective accounts of critical incidents from the training programme and audit experience framed by the course and their personal learning objectives
- student-peer and audit facilitator feedback
- an Interim Reflective Report.

Summative assessment:
- a Final Reflective Report that includes reflections on the initial self-diagnosis, reflections on the critical incidents and the student peer and audit facilitator feedback along with a summative meta reflection.
The Final Reflective Report should be around 2,000 words. This Final Report accounts for 100% of the mark for this course.
Feedback Students will receive detailed formative feedback:

(a) On the students┐ individual reflective learning proposal. This proposal will be based on a self-assessment of competences against a social responsibility auditor person specification and will support the student in identifying appropriate personal learning objectives.
(b) The taught component of the course includes structured problem-solving exercises and simulations to provide opportunities for individual and group feedback.
(c) An Interim Reflective Report following the conclusion of the taught component of the course. This will enable students to assess progress on their initial learning objectives and revise these where appropriate and reflect on their learning experiences. The Interim Reflective Report is in the same format as the Final Reflective Report, so this formative feedback aligns directly to the final summative assessment
(d) The experiential component of the course in the audit work will include daily feedback and review sessions. Student-auditors will receive written feedback from the audit facilitators and from their student-peers and their reflections on this feedback will be included in the Final Reflective Report
(e) Summative feedback will be given on the Final Reflective Report
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices of social responsibility auditing in the higher education sector involving the collection, synthesis, analysis and reporting of evidence of USR performance;
  2. Demonstrate the use of relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively and critically with the application of the University Social Responsibility (USR) benchmark standards
  3. Evaluate and critically reflect upon my approach, my learning, my development and my judgement in the conduct of a social responsibility audit.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A. Enquiry & lifelong learning: develop competence in identifying and addressing personal and institutional learning and development needs and goals
B. Aspiration and personal development: direct experience of engaging in structured critical reflection on their own learning experiences
C. Engagement: engaging with other students and institutes of higher education and investigating how HEIs impact on their wider communities.
D. Research and Enquiry: collect, analyse and synthesise data; making informed judgements and presenting and justifying findings and judgements.
E. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: engaging in critical reflection; working ethically and analysing facts and situations.
F. Personal Effectiveness: planning and organising to achieve goals and objectives; working with others; influencing and negotiating with others, seeking and valuing open feedback.
G. Communication: interpersonal skill development; verbal, visual and written presentation and reporting; influencing and negotiation; cross cultural communication.
Special Arrangements Students from the partner institutions will be enrolled at the University of Edinburgh as Visiting Students.
Keywordsexperiential,audit,social responsibility,sustainability
Course organiserMr Peter Evans
Tel: (0131 6)51 6345
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