Undergraduate Course: Reproductive Biology Project Reflective Portfolio of Learning (REPB10005)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course offers you a learning framework to reflect on your acquisition of academic, professional and personal skills when choosing, planning for, and during your Honours Project. With support from an academic tutor, the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) framework gives you autonomy and ownership to enable you to develop a reflective e-portofolio of your learning, focussing on your project. The course will capture what sort of project you want to undertake during Reproductive Biology, what skills you want to achieve, and why, then enable you develop your understanding of your field of study in a project proposal, and to reflect upon the attainment of all your learning gains. In the final reflective report you will develop skills and insight to articulate all your learning associated with your project, and how this will be useful to you in achieving your future aspirations.
This course offers you a learning framework to reflect on your acquisition of academic, professional and personal skills when choosing, planning for, and during your Honours Project. With tutor support, the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) framework gives you autonomy and ownership. It requires you to frequently use a blog, and to collect and curate evidence of your learning as a reflective e-portofolio, focussed on your project. Your portfolio will capture what sort of project you want to undertake during Reproductive Biology, what skills you want to achieve, and why. It will then enable you to reflect upon the attainment of all your learning gains during the project. By the end, in the 'Final Reflective Report', you will have developed skills and insight to articulate all your learning experiences, and how this will be useful to you in achieving your future aspirations.
With the guidance and support of an academic tutor you will consider the wide spectrum of academic, professional, and personal aims you will gain throughout your project experience. You will use these to define your own learning outcomes in a reflective 'Reflective Learning Proposal', submitted in semester 1. You will look forward to your project to examine the development of the 'Graduate Attributes' you will need and aim to acquire. Early in semester 2, you will write a 'Project Proposal', which forms 50% of the summative assessment, which will enable you to begin to understand the complexities of your project work, the academic field of study in which it lies, and to gain insight into asking a scientific question in this context, whilst developing your scientific writing skills. You will receive formative feedback when writing this from your project supervisor. You will reflect and draw on your experiences midway into your project, to write your formative 'Interim Reflective Report', using evidence collected in your e-portfolio, for instance formative feedback and your reflective blog. This is in the same format as your 'Final Reflective Report' submitted at the end enabling you to articulate all the learning associated with your project. An important element of this is to reflect on how successfully you have achieved your learning outcomes, and provide a self-assessment. The 'Final Reflective Report' forms the other 50% of the summative assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
50% Project Proposal, 50% SLICC "Final Reflective Report"
||You will be given detailed formative feedback:
(a) in Semester 1, by your SLICC tutor, in your Reflective Learning Proposal. You will reflect on what you wish to do for and achieve during your project, your aspirations as a graduate, whilst defining your own learning outcomes;
(b) early in Semester 2, by your project supervisor, on your Project Proposal. They will offer insight into your understanding of the academic field and context of your project, its hypothesis, aims, methodology and management, and your academic writing skills;
(c) midway through Semester 2, by your SLICC tutor, on your Interim Reflective Report. This enables you to reflect on your learning, challenges and solutions, at an important time that can beneficially influence the progress of your project. The Interim Reflective Report is in the same format as the Final Reflective Report, so this formative feedback is directly aligned with the final summative assessment.
You will receive summative feedback on your Final Reflective Report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- I will gain clear insight into my learning, in forming and answering a scientific question in the context of the specific field of study of my project
- I will reflect upon the develop of my skills in communicating complex scientific concepts and findings to a range of audiences
- I will be able to reflect upon and convey the development of a wide range of my professional and personal skills, including teamworking, project and time management
- I will gain skills in developing and reflecting upon a portfolio of my professional and personal learning
- I will gain insight into my strengths, weaknesses, skills and mindsets, and use these to reflect on and articulate my future aspirations
|Resources are provided online. These resources include guidance on: reflection and reflective models; generating your learning outcomes; collecting and curating evidence of learning using an e-portfolio; writing reflective reports on your learning; using the PebblePad workbook, reflective blog and webfolio|
Bassot B. The Reflective Journal. Palgrave. (2016; 2nd Ed)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The Project SLICC learning outcomes are derived from and embedded in the institutional Graduate Attributes. The learning outcomes are flexible to provide you with some autonomy. With guidance from your assigned academic tutor, this flexibility of choice enables you, in the context of your own project, to focus on recognising and developing your own skills and mindsets. You can select the specific attributes you consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking forward into your future professional and personal aims and career aspirations.
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Riley
Tel: (0131) 242 6423
|Course secretary||Mrs Amy Collier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3161