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Postgraduate Course: Science Communication and Public Engagement Dissertation (BIME11135)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course involves producing an extended piece of scholarship (dissertation) which is distinguishable from assessed course work by the greater depth of investigation, analysis, comprehension and critique demonstrated
The dissertation should have a clear focus with definable objectives and boundaries, achievable in the time and word limit available.
Course description There are two main options available to the student
a) A practical project in which the student develops a science communication resource, trials and evaluated the delivery of the resource and reflects on the process of design development, delivery and evaluation. The students will explore current practice and other relevant information in the dissertation in addition to reflecting on the process and evaluation involved in the development of a science communication resource.
b) A research project in which the students choose a topic of interest and conduct research using social research methods (mainly qualitative). The dissertation will explore relevant, current knowledge in addition to critically analysing their own research in the context of existing knowledge.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 576 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation 100%
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided through dissertation supervision meetings and summative feedback will be provided when the final mark is released following the Board of Examiners meeting.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. plan and execute a research or practical project.
  2. utilise relevant literature sources.
  3. demonstrate understanding on the field, drawing on learning from the programme and wider literature.
  4. demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis, discussion and conclusions of the dissertation.
Learning Resources
Project dependent.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills (e.g. evaluation, critical analysis);
communication, and IT skills; and
autonomy, accountability and working with others.
KeywordsScience communication,public engagement,critical thinking,knowledge,understanding,application
Course organiserDr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
Course secretaryMr Stephen Graham
Tel: (0131 6)51 5232
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