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Postgraduate Course: Transferring Knowledge to Society (PPLS11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course covers the process of how new knowledge from scientific research may be transferred to, and used by individuals and organisations in broader society.
Course description This five-week course involves lectures and intensive, small group seminar discussions to be provided by academic staff who will describe examples from their own research and the research of others that is of relevance not only for advancing knowledge but also has generated new knowledge, techniques, and possible or actual products that are being used in the broader society by individuals, public health and other service providers, and commercial organisations. At least one of the lecturers will be a non academic with experience of supporting these forms of knowledge transfer. The course will cover the process of undertaking the research together with the process of transferring research outcomes. This will include discussion of intellectual property, licensing, meeting requirements of regulatory bodies, and developing spin-off companies. The course will also discuss presenting evidence to policy makers, and means to disseminate science to the popular media and the general public.
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 Block 3 (Sem 2)
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework Essay, Maximum 2000 words (100%)

Students choose one essay title from a minimum of three titles that will be provided on the day of the final lecture on the course.
Feedback There will be in class discussion within each lecture, and during a tutorial.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate that they understand the process of transferring new scientific knowledge to the broader society
  2. demonstrate that they understand the process of disseminating scientific outcomes to the general public
  3. demonstrate that they understand how to interpret the results of scientific research that might be of broader relevance to society
  4. demonstrate an ability to write a description of scientific research in a form that is accurate and accessible to an educated, non-scientific readership
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to write a description of applicable scientific research for an educated, non-scientific audience.

Knowledge of how to support academic researchers for transfer of knowledge generated from their research into broader society.
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Course organiserProf Robert Logie
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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