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Undergraduate Course: Business Student-Led, Individually-Created Course (SLICC; summer) (BUST08038)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
Course typeStudent-Led Individually Created Course AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is limited to students who are enrolled on a Business School Undergraduate programme.

It forms part of the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) University-wide framework for self-designed experiential learning, where students reflect throughout their chosen experience, by the development of an e-portfolio to provide evidence of their learning. As a participating student, undertaking a SLICC will enable you to create a learning experience which is unique to you, while demonstrating your learning and academic achievement against defined learning outcomes.

This level 8 course will require you to demonstrate the development of your skills and understanding in terms of critical analysis, application and reflection, recognising and developing your skills and mindsets, and evaluation within a defined context of your self-created learning experience. This course will also enable you to demonstrate your ability to exercise autonomy and initiative at a professional level in practice and/or in a subject/discipline (or other approved) area.

If you are interested and wish to know more about this opportunity, please contact the Course Organiser directly to discuss.
Course description A SLICC requires you to propose, develop and manage a unique learning experience that will enable you to evidence how you have achieved the learning outcomes of the course.

Your self-designed learning experience is required to adhere to a defined structure that supports and enables you to self-direct and manage your own learning experience. Within this structure however, you have limitless possibilities regarding the topic or theme, content of study and nature of your experience, provided your proposal is academically feasible and is approved by the course organiser.

A SLICC, for example, may be based upon a particular learning opportunity such as an internship, work experience, pro-bono activity, community engagement, volunteering, or study-abroad and may also focus on a theme of personal and/or professional interest such as sustainability, social responsibility, equality and cultural diversity, or a disciplinary or interdisciplinary-based research theme.

The steps in undertaking a SLICC are as follows:
1) Identify a suitable opportunity within which to undertake your learning experience
2) Write your draft proposal and submit to the course organiser for approval
3) Self-direct and manage your own learning experience
4) Actively and regularly reflect upon and document your experience with evidence and use that as a basis for writing your self-critical 'Interim Reflective Report', then your 'Final Reflective Report'
5) Formatively self-assess and submit your 'Final Reflective Report' for summative assessment by the course organiser.

The steps identified above each require a significant amount of thought and input and will ultimately form part of a 'time-based' e-portfolio of evidence, which will be used in the assessment of your SLICC.

Undertaking a SLICC you will not only develop the content of your learning experience but also produce an agreed portfolio of outputs where you must evidence what you have learned and, importantly, where you demonstrate how you met the learning outcomes for the course.

If you have undertaken a SLICC in Year 1, you must clearly indicate how your learning in this later SLICC is different from, and/or builds upon your learning from your first SLICC.

Students should attend designated SLICC induction workshop 'Understanding your SLICC and getting it started', prior to submitting their proposal for review and approval. There is also a requirement to maintain an online blog for the duration of the learning experience indicating continuous self-critical reflection on progress.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Global Challenges for Business (BUST08035) AND The Business of Edinburgh (BUST08036) OR Foundations of Business (BUST08025)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Resources are all provided online
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A SLICC is assessed via three key components, a self-reflective report, an agreed portfolio of outputs and a formative self-assessment.

Self-critical 'Final Reflective Report' (100% weighting)
The reflective report is the key component of your assessment. You are expected to document and demonstrate active self-critical reflection and responses to your learning throughout your experience. It is essential that your report is linked to and draws upon your e-portfolio of evidence of your learning. Maximum word limit is 3000 words.

E-portfolio of evidence: At the proposal approval stage for your SLICC, the course organiser will discuss and agree with you what outputs and information need to be created, collated and submitted in your portfolio. This e-portfolio will support and provide evidence for your learning and development of skills throughout your SLICC. Your portfolio should be constructed throughout the duration of your learning experience, demonstrating evolution, iteration and progress over-time. It must include a regular reflective blog diary. It may contain other evidence, which may take many forms including photographs, documents, reports, feedback, video, podcasts, and other evidence.

Formative Self-Assessment: An important component of your final submission, in addition to your ability to self-critically reflect on your experience, is to demonstrate your understanding of your achievements through graded self-assessment. In your self-assessment you are required to demonstrate the alignment of the grades given by you for each learning outcome to the justification for them, and where this is evidenced within your portfolio.
Feedback You will be given detailed formative feedback at:

(a) the stage of reflecting on what you wish to do for and achieve during your project, whilst defining your own learning outcomes in your 'Proposal'; setting these effectively at the start is a key element to the SLICC;
(b) on your 'Interim Reflective Report' due half-way through the SLICC. This permits you to reflect and act on this feedback before submission of the 'Final Reflective Report', but will also be at a time to gain deep insight into and beneficially influence the progress of your project. The 'Interim Reflective Report' is in the same format as the 'Final Reflective Report', so formative feedback is directly aligned with the final summative assessment.

You will receive summative feedback on the 'Final Reflective Report'.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. (ANALYSIS) I am able to demonstrate how I have actively developed my understanding of the context/setting of my SLICC
  2. (APPLICATION) I am able to draw on and apply a range of relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively with my SLICC, identifying where I need to improve these and/or develop new ones
  3. (RECOGNISING AND DEVELOPING SKILLS) I am able to demonstrate how I have used experiences during my SLICC to actively develop my skills in the focused area of¿ [Student selects one of the four skills groups contained in the University¿s Graduate Attributes Framework: ] ¿research and enquiry. ¿personal and intellectual autonomy. ¿communication. ¿personal effectiveness. [Student may need to add specific skill of focus, for example '¿in the focused area of personal effectiveness, in particular teamwork.' This is supported by their SLICC course coordinator]
  4. (RECOGNISING AND DEVELOPING MINDSETS) I am able to demonstrate how I have used experiences during my SLICC to actively explore my mindset towards¿ [Student selects one of the three mindsets contained in the University¿s Graduate Attributes Framework: ] ¿enquiry and lifelong learning. ¿aspiration and personal development. ¿outlook and engagement. [making this choice is supported by their SLICC course coordinator]
  5. (EVALUATION) I am able to evaluate and critically reflect upon my approach, my learning and my development throughout my SLICC.
Reading List
Suggested reading:
Bassot, B. The Reflective Journal, Palgrave. 2nd Ed.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertaking a SLICC will enable each student to develop their abilities in self-critical reflection, organisation and time-management, self-assessment, evaluation of standards and competencies achieved, application of prior learning in a defined context, and provide opportunities to further develop analytical and presentation skills.

The SLICC learning outcomes are derived from and embedded in the University of Edinburgh's 'Graduate Attributes' as articulated by the Business School. The learning outcomes are flexible to provide students with autonomy.

With guidance from the course organiser, this flexibility of choice enables you, in the context of your own chosen experience, to focus on your own particular 'skills' and 'mindset'. You can select the specific attributes you consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking into your current and future professional and personal aims and career aspirations.
Special Arrangements 1. Applications: February-March
2. Proposal: March-April
3. SLICC commences May onwards
4. Interim Reflective Report: date specified in the proposal
5. Final Reflective report: August 2018 at a date to be confirmed
6. Feedback and Showcase: September-October
Additional Class Delivery Information This SLICC is limited to students enrolled on a Business School Undergraduate programme

Length of the SLICC - minimum period of 5 weeks.

Studying at another academic institution cannot be combined with a SLICC.
KeywordsSLICC,experiential,student-led,autonomy,research-led learning,reflective,reflection,e-portfo
Course organiserDr Simon Riley
Tel: (0131) 242 6423
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