Undergraduate Course: Informatics Experiential Learning (Level 8) (INFR08033)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
|Course type||Student-Led Individually Created Course
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Informatics Experiential Learning is available only to students actively participating in the Edinburgh University Formula Student, e.g. demonstrated by EUFS participation throughout year 1 of their studies.
This course forms part of the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) University-wide framework for self-designed experiential learning, where students reflect throughout their chosen extra-curricular experience, by the development of an e-portfolio to provide evidence of their learning. As a participating student, undertaking a SLICC will enable students to create a unique learning experience, while demonstrating their learning and academic achievement against defined learning outcomes.
This level 8 course will require students to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding in terms of critical analysis, application, reflection, recognising and developing your skills and mindsets, and evaluation within a defined context of their learning experience. This course will also enable students 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.
Informatics Experiential Learning is available only to students actively participating in the Edinburgh University Formula Student.
The Informatics Experiential Learning requires students to propose, develop and manage a unique learning experience that will enable the student to evidence how they have achieved the learning outcomes of the course.
The student's self-designed learning experience is required to adhere to a defined structure that supports and enables the student to self-direct and manage their own learning experience. Within this structure however, students have limitless possibilities regarding the topic or theme, content of study and nature of their experience, provided their proposal is academically feasible and is approved by the course organiser or tutor.
Informatics Experiential Learning, for example, may be based upon a particular extra-curricular 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 this course are as follows:
1. Identify a suitable opportunity within which to undertake your learning experience, and attend an introductory Informatics Experiential Learning workshop
2. Write your draft proposal and submit to your tutor/advisor 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 your tutor.
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 the Informatics Experiential Learning course.
Undertaking Informatics Experiential Learning, students will not only develop the content of their learning experience but also produce an agreed portfolio of outputs where they must evidence what they have learned and, importantly, where they demonstrate how they met the learning outcomes for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to students from the School of Informatics who have been accepted to the Edinburgh University Formula Student as members.
It is expected that students join EUFS in S1 of UG1. These students can then take IEL-8 in UG2.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course is a Student Led Individually Created Course (SLICC). This requires a student to setup the goals for the year at the start of the academic year. They are assigned a tutor which will help with setting these goals and evaluating the progress throughout the year. There is an interim report on progress in the middle of the year which is submitted to be reviewed by the tutor. At the end of the year, the assessment is done via a self-reflection essay submitted.
||Feedback will be provided through marking of the self-reflection report submitted at the end of the year. Formative feedback will be provided for the interim report by the tutor.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- (analysis) Students will be able to demonstrate how they have actively developed their understanding of the context/setting of their Informatics Experiential Learning.
- (application) Students will be able to draw on and apply a range of relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively with their Informatics Experiential Learning, identifying where they need to improve these skills and attributes and/or develop new ones.
- (recognising and developing skills) Students will be able to demonstrate how they have used experiences during their Informatics Experiential Learning course to actively develop their skills in the focussed area of.. (Student selects one of the four skills groups contained in the University's Graduate Attributes Framework: http://www.ed.ac.uk/employability/graduate-attributes) either/ research and enquiry, or/ personal and intellectual autonomy, or/ communication, or personal effectiveness (Student may need to add specific skill of focus, for example 'in the focussed area of personal effectiveness, in particular teamwork.') This is supported by their Informatics Experiential Learning course organiser or tutor.
- (recognising and developing mindsets) Students are able to demonstrate how they have used experiences during their Informatics Experiential Learning course to actively explore their mindset towards.. (Student selects one of the three mindsets contained in the University's Graduate Attributes Framework: http://www.ed.ac.uk/employability/graduate-attributes ) either/ enquiry and lifelong learning, or/ aspiration and personal development, or/ outlook and engagement. Making this choice is supported by their Informatics Experiential Learning course tutor.
- (evaluation) Students are able to evaluate and critically reflect upon their approach, learning and development throughout the Informatics Experiential Learning course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Undertaking the Informatics Experiential Learning course 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 Informatics Experiential Learning learning outcomes are derived from and embedded in the institutional 'Graduate Attributes'. The learning outcomes are flexible to provide students with autonomy. With guidance from your assigned academic tutor, this flexibility of choice enables students, in the context of their own chosen experience, to focus on their own particular 'skills' and 'mindset'. Students can select the specific attributes that they consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking into their current and future professional and personal aims and career aspirations. Typically students will learn to:
- Setup realistic deadlines, keep to those deadlines and have contingency plans
- Communicate ideas in an interdisciplinary team with various backgrounds and knowledge levels
- Work independently and with guidance provided from more experienced members
|Keywords||Robotics,AI,Edinburgh University Formula Student
|Course organiser||Mr David Symons
Tel: (0131 6)51 5661
|Course secretary||Ms Kendal Reid
Tel: (0131 6)51 3249