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Undergraduate Course: Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) Reflective Learning Portfolio (EDUA08114)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport 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 forms the primary learning experience for the Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) project and is based upon the Student-Led Individually-Created Course (SLICC) University-wide reflective learning and assessment framework. The NICE reflective e-portfolio of learning is a self-designed experiential learning assignment, where students reflect upon their experience of working within a transnational team to resolve a global challenge. The course will run from the middle of second semester and into summer vacation. The e-portfolio is a space for students to provide evidence of their learning. As a participating student, undertaking the NICE SLICC will enable you to create a learning experience, which is unique to you and your own academic and professional aspirations, 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, reflection, recognising and developing your skills and mindsets, and evaluation within a defined context of your learning experience. This course will also enable you to demonstrate your ability to exercise autonomy and initiative when tackling a global challenge.
Course description A Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE) 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 NICE learning experience adheres to a defined structure that supports and enables you to self-direct and manage your own learning experience. Within this structure however, you will have the opportunity to shape your learning outcomes around your interests and goals within the specific context of NICE, your trans-national team, and selected global challenge, provided your proposal is academically feasible and is approved by your tutor.

The steps in undertaking a NICE SLICC are as follows:
1) Identify your team's global challenge and consider ways in which you can shape your learning experience around it.
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 your NICE SLICC.

Undertaking a NICE 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements All prospective students must contact Edinburgh Global SWAY Projects Team before enrolling on this course.
Additional Costs Students who choose to and are selected to attend the summer school will have their travel and accommodation subsidised, though they may incur costs above the subsidation rates.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAll prospective students must contact Edinburgh Global SWAY Projects Team before enrolling on this course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Flexible
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) The Learning outcomes are assessed through a 100% assessed 'In Course Assessment'. There are three key components that are assessed: a summatively assessed 'Final Reflective Report' (100%) that is linked to a wide-ranging 'E-Portfolio of Evidence' (0%) of learning; and a 'Self-Assessment' (0%) that is formative. «br /»
'E-Portfolio of Evidence' (0%) - At the proposal approval stage for your NICE SLICC, your tutor/advisor 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 NICE 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 should contain other evidence, which may take many forms including photographs, documents, reports, feedback, video, podcasts, etc. «br /»
The 'E-Portfolio of Evidence' is used to support the assessments of against Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. «br /»
Formative 'Self-Assessment' (0%) - 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 e-portfolio. «br /»
Self-critical 'Final Reflective Report' (100%) - This 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.«br /»
The 'Final Reflective Report' is assessed against Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5: the report's structure directs you to reflect upon your experience of the NICE SLICC as it relates to each of the five individual learning outcomes.
Feedback You will be given detailed formative feedback from your tutor 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 NICE SLICC;
(b) on your 'Interim Reflective Report'. 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.
(c) In addition, you will also seek, recognise, gain, capture and curate, then act upon a wide-ranging and rich collection of feedback from multiple sources, throughout your NICE SLICC. This will be an important theme in your 'E-Portfolio of Evidence' of learning.
You will receive summative feedback from your tutor on your '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 NICE 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 NICE 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 NICE SLICC to actively develop my skills in the focussed area of... (student selects one of the four skills groups contained in the University's Graduate Attributes Framework:
  4. (recognising and developing mindsets) I am able to demonstrate how I have used experiences during my NICE SLICC to actively explore my mindset towards.. .. (Student selects one of the three mindsets contained in the University's Graduate Attributes Framework:
  5. (evaluation) I am able to evaluate and critically reflect upon my approach, my learning and my development throughout my NICE SLICC
Reading List
The Reflective Journal, B Bassot, Palgrave. 2nd Ed, 2016.
Reflective Writing (Pocket Study Skills), K Williams & M Woolliams, Palgrave Macmillan Education, 2012.
Success in Groupwork (Pocket Study Skills), P Hartley & M Dawson, Palgrave Macmillan Education, 2010.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertaking a NICE 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 NICE SLICC 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 NICE SLICC tutor, 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 that you consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking into your current and future professional and personal aims and career aspirations.
Additional Class Delivery Information Seven online modules
KeywordsNICE,entrepreneurship,intercultural competence,employability,SLICC,experiential,student-led
Course organiserProf Simon Riley
Tel: (0131) 242 6423
Course secretaryMiss Emma Forrest
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