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Undergraduate Course: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Practice 1: Foundations (EFIE07003)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPlease note this course is only available for students on Interdisciplinary Futures (MA) programme.

In this course you will discover approaches for reflecting on and growing in your interdisciplinary practice. You will do this by sharing and collaborating with peers to increase your insights as an interdisciplinary practitioner, while building confidence in taking ownership for you learning and interdisciplinary practice.

Topics will include frameworks and models for reflection, personal and collective goalsetting, wellbeing, and different ways in which knowledge and knowledge creation are approached across academic fields.
Course description Interdisciplinary learning is key to the MA (Hons) in Interdisciplinary Futures, with this course helping you link the discrete programme components to make sense of it as a whole. The course's primary function is to provide you with the theories, tools and methods to integrate and consolidate your learning and development from across the programme, linking it to your own goals for your studies and beyond. The course combines the exploration of Knowledge Creation in different disciplines and subject areas with learning about and reflection on areas of Personal Growth. This will lead to a deep critical understanding of how different personal and discipline-based perceptions, biases, and ways of looking at the world shape our thinking and behaviour, and will support you in skilfully harnessing this understanding to successfully engage with global challenges.

The focus of Reflections on Interdisciplinary Practice: Foundations is on transitions into university. You will learn about the foundations of study at university level, and how this may differ from prior study. This will include the fundamentals of critical thinking, sourcing data and effectively working with evidence to construct an argument. You will learn how to effectively use the library and other sources of information (e.g. databases, online sources) and how to evaluate these critically - by exploring how knowledge is constructed, and how this is reflected in the organisation of libraries, databases and other sources of information (Knowledge Creation). You will be introduced to different methods and frameworks for reflection, and frameworks for goal setting and evaluating progress against these goals. You will learn about team working and collaboration, including team dynamics and how diverse groups function, while gaining insights into successful teams-learning which can subsequently be applied to group projects elsewhere in the programme (Personal Growth).

Student Learning Experience:

Through this course you will learn and apply strategies for both academic and personal growth. This will include space for peer support activities (within and across cohorts), and support through key transition periods - i.e. into university and preparation for the transition into 2nd year. All components will be introduced in a combination of theory (foundations and principles) and practice (activities to engage in/with and apply the theory). These components will be delivered through a mix of activities that might include presentations, podcasts, video content and workshops, alongside practical exercises and activities with peers. There will also be time and space for writing and individual reflections.

You will apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course to other parts of the degree programme, through a cycle of learning where you are introduced to theoretical foundations of a topic, observe, and then reflect on other programme components through this lens. Reflections and insights will be shared with peers on the course, leading to a deeper understanding of the theories and frameworks (and potential limitations). You will be aided in your progress by staff who you will meet individually or in groups at key stages throughout the year (beginning, middle and end) to discuss your personal goals, and to help assess your progress.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Co-requisites Students MUST also take:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please note this course is only available for students on Interdisciplinary Futures (MA) programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 130 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed on a pass/fail basis; no marks will be given.«br /»
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Reflective submissions «br /»
(4 formative outputs equivalent to 500-1000 words each, 2 summative outputs equivalent to ~1500 words each)«br /»
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Students are required to submit a series of reflective submissions detailing the exploration of Knowledge Creation and accompanying Personal Growth, how their learning integrates across these, and across the programme as a whole, incorporating relevant evidence as appropriate (see below). «br /»
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Semester 1: «br /»
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- Introductory reflection (personal goals and growth - formative) «br /»
- Mid-semester reflection (focusing on aspect(s) of knowledge creation e.g. different disciplinary approaches - formative) «br /»
- End-semester reflection (integration of Personal Growth and Knowledge Creation - summative) «br /»
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Semester 2:«br /»
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- Reflection on progress towards goals and growth (formative) «br /»
- Mid-semester draft output (e.g. essay, podcast critically engaging with theories and frameworks introduced in the course - formative) «br /»
- Final output and accompanying reflective submission (incorporating evidence from across the year linking Personal Growth and Knowledge Creation - summative) «br /»
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2 formative pieces (at the start of each semester) will focus on goal setting and progress towards these.«br /»
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Evidence Portfolio:«br /»
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Students are also required to submit a portfolio of work evidencing the activities and application from across this course and other courses, linked to the reflective submissions, with relevant evidence also expected to demonstrate the course Learning Outcomes.
Feedback Feedback will be given on the reflective outputs (including one half-way through the course). Students will also receive feedback - both from staff and their peers - on the formative outputs.

In addition to this feedback linked to specific components of assessment, students will also receive feedback on their ideas and their formative work during workshop sessions and discussions (formal and informal).

A key element of the course is individual goal setting: students will learn about different frameworks for this and also learn how to apply such frameworks to the setting and evaluation of their own individual goals. Feedback on these goals (and the reflection on them) will be given at least twice each year.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the dynamic nature of knowledge creation and how this is embedded in key theories and principles of interdisciplinary research.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of key methods in practical contexts, reflecting on and understanding the usefulness of these.
  3. Present and communicate arguments and ideas using formats appropriate for a range of audiences and contexts.
  4. Work collaboratively within interdisciplinary groups, while exercising initiative and independence when carrying out specific research tasks relevant to group and individual work.
  5. Understand and apply models and theories of personal and professional development, including wellbeing, and develop and reflectively work towards their goals in order to meet personal, academic and professional challenges.
Reading List
Bassot, B. (2013). The Reflective Journal. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Moon, J.A. (2004). A handbook of reflective and experiential learning: theory and practice. London: Routledge Falmer.

Schön, D. (1983). The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action. New York: Basic Books.

Thompson, S. & Thompson, N. (2008). The critically reflective practitioner. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertaking this course will enable students to develop, apply and reflect on their research and enquiry skills by using a range of methods of academic enquiry and analysis needed for interdisciplinary practice. Students will exercise autonomy, responsibility and initiative while communicating and collaborating with peers and partners across a range of contexts, working in ways that show awareness of and reflection on collective and individual responsibilities. Students will use a wide range of personal and professional skills to adapt to unfamiliar contexts and environments, and demonstrate the ability to transfer learning and skills across these.

Graduate attributes are closely linked to the learning outcomes, which have a degree of flexibility to provide students with autonomy. With appropriate guidance and feedback, this flexibility will allow students to focus on particular skills and mindsets in the context of different experiences, selecting specific attributes they consider the most important to reflect upon, linked to current and future professional and personal aims, and career aspirations.
KeywordsInterdisciplinary,Futures,MA,UG,EFI,Interdisciplinary Practice,Reflection,Foundations
Course organiserDr Sabine Rolle
Tel: (0131 6)50 3670
Course secretaryMiss Katarzyna Pietrzak
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