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Undergraduate Course: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Practice 2: Growing Confidence (EFIE08007)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course you will expand your self-awareness and skill using increasingly varied approaches for reflecting on and growing in your interdisciplinary practice. Topics will include growth mindset and models of resilience; equality, diversity and inclusion; narratives of self, and different approaches knowledge creation in the history of science.
Course description Reflections on Interdisciplinary Practice 2: Growing Confidence continues to support you in your academic and personal growth by giving you the space and tools to reflect on your learning and development from across the degree and beyond. It encourages you to compare, apply and test theories that allow you to synthesise the discrete components of the programme, and to share your reflections with your peers in order to deepen your insights as an interdisciplinary practitioner.

Consolidating and building on the foundational skills and knowledge practices introduced in first year, you will be introduced to a wider range of theories and frameworks for reflection, goal setting and teamwork, encouraging you to compare them against each other and to select those that are most appropriate for your aims and projects.

An additional aspect of personal growth in second year will be the introduction of training and application of basic peer mentoring techniques, in preparation for a role as mentor of first and second-year students that you may take on in your third year. There will also be an emphasis on building assessment literacy: you will learn tools and methods for self- and peer assessment (how to evaluate your own and other people's work against set criteria, how to give helpful feedback) and you will apply those in small groups of students to offer each other mutual support.

One area of focus for the second semester will be understanding different approaches to standard setting and measurements of success, including assessment. This paves the way for transition into the honours level of study, when your work will be graded, contributing to your final degree classification. Other topics covered this year will include narratives of self; this will help you explore different ways of articulating your own experiences and value to other people (including on CVs and in letters of application). Comparison of different knowledge systems and how they are constructed across cultures as well as in historical perspective will allow you contextualise the different methodologies introduced in Researching Global Challenges and how they relate to the global challenge theme that is the focus of this year.

Student Learning Experience:

All components will be presented in a combination of theory and practice. Content will be introduced in weekly sessions offering a mix of presentations, video content, workshops and group discussions as well as time for individual reflection and writing. You will be asked to apply your learning to the other courses you are taking and to reflect on this experience, sharing your reflections in subsequent sessions to allow you to test the theoretical frameworks and deepening your insight. The sessions will be led by academic staff and/or peer mentors. At the beginning, middle and end of the year you will have individual and/or group meetings with a staff mentor to set your goals for the year and evaluate your progress against those goals.

Assessment will take the form of a series of reflective submissions (e.g. blogs, vlogs, diaries) alongside more specific outputs (e.g. short essays on the theories introduced throughout the course, creative outputs, annotated CV, written feedback on own or another student's work), linked to the evidence portfolio used to provide appropriate evidence from other courses and activities (e.g. log of relevant activity, evaluation of submissions and personal goals).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the scope and dynamic nature of knowledge creation in some specialist areas, and how this is embedded in key theories and principles of interdisciplinary research.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of key methods in varied and unpredictable practical contexts, reflecting on and understanding of the usefulness and limitations of these.
  3. Present and communicate arguments and ideas using formats appropriate for a range of internal and external audiences across different contexts, while critically evaluating the significance of these.
  4. Work collaboratively within interdisciplinary groups in ways that show awareness of different roles and responsibilities, 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
Indicative Reading List:

Bloxham, S., Boyd, P., & Orr, S. (2011) Mark my words: the role of assessment criteria in UK higher education grading practices. Studies in Higher Education, 36(6), 655-670.

Freire, P. (1973). Education for critical consciousness. New York: Herder & Herder. Kinsella, E.A. (2009). Professional knowledge and the epistemology of reflective practice. Nursing Philosophy, 11, 3-14

Heilbron, J. et al (2003). The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Henry, J. (2012). A Short History of Scientific Thought. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Piaget, J. (1971). Psychology and epistemology: towards a theory of knowledge. New York: Grossman.

Reynolds, M. & Vince, R. (2004). Organizing reflection. England: Ashgate Publishing.

Ross, J. (2011). Traces of self: online reflective practices and performances in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 16(1), 113-126.
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.
KeywordsMA,Interdisciplinary,Interdisciplinary Futures,UG,Level 8,EFI,Interdisciplinary Practice,Reflection
Course organiserDr Andrew Cross
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