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Postgraduate Course: Year 4 Engagement for Impact IV (IMSE11004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a SCQF Level 11, 20 credit course, designed for the PhD with Integrated Studies in Medical Sciences with Engagement.

Students will complete a portfolio of engagement activities and reflection, developing, delivering, evaluating and reaches conclusions using novel research-specific engagement, enabling the student to demonstrate their ability to apply their learning (from taught courses) to engage the appropriate publics with their research.
This course will combine evaluation of the tangible Engagement for Impact outputs, with a complementary reflective process based on the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) framework learned by the students in the Year 1 Engagement for Impact I course (which all students taking this course will have already completed).
Course description Students, with mentor guidance, will propose, develop and manage a bespoke learning experience that will complement the taught courses on the PhD, and evidence how the learning outcomes of this course have been achieved.

The students will complete their engagement for impact outputs portfolio over the first 6 months of year 4 of the PhD, assessed at the end of this course on the basis of Year 4 work, but also viewed cumulatively over the full PhD. This will culminate in an open presentation of portfolios event for all students. This will enable the students to demonstrate their ability to apply their learning (from years 1-4 taught courses) to engage relevant publics with their own PhD research. These outputs will be in whatever form is most appropriate for the audience most relevant for the research project. The portfolio will compromise them assessed resources / outputs themselves, accompanied by an assessed reflection (see below), incorporating evaluation and future potential with respect to their experiential projects and opportunities, based around an e-portfolio of reflective blogs, evidence and reports. The students will already be familiar with the SLICC framework and apply the same reflective skills and approaches to his course.

This course will combine formal assessment of outputs with reflective assessment. The latter will adopt the SLICC reflective framework applied to experiential projects and opportunities, based around an e-portfolio of reflective blogs, evidence and reports. Of relevance to this training stage, students may not achieve everything they set out to do, but the SLICC reflective framework allows students to show how they have learnt from working on problems and even their mistakes, and demonstrating how they would work in the future.

Students will:
1) Agree suitable opportunities within which to undertake development of their experiential learning to generate tangible Engagement for Impact outputs.
2) Write a draft proposal, to be approved by the course mentor
3) Self-direct and manage the learning opportunity and experience, with regular mentor meetings.
4) Regularly reflect upon and document the learning experience with evidence and use that as a basis for writing a self-critical Interim Reflective Report, then Final Reflective Report
5) Formatively self-assess and submit a Final Reflective Report or summative assessment

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Fieldwork Hours 70, Formative Assessment Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 81 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative Feedback

Students will be given detailed formative feedback at:

(a) 6 mentored session with public engagement practitioners in the final year.
b) the stage of planning and reflecting on the purpose and nature of the experiential learning / application components of project (to be completed in October) ¿ setting these effectively at the start is a key element of the course;
(c) the Interim Reflective Report (to be completed in January). This permits students 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 the 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.

Students will also receive summative feedback on their Final Reflective Report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will demonstrate d effective application of a critical understanding of complexities, challenges and wider implications of the knowledge and theory gained from their bespoke core and selected courses across years 1 ¿ 4 of the PhD.
  2. Students will demonstrate how they have used experiential learning from across all aspects of their PhD training in their portfolio development to actively explore their mindset towards engagement for impact.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply engagement for impact learning in the context of their own research project completing all phases of the initiation, development, delivery, evaluation and defining future directions for novel engagements with appropriate audiences, creating a coherent final body of work.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to draw on and apply relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively in practice using novel engagements and identifying where they need to improve these and/or develop new ones.
  5. Students will demonstrate their ability to evaluate and critically reflect upon their approach, their learning, their development, and their Engagement for Impact outputs, reflecting on the final complete body of work and future directions for this work.
Reading List
Reflection toolkit:

Graduate Attributes Reflecting on your Experiences

Other readings will be identified on a case by case basis as required due to the bespoke nature of individual student experience.

Mentoring support provided by experienced public engagement practitioners.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills a) Ability to apply learning in a practical context
b) Self-direction
c) Communication skills
d) Evaluation skills
e) Creativity and design skills
f) Reflective practice
g) The ability to prioritise and utilise engagement for impact skills as a core part of medical research
Keywordsportfolio,engagment,science communication,data design,patient involvement,experiential
Course organiserDr Donald Davidson
Tel: 0131 242 6658
Course secretaryMrs Alexandra Correia Pinto Moreira
Tel: (0131) 242 9484
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