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Postgraduate Course: Case Studies in Design Informatics 2 (INFR11095)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHow would you help the next generation of Design Informatics students avoid the mistakes you made? Every time a decision is made to pursue one course of action, other routes are closed off. The goal is to lead a group of fresh thinkers to see why you made particular project design decisions, and to help them map out a different service or product that could be built from the same components.
Course description This course extends students' engagement with real examples in the emerging field of Design Informatics. A key component of the course is the detailed evaluation and rationale behind several current research projects that highlight the limitations of the state of the art, or novel use of the latest theories and technologies. The primary learning outcome is the development of specialist reflective and leadership skills that can then be exploited in future industrial application or academic research into Design Informatics.

The senior students following this course as part of a two-year masters complete a compulsory summer placement, and then work with junior students (normally, who are enrolled in CDI1).

The syllabus divides into three parts.
- In Part 1, students complete a summer internship placement and are then debriefed on it in a series of tutorials in the beginning of the year
- In Part 2, students support junior students (typically enrolled in CDI1) in their group case studies. This support can take a variety of forms, from mentoring a group of younger students to providing training and support in specialist techniques.
- In Part 3, concurrently to the support provided to junior students, the students are mentored on their final Masters thesis, similar to the Informatics Research Proposal (INFR11137). This mentoring is in addition to the work students do with their supervisors and will cover key skills required to complete a Masters thesis

For Parts 1 and 3, a mix of tutorials and lectures are used.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Case Studies in Design Informatics 1 (INFR11094)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 14, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

Assessments are all submitted and marked individually:
40% reflective report on the internship (including presentation materials) 20% 500 word reflective piece on students' experience of mentoring and leadership while working with junior students
40% 1500-word literature review and work plan in preparation for their masters thesis
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate that they can contribute to the activities of a small group, usually in the commercial sector
  2. critically evaluate personal experience in addressing problems and suggesting potential solutions, and present conclusions using multimodal tools
  3. introduce selected problems as potential new case studies
  4. lead discussion in analysing problems and scoping solutions
  5. mentor colleagues who extend, through engineering and/or design methods, specific features or applications identified in one real example
Reading List
Readings are provided by teachers. Each week students are asked to read one or more papers. The list varies from year to year.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Throughout the course, there are peer support labs for the students on this course, who function as team leaders for students pursuing CDI1.
Special Arrangements Placements involve students spending from 1-3 months onsite with a host company or organisation. Since the Design Informatics Community of Interest is the source of host companies, many of these are local to Central Scotland, but any interested UK-based company in our Community can be considered as a host. Host companies may pay the student a salary or stipend at their own discretion, but must agree to cover travel/accommodation/subsistence costs for students as required, depending on their location. In the case of non home/EU students, any discretionary salary arrangements must be compatible with regulations of the UK Borders Agency.
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Course organiserDr John Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 4420
Course secretaryMs Lindsay Seal
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
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