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Postgraduate Course: Public Engagement and Communication of Precision Medicine (MCLM11088)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn this course, students will be introduced to Public Engagement by receiving a wide range of lecture-based teaching, training and discussion fora covering - communication, design and practice of interactive public engagement.
Course description Teaching in the form of lectures, discussion groups and workshops will give in-depth understanding of the intricacies of Public Engagement.

Teaching will be delivered in small student groups with considerable opportunities for discussion, exploration and development of communication skills including VLOGS/BLOGS and practical design of Public Engagement events.

Students will run and evaluate their specific Public Engagement/communication activities at suitable events or other appropriate venues/platforms.
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:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% - Performance of activities followed by 1500-word reflective report on the learning experience on the design and experience of the engagement activities.
Feedback Students will be given written feedback on their report.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate critical learning of advanced oral and written communication skills , ensuring they can engage in dialogue with both the scientific disciplines and broader public audiences about their interdisciplinary research
  2. critically discuss and design effective research activities for Public Engagement
  3. effectively plan, organise and manage Public Engagement activities and events
  4. critically evaluate the impact of these events
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Students will use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
- Exposure to public engagement, they will become innovative, confident and reflective lifelong learners.
- Students will use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
- Students will become effective and proactive individuals, skilled in the ability to identify and creatively tackle problems, influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity
Keywordspublic engagement,communication,ethics,dialogue,impact,reflection,precision medicine
Course organiserDr Susan Farrington
Tel: (0131) 332 2471
Course secretaryMiss Kate Hardman
Tel: (0131 6)51 7891
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