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Undergraduate Course: Sensing in the Community 2 (SCEE08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a 20-credit, optional, Semester 2 course. It has been designed as an interdisciplinary cross college course offered to 2nd year engineering, chemistry, health and social science students and biomedical sciences undergraduates.

The course has been designed as part of the wider and successful EPSRC 'Our Health' Interdisciplinary Research Programme.

Students will form interdisciplinary research teams and work together to investigate research questions around health and wellbeing that have been posed by 'Our Health' patient and local community partners.

The course offers students the opportunity to benefit from enriched experiential interdisciplinary learning as they apply their own academic rigour to the research question while simultaneously acquiring an interactive expertise of other disciplines throughout the research process. Students develop new skills and graduate attributes such as research management and planning, teamwork, negotiation, critical thinking and perspective taking through their community engagement. They gain a clear sense of their own ethical and social responsibility as they engage with these real-world problems around health and wellbeing that respond directly to the UNs SDGs.

Each team of students are introduced to a mentor who is associated with the Our Health Programme and will guide the student teams in each phase of their project work, via weekly meetings. The student mentor will also introduce the student teams to their community partners who will describe the research question and initiate the research project.

If the quota has been reached and you are interested in joining this course, please contact the Course Secretary.
Course description The course comprises of two phases

Phase 1 - the student teams meet project mentors and community partners and begin an induction to research planning, management, as well as concepts of interdisciplinary research, community-based research, ethical protocols and research innovation. Expertise in these areas will drawn from across the EPSRC Our Health programme (and associated interdisciplinary research project EPSRC Proteus/EPSRC InLightenUS). Community partners will introduce the student teams to the real-world research question. They will then work together with community partners to understand its social, scientific and commercial implications and applications. Students will present their findings and be assessed on those presentations.

Phase 2 - Students will develop a research plan for their research question, including context and clinical need, methodologies, experimental design and justifications. At the end of phase 2 students will present their research plans and will be assessed on content and communication skills.

Throughout Phase 1 and 2 students will submit a series of structured reflective journals that are designed to encourage them to reflect upon the knowledge and skills they are actively developing throughout their research project. These journals will be assessed on students' critical reflection.
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:  49
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, External Visit Hours 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 12 Staff hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
Feedback Mentors will offer feedback during student team meetings and through formative feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Work effectively in an interdisciplinary team to critically assess a research question set by community partners, making use of different disciplinary perspectives and various socioeconomic contexts.
  2. Understand the key principles of community based research and demonstrate a broader and contextually relevant understanding of health and well-being in real-world contexts.
  3. Demonstrate data handling and analysis skills relevant to both scientific and social studies.
  4. Critique established ideas, concepts and techniques drawn from current knowledge, and use and adapt relevant disciplinary knowledge to practically engage with the project's research question.
  5. Communicate information, ideas and arguments effectively using appropriate styles and language, to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSensor engineering,Biochemistry,Lung health,Community-based research,Sustainable Development Goals
Course organiserDr Helen Szoor-McElhinney
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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