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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Stem Cells and Translational Neurology

Postgraduate Course: Postgraduate Student-Led, Individually-Created Course for CMVM (STEM11013)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course uses the Student-Led Individually Created Course (SLICC) university-wide framework for self-designed experiential learning, for insight see the following link:
It offers a highly flexible yet supported approach, where students develop their own defined experience or series of related activities and experiences with a theme, to address their own specific academic and professional demands. Students reflect regularly and throughout their defined experience, specifically by reflective blogging, which they collect and curate as a reflective e-portfolio, to provide evidence of their learning.

As a participating student, undertaking a SLICC will enable you to create a learning experience which is unique to you and your own needs and academic and professional aims. You will demonstrate your learning and academic achievement against learning outcomes in a defined experiential learning and assessment framework.

This course will require you to demonstrate the development of your skills and understanding in terms of critical analysis, application, self-reflection, recognising and developing your skills and mindsets, and evaluation within the context of the learning experience you have defined. This course will also enable you to demonstrate your ability to exercise autonomy and initiative, and deal with challenges that may present themselves in an academic subject/discipline (or other approved) area, and/or at an applied professional level in practice.
Course description A SLICC requires you to propose, develop and manage your own learning experience within a supported learning and assessment framework that will enable you to evidence how you have achieved the learning outcomes of the course. It offers you flexibility to address your own learning requirements, and academic and professional needs.

Your self-designed learning experience is required to adhere to a defined learning and assessment framework that supports and enables you to self-direct and manage your own learning experience. Within this structure however, you have real flexibility regarding the topic or theme, content of study and nature of your experience, provided your proposal is academically feasible, and is approved by your tutor.

Your SLICC may, for example, be based upon a particular extra-curricular learning opportunity such as an internship, work experience, pro-bono activity, community engagement, volunteering, study-abroad or indeed may be entirely self-directed. In agreement with your own programme, your SLICC could also be based on your wider co-curricular range of activities in which you engage to support your main course of study, and how these contribute to your wider development. These may include your learning and its usage, from internal and external seminar programmes, workshops, conferences, and training courses, and these can be partially blended with extra-curricular activities. It may focus on a theme of professional and /or personal interest such as sustainability, social responsibility, external engagement, equality and cultural diversity, or a disciplinary or interdisciplinary-based research theme or application.

The steps in undertaking a SLICC are as follows:
1) Identify a suitable opportunity within which to undertake your learning experience
2) Write your draft proposal and submit to your tutor/advisor for approval
3) Self-direct and manage your own learning experience, as detailed within the framework
4) Actively and regularly reflect upon and document your experience with evidence and use that as a basis for writing your self-critical 'Interim Reflective Report', then your 'Final Reflective Report'
5) Formatively self-assess and submit your 'Final Reflective Report' for summative assessment by your tutor.

The steps identified above each require a significant amount of thought and input and will ultimately form part of a 'time-based' e-portfolio of reflective evidence, which you will curate and use in the assessment of your SLICC.

Undertaking a SLICC you will not only develop the content of your learning experience but also produce an agreed portfolio of outputs. You must evidence what you have learned and, importantly, where you demonstrate how you have met the learning outcomes for the course.
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 Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Online Activities 26, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback You will be given detailed formative feedback at:
(a) the stage of reflecting on what you wish to do for and achieve during your project, whilst defining your own learning outcomes in your 'Proposal' - setting these effectively at the start is a key element to the SLICC;
(b) on your 'Interim Reflective Report'. This permits you 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 your project.
The 'Interim Reflective Report' is in the same format as the 'Final Reflective Report', so this formative feedback aligns directly with the final summative assessment, to enable you to improve and develop you assessed submission.
You will also be asked to offer a 'self-assessment' using the SLICC marking criteria and rubric, to help you develop your assessment literacy.
(c) You will receive summative feedback on your 'Final Reflective Report'.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. I am able to demonstrate how I have actively developed my critical understanding of the complexities, challenges and wider implications of the specialist setting of my SLICC.
  2. Recognising the complexity and/or uncertainty of the setting of my SLICC, I am able to draw on and apply a range of relevant skills and attributes (academic, professional and/or personal) in order to engage effectively and critically with my SLICC, identify where I need to improve these and/or develop new ones.
  3. I am able to demonstrate how I have used experiences during my SLICC to critically develop my specialist skills in the focussed area
  4. Recognising the complexity and/or uncertainty of the setting of my SLICC, I am able to demonstrate how I have used experiences during my SLICC to develop my mindset
  5. Recognising the complexity and/or uncertainty of the setting of my SLICC, I am able to evaluate and critically reflect upon my approach, my learning, my development and my judgement throughout my SLICC.
Reading List
Learning resources are provided online, in the 'SLICCs Resource Pack, at: These resources include guidance to students on: reflective learning and reflective models; generating their own specific focused learning outcomes from the generic learning outcomes; collecting and curating evidence of their learning using an e-portfolio; writing reflective reports on their learning; using the PebblePad workbook, reflective blog and webfolio.
There are also extensive and more detailed resources to support reflection, in the 'Reflection Toolkit' at:

Bassot, B. 'The Reflective Journal', Palgrave. 2nd Ed., offers an accessible resource on how to develop a reflective approach.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Undertaking a SLICC will enable each student to develop their abilities in self-critical reflection, organisation and time-management, self-assessment, evaluation of standards and competencies achieved, application of prior learning in a defined context, and provide opportunities to further develop analytical and presentation skills. The SLICC learning outcomes are derived from and embedded in the institutional 'Graduate Attributes' ( The learning outcomes are flexible to provide students with autonomy. With guidance from your assigned academic tutor, this flexibility of choice enables you, in the context of your own chosen experience, to focus on your own particular 'skills' (Learning Outcome 3) and 'mindsets' (Learning Outcome 4). You can select the specific attributes that you consider are the most important to reflect upon, looking into your current and future professional and personal aims and career aspirations.
KeywordsSLICC,experiential,student-led,research-led,reflection,portfolio,graduate attributes,mindset
Course organiserDr David Hampton
Tel: (0131) 242 9421
Course secretaryMiss Ana-Maria Lungu
Tel: 0131 242 7355
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