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Undergraduate Course: Frontiers in Research (EASC10089)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will develop students┬┐ transferable skills through tasks that increase their critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The course is organised in two parts: (1) the Science Communication Exercise and (2) the Enterprise Initiative.

For the Science Communication Exercise, students will critically assess and review research seminars given by national and international Earth Scientists in the School of GeoSciences, and train their translational and communication skills. During the Enterprise Initiative, students will be introduced to high-level decision-making in a workplace environment, summarising and communicating information from real-world case studies to managers.

Students are required to attend seminar presentations hosted by the School of GeoSciences during both semesters. They can choose to attend any combination of Earth and Planetary Sciences seminars, Global Change seminars or Hutton Club seminars. Seminars are generally advertised on the School website and by email, and it is the student's responsibility to ensure when they are delivered and to fully engage.
Course description (1) Science Communication Exercise: full year attendance of research seminars hosted by the School of GeoSciences. Students present posters summarising research themes in both semesters.

(2) Enterprise initiative: 2-3 day group-based activity in semester 2 (during FLW, exact datesTBC)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 56, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 34 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: %, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: %.
30% Enterprise Initiative group presentation (this event will be run in semester 2, as usual, in FLW, but probably be online).

70% Science Communication exercise
(this will now be based on poster presentations, summarising themed seminar-series talks, with separate posters produced based on semester 1 and semester 2 seminars).

Science communication exercise:
Poster 1 (semester 1): 35%
Poster 2 (semester 2): 35%
Enterprise Initiative group presentation: 30%

Poster presentations will be based on themes presented by seminar speakers. Posters will be displayed in a virtual poster hall for peer feedback and discussion.

Enterprise Initiative group presentations are run as an inclusive part of the EI event.

Assessment deadlines
Poster 1. Noon, Friday, week 11, semester 1 (submit poster online via Turnitin by 12noon)
Poster 2. Noon, Friday, week 11, semester 2 (submit poster online via Turnitin by 12noon)
Enterprise Initiative event run in FLW (exact dates TBC).

Feedback Written feedback will be provided on work submitted for the Science Communication Exercise. Peer feedback will also be encouraged as part of the virtual Poster hall.

Feedback on the Enterprise Initiative will be given throughout the event, and after group oral presentations.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically assess work in both oral and written format.
  2. Summarise and discuss state of knowledge of a variety of research topics.
  3. Gather information from various sources and evaluate the material.
  4. Work together in a team to gain consensus on a set problem.
  5. Write scientifically and communicate technical scientific information to a non-expert audience.
Reading List
D Lindsay 2011 - Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words, CSIRO Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Presentation skills
Writing skills
Critical analysis
Time management
Team working
KeywordsTransferable skills,Scientific writing,Cutting-edge research,Team work
Course organiserDr Geoffrey Bromiley
Tel: (0131 6)50 8519
Course secretaryMs Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)51 5251
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