Postgraduate Course: Interdisciplinary Group Challenge in Ageing and Care (PGEE11228)
|School of Engineering
|College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Not available to visiting students
|This is a student-led, multi-disciplinary, course designed to promote teamwork, critical thinking and innovation. It provides students with a practical, group-activity-based introduction to planning and implementing an inter-disciplinary research project as part of a diverse group. The 'grand challenge' for each group may be devised by the group, by researchers one of the main research themes of the ACRC or by one or more of the ACRC's external partners. Each group of students is assigned a mentor who is selected according to group topic and who meets the group weekly.
The course is split into three phases:
Phase 1 is a short-sharp one-day intensive introduction in which the morning session is dedicated to learning about working in teams and coming up with new ideas. The afternoon session is dedicated to learning about project management and project planning. Throughout the day the students will write and present two pieces of work based on provided case studies of commercial research.
Phase 2 is a five-week exercise in which teams of students are given a 'grand challenge' which they have to research and understand. Students are required to understand the scientific, social and commercial aspects of their grand challenge. At the end of this phase the students present their findings and are assessed on the content and delivery of their presentations.
Phase 3 is a five-week exercise in which the teams take their 'grand challenge' and develop a new concept, idea or innovation. The students are required to submit an disclosure form that details their invention / innovation / method and its innovation potential. At the end of the phase the students present their new idea and are assessed on the content and delivery of their presentation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 6,
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|Through group meetings with mentor.
Through formative feedback.
Through intra- and inter-group discussions.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and understand the roles that individuals can play in such a team.
- Understand a research problem from a variety of perspectives including disciplinary, research and social.
- Understand the basic principles of multi-disciplinary project planning and management.
- Critically assess the contributions of broad disciplinary knowledge and individual skills to tackling significant research challenges and effectively communicate findings.
- 5. Innovate a solution and critically assess its potential for scientific success, effectiveness and impact.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Prof Ian Underwood
Tel: (0131 6)50 5631 / 7474
|Mrs Katharine Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 7815