Broadening Strand

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Broadening Strand

Curriculum Enhancement ProjectDSE Forum 28 February 2012


Agenda• Project update• Broadening strand titles and definitions• Assessment good practice• Q&A session


Project progressCore Programme Threads• Agreed: all programmes should provide a final year research projectfor students starting their programmes in the 2012/13 Session• Agreed: Research Based Learning (RBL) and Core Programme Threads(CPT) to be incorporated within AHCs, KIS+ and programme review from2012Broadening• Agreed : All students to be exposed to broadening within the disciplineand most programmes should be able to accommodate opportunities forstudents to take modules beyond their discipline• Consultation workshops held with students and staff on draft broadeningstrand titles and definitions


Project progressAcademic Year structure and assessment• Consultations held with staff and students on proposed modelTeaching11ChristmasbreakTeaching11Easterbreak2 4 2• Key messages: Option to retain S1 exams is important for somedisciplines; fixing the Easter break generally supported• Feedback being analysed in parallel with administrative financial impactsof model• Principles of assessment and feedback developed and summary ofoutputs and best practice from ADF assessment and feedback projectscomplete


Next stepsThreads:• Feb/March 2012: Approach to evidencing RBL and CPT agreed at AHCs• August 2012: Description of how this is woven into the programme describedwithin KIS+Broadening:• 14 March: Draft broadening strand titles discussed at Project Board• March/April 2012: Wider consultation on strands with academic staff andprospective students• July 2012: Agreement on strand titles and definitionsAcademic Year and assessment:• 14 March: Review of administrative impact of Academic Year at Project Board• April/May 2012: Staff and student consultation on alternative Academic Yearmodel• May 2012: Decision on any changes to Academic Year


Broadening discussionMartin Purvis: Pro Dean Student EducationEnvironment


Facilitating Broadening ChoicesEnabling students to search for electivemodules:• conventional disciplinary titles• opportunities for development ofpersonal/professional skills andcommercial awareness• cross-disciplinary strands• keywords?


Broadening Strand DefinitionA Broadening Strand is:‘A co-ordinated and structured series ofrelated elective modules allowingsustained exploration of a specificsubject, issue or skill which lies beyondthe primary disciplinary content of astudent’s programme.’


BroadeningStrand Titles• Global Inequalities• Sustainability• Ethics, Religion & Law• Power & Conflict• Technology & Society• Exploring the Sciences• Health & Wellbeing• Culture & Creativity• Business & Innovation• Languages & Cross-Cultural Understanding• Employability, Personal& ProfessionalDevelopment


Broadening Strand –Example DefinitionSustainabilityWithin this strand you will find modules that explorethemes including:• sustainability as an environmental challenge atscales from the local to the global• efforts to secure economic development that isenvironmentally sound and socially just• political and ethical dimensions of socioeconomicdevelopment and resource use• the roles of science and technology in addressingthe challenge of sustainability


Broadening Strand – Example DefinitionTechnology & SocietyWithin this strand you will find modules that explorethemes including:• the historical impacts of technology upon humansociety and development• how, why and where technological innovationoccurs• theoretical debates about the role of technology ineveryday life• the contemporary information revolution as aninfluence upon society, culture, education, politicsand business


Broadening Strands - Features• Cross-cut traditional disciplinaryboundaries• Fuzzily bounded to allow overlaps• Individual modules (or groups ofmodules) may appear in more than onestrand• Progression within and between strands


Broadening Strands –Next Steps• Consultation on strand titles and definitionswith staff and students• School consideration of current electiveprovision• Allocation of existing elective modules tostrands, plus opportunities for newdevelopments• Parallel work with systems (onlineenrolment) to support organisation ofstrands


BroadeningStrand Titles• Global Inequalities• Sustainability• Ethics, Religion & Law• Power & Conflict• Technology & Society• Exploring the Sciences• Health & Wellbeing• Culture & Creativity• Business & Innovation• Languages & Cross-Cultural Understanding• Employability, Personal& ProfessionalDevelopment


Assessment good practice discussionSimon Biggs: Pro Dean Student EducationEngineering


Question and Answer sessionMartin Purvis: Pro Dean SE EnvironmentMitch Waterman: Pro Dean SE Medicine & HealthSimon Biggs: Pro Dean SE Engineering

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