The Chemistry Clinic — ‘The Chemistry Clinic’: A Knowledge Exchange (KE) placement for integrated Masters students in the fourth year of courses MChem Chemistry, Chemistry with Drug Discovery and Forensic and Analytical Chemistry in the Chemistry Department.
Reading for a Degree: Using the National Geographic Magazine to Introduce Humanities into Undergraduate Civil Engineering Studies — This case study considers the use of the National Geographic magazine as a means to ignite the students’ curiosity with the world around them. The results from a pilot study and a content analysis of a number of editions from over a decade shows that this periodical regularly has themes directly concerning the impact of civil engineering in society, be it political, financial environmental, social or ecological.
Developing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum that Focused on Professional Skills Development —
We redefined the emphasis of our curriculum, moving from classes in particular topics – medicinal chemistry, pharmacy practice, pharmacology, pharmaceutical science – to an interdisciplinary class that (i) emphasized students learning rather than our teaching; (ii) was interdisciplinary, focusing on body systems and people rather than disciplines like chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics; and (iv) focused on the development of professional skills.
We emphasize skills development through (i) 'Being a Pharmacist' classes that run through every year and which integrate what is being taught in other more knowledge based classes and workshops with relevant practical skills; (ii) by teaching key transferable skills such as communication explicitly; (iii) by an extended and increasing programme of experiential learning (in all bar the very first semester) where students go out to work on specific topics in community or hospital pharmacies; and (iv) through interprofessional learning with medical and dental students from the University of Glasgow.
MUSE (Models of University and Schools Engagement) —
MUSE (Models of University and Schools Engagement) (2013 – present). This particular collaboration developed through open discussions with staff at Knightswood Secondary School and a member of staff at Strathclyde University, based on an ongoing research project first supported through Strathclyde’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ funding and led by Marion Sheridan (MS). The initial aims of the project were to form new partnerships with science, electrical engineering and the humanities using optical imaging and hyperspectral imaging to interpret and reinterpret the work of the visual artist, the late Steven Campbell. Engaging with interdisciplinary activities has been at the heart of this MUSE project involving staff (university and school) and young people (2nd year and 3rd year pupils) from the disciplines of science, drama, art & design, music, dance, photography and film. The Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher at Knightswood were keen to develop projects that promoted the spirit of A Curriculum for Excellence and having the Dance School of Scotland on their premises wished to have these highly skilled and talented young people integrated more with the general pupil population. Since the project began pupils and staff have worked on two interdisciplinary projects from within the school environment and with staff from Strathclyde’s School of Humanities and Research Staff from Electronic and Electrical Engineering. A third and final project is underway, again an interdisciplinary project, involving specialist staff from music, art & design, dance, science, drama (university input) and creative writing.
Strathclyde University MUSE leader and co-ordinator
Marion C. Sheridan, Lecturer in English and Theatre
‘The Unseen Seen’ or ‘Looking through the Lens’ — MUSE (Models of University and Schools Engagement) (2013 –2017). This particular collaboration developed through open discussions with staff at Knightswood Secondary School and a member of staff at Strathclyde University, based on an ongoing research project first supported through Strathclyde’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ funding and led by Marion Sheridan (now to be known as Marion Marlow). The initial aims of the project were to form new partnerships with science, electrical engineering and the humanities using optical imaging and hyperspectral imaging to interpret and reinterpret the work of the visual artist, the late Steven Campbell. Engaging with interdisciplinary activities has been at the heart of this MUSE project involving staff (university and school) and young people mainly from 2nd year and 3rd year pupils but did involve, for part of the project, 6th year pupils, from the disciplines of Science, Drama, Art & Design, Music, Dance, Creative Writing, Photography and Film. The Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher at Knightswood were keen to develop projects that promoted the spirit of A Curriculum for Excellence and having the Dance School of Scotland on their premises wished to have these highly skilled and talented young people integrated more with the general pupil population. Since the project began pupils and staff have worked on three interdisciplinary projects from within the school environment and with staff from Strathclyde’s School of Humanities and Research Staff from Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The 3 - 4 year project ended in September 2016 with the report completed in June/July 2017. This last piece of work was again an interdisciplinary project with a new group of 2nd and 3rd year pupils involving specialist school staff from Music (some university input), Art & Design, Dance, Science, Drama (university input) and Creative Writing.
Business Clinic — The Business Clinic is a business consultancy project in which cross-disciplinary teams of 4/5 students from across the Strathclyde Business School departments (including entrepreneurship, marketing, HRM, Finance, Accounting, etc.) craft detailed, implementable solutions with measurable impact for the client organisation.
Client organisations come from a wide range of industries but they all share similar characteristics in that they are mainly SMEs facing growth or sustainability challenges. Very many of our clients are in the third sector, thus they have a focus on solving social issues as opposed to maximising returns.
In 2014-15, 104 students worked with 23 client organisations coming from the Greater Glasgow area.
The students involved in the project are in their 3rd year of a Business degree, thus they already possess substantial knowledge which can be applied to solve the issues faced by the client organisations. Moreover, Business Clinic students receive training on consultancy tools and business modelling in the form of workshops at the beginning of the project.
By the end of the project, each team of students produced a comprehensive report with a detailed strategy and recommendations for each of the 23 client organisations.
Much of the work also took on a practical element such as attending trade fairs on behalf of the businesses or redesigning websites to make these more effective in promoting the business.
Collaboration between the Law Clinic and the Centre for Forensic Science — A collaborative student-led project has been formed between students from the Centre for Forensic Science and project members of the Law Clinic’s Criminal Convictions Unit (CCU).
First Year HaSS BA Community Placement — The first year community placement is part of an Education module available to all BA students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students undertake a seventy hour placement with an organisation of their choice working with children and young people 0 – 14 years. The students’ learning on placement is supported by an on-campus module where lectures and tutorials are designed to explore topics related to placement as well as using the students’ own placement experiences to promote the learning of others. Students gain 20 credits for their participation in this module as well as their ability to maintain a placement file and to write a reflective evaluation of their time on placement.
Major Crime Scene Exercise in Forensic Science —
As part of the MSc/PGD in Forensic Science, the students have the opportunity to undertake a crime scene exercise which provides them with comprehensive direct practical experience of crime scene to court processes and procedures. The exercise involves attending a mock crime scene at the University Stepps Playing Fields, recovering evidence, examining the evidence in the laboratory on their return and then producing a court report.This is also a collaborative exercise as the report produced by the forensic science students then goes to students of the University’s Law School who act as the prosecution and defence when the forensic science students present their evidence at Glasgow Sheriff Court in front of a sitting Sheriff.
Assessment for Learning (Book, Chapter, Jigsaw) —
A flipped classroom approach using a jigsaw book exercise with undergraduate civil engineering students (n=252) in years 1,3,4,5. -To focus the learning and assessment process on students being active in constructing their (own and group) knowledge (explicit and tacit) and to promote a ‘reflective practitioner’ behaviour akin to that of professional engineers. -To introduce students to the role of civil engineering knowledge and practice and to establish a foundation on which students will be self-motivated to ‘read’ widely as a commitment to becoming a professional engineer. - To introduce students to a collaborative learning space where peer knowledge is considered to be contributory (as opposed to ‘in competition’) to a holistic understanding of new knowledge whereby cooperation can be seen to lead to synergistic outcomes.
An Interdisciplinary and International Approach to the Teaching of Glasgow's History —
Glasgow: Health, Culture and Identity is a second year class that provides an introductory overview to the History, Culture and Identity of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, from the medieval period to the present day. An exciting and interdisciplinary approach will be used for the teaching of the class, involving history, literature, film, and material culture. Student-centred and independent learning will be encouraged by students undertaking visits to key historical locations in the city. Themes covered in the course include the medieval city, the Reformation, Act of Union, the Enlightenment, immigration and emigration, urban expansion and industrialisation, Empire, sport, technology, culture, architecture and health. The class aligns itself to the teaching and research cluster of Scotland and the world in the History section of the School of Humanities, and the Culture and Place theme in the English section, as well as vision and themes of Strathclyde’s Institute for Future Cities. The interdisciplinary nature of the class will appeal to students from HaSS and other Faculties. The class has attracted considerable attention from both home-based and international students and intellectual interaction between these two groups of students is strongly encouraged.
Co-Curricular Academic Studies: Civil Engineering 4 real (CE4R) as Problem Based Learning —
Workshops on real-world civil engineering problems, run by engineers from industry.
302 students attended 1 or more of the 55 workshops
(N=1183 returned questionnaires from 1302 attendances)
- 55 x 2hr workshops (Monday 5-7PM)
- 302 undergraduate students attended 1 or more workshops (years 1-5)
- 1302 student attendances
- 1302 X 2hrs= 2604 hours of CPD created
- (n=1183) returned questionnaires from 1302 student attendances
- 39 industrial partners (17 contractors / 17 consultants / 5 clients)
- 85 industrial workshop presenters
Rich Pictures for Creative and Imaginative Learning —
- A themed report (2000 words / 60% weighting) coursework required the students’ to select one topic from six different lecture (CL437 Project Analysis) topics and to critique the topic and where possible link their discussion to professional practice
- The rich picture assessment (20% weighting) required students to form self-selected pairs with a peer who had researched a different topic to their own. Each pair peer review the other’s “themed” coursework report and the students’ were encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue that would ideally be the catalyst for reflective thinking, leading to synergy, unexpected learning, and providing links between what may have initially appeared to be disparate topics.
- The rich picture task required the students to represent this new knowledge in a pictorial format. The students were sent links to guidance (1,2,3) explaining the concept and purpose of rich pictures and were required to construct a rich picture during a 2 hour class session. The students were informed that coloured pens and flip chart paper would be made available and that they could bring along any other art materials that they may like to use. It was envisaged that this activity would offer a fun environment for practicing sketching / doodling and challenge students’ to be intuitive & creative in the representation of their combined knowledge.
- The students’ were informed that they would have 90 minutes to complete their rich pictures and that on completion all of the posters would be displayed for viewing. As an incentive to encourage the students to view the posters in an active manner a competitive element was introduced whereby the students were asked to make one vote for their favourite rich picture poster. A small cash prize for the two authors of the most popular poster was offered. Given that the viewing window was time bound the students were not issued with objective guidance on how to assess the quality of the posters and were left to make their own personal value judgements.
- The smaller part of the assessment (5% weighting) required the students’ to submit an anonymous one-page reflective report to MyPlace. The students’ were informed that this part of the assessment would not be graded and that they would receive 100% for recoding their honest opinions concerning their participation in the rich picture Afl. The purpose of this part of the Afl was twofold, (1) to encourage the students to develop metacognition skills through reflecting on their own practice of acquiring explicit and tacit knowledge, and (2) to assist my own understanding of employing rich pictures as a pedagogical intervention and to evaluate its effectiveness in conjunction with my assessment of their posters.
(1) The Open University (2016) Diagramming for development 1 - Bounding realities, Rich Pictures, http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/computing-and-ict/systems-computer/diagramming-development-1-bounding-realities/content-section-3.1
(2) What is Rich Picturing? 6 Tips to Get Started with Rich Picturing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Wc5ACx5v4
(3) Bell, S and Morse, S (2013) How People Use Rich Pictures to Help Them Think and Act, Syst Pract Action Res. 26:331–348.