In this Level 1 module the coordinator required the students to do the following:
Students are tutored in giving presentations.
This Level 1 module engages students in all four ways:
The Group Project membership is the tutorial groups that students were assigned to in Year 1 with their tutor.
The group project part of this Level 2 module runs in parallel with the methods part (quantitative and qualitative methods). Students are expected to make use of appropriate methods in the analysis of the data collected for the group project (Research-oriented).
Towards the end of Semester 1, the students individually generate ideas for a project. These are presented to the group, the pros and cons of each are discussed and each group decides, with supervisor guidance, which project will be taken forward. They seek ethical approval, generate the data, analyse the data and come to conclusions The work is assessed by a group poster, a group presentation in a student conference, an individual report written as a scientific paper (of up to 5000 words), tutor and peer evaluations. (Research-based).
Throughout Semester 2, groups meet with their tutors at least fortnightly. Students are given lectures on poster design and oral presentations.
This Level 2 project was a partnership between Belfast Healthy Cities, the Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. Other external agencies have included the highway authority, City Council and Belfast Hills Partnership (waste management). Project topics varied from year to year.
The assessment for this project is:
The presentations were to a group of key stakeholders.
As part of the group work students were required to keep formal minutes with the role of chair and minute taker circulating through the group, thus developing skills in project management and other valauble work-related skills. These could be used to adjust marks if necessary. Further information about this project can be found in Ellis, G et al. (2008) A new concept of Interprofessional Education in Planning Programmes: Reflections on Healthy Urban Planning Project, Journal for Education in the Built Environment 3:2, 75-93
This example would fit into the research-oriented and research-based categories in Healey and Jenkins (2009b).
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