Using a student-staff partnership to create an interdisciplinary science skills class in a research-intensive university

Using a student-staff partnership to create an interdisciplinary science skills class in a research-intensive university
Peter Sneddon, University of Glasgow - Download slides here

This presentation reflects upon the development of a multidisciplinary course aimed at developing science skills for Physics and Astronomy, Geographical and Earth Sciences, and Chemistry students at a research-intensive Scottish University. The course was co-developed by a students and staff from these disciplinary areas working in partnership.

The presentation will discuss the rationale and process for developing the course, drawing upon literature relating to students and staff co-creating curricula in higher education. It will detail how the partnership between students and staff was created and how it worked through the duration of the course formation.  The views of both groups of partners will be detailed, highlighting the advantages of taking such an approach to course development.  Ultimately, it will provide a model for similar course-development partnerships, irrespective of discipline.