Academic Programme Options

Digital Multimedia

This practical-based module examines multimedia communication in the context of current theories and trends relating digital media to its societal context in the form of a short course. Students will take part in practical digital media production and explore the relationship between media outputs and society. The theoretical components of the module will challenge students to analyse and contextualise the digital media industries.

The module will be taught as a short course via a series of self–contained lectures and associated workshops. Lectures will focus on a particular issue relating to the theoretical contexts of multimedia communication. Workshops will provide a space in which students will engage with the topic first hand and demonstrate their understanding of the uses of digital media in society through fieldwork and practice.

Assessment:

Assessment will test skills of organisation, communication, presentation research and critical engagement and will be focused on the analysis of key issues arising from the syllabus. Assessment will be by a poster presentation which will demonstrate the learning outcomes by showing practical understanding of social media while reflecting on theory and practice.

Developing Nurse-Led Services

The Developing Nurse Led Services Summer School will give you an opportunity to gain an overview of the key role that the Nurse plays in the care provided by the National Health Service in the UK. The Summer School will include visits to clinical facilities and an overview of the school research programme, which underpins care. Advanced practice will be discussed and related to the care provided by autonomous, critically thinking, problem solving nurses. You will be able to discuss your own areas of research interest with our professors and take part in sessions which will help you develop your research and clinical skills.

This experiential learning based course will include guidance on healthcare provision in the UK, along with clinical visits in Glasgow and the surrounding area.

Assessment

If this option is taken up, you will be asked to undertake a short academic assessment. This will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the module content and relate this to the provision in your home country. 

Marketing for the Fashion Industry

The overall aim of the module is to provide an introduction to the nature and characteristics of contemporary fashion and retailing in today’s society. This module explores the dynamic nature of the sector, drawing upon the theories of retail change and environmental analysis. Particular consideration is given to the role and function of branding within fashion businesses in addition to gaining an awareness of the design and creative elements of fashion.

A blended learning approach will be used, which combines lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Practical sessions and seminars will be linked to the lecture; incorporating problem based learning strategies and e-learning materials. Fieldtrips will also be undertaken to fashion retailers and related exhibitions, in addition to guest speakers from industry, who will support the main lectures providing an insight into the different career paths in the fashion sector.

 Assessment

Assessment will be carried out via a combination of compiling a portfolio as part of a group, and a 15 minute presentation delivered as part of that group.

Social Challenges in Health and Wellbeing

In this summer school you will find out more about how social circumstances can impact on the health and well-being of a population. The course highlights the challenges facing society when considering these issues. Content includes:  Definitions of Health, Social determinants of health, history of public health, public health research/epidemiology and other factors influencing Public Health such as substance use and misuse. There will also be sessions relating to academic writing and review of national and international polices. Key researchers in the field will share their expertise to allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced, and the strategies that can be used to address them.

Course delivery includes a combination of keynote lectures and student-led tutorials. Students will draw on experiences from their own perspective during tutorials. There will also be visits to external centres and projects relating to the topic area. Examples include the Scottish Parliament, hospitals, research units and a sexual health clinic.

Assessment

Course delivery includes a combination of keynote lectures and student-led tutorials. Students will draw on experiences from their own perspective during tutorials. There will also be visits to external centres and projects relating to the topic area. Examples include the Scottish Parliament, hospitals, research units and a sexual health clinic.

Sustainable Engineering & Technology

The word ‘Sustainability’ is frequently used today. There are often different views on what it means, and there is even more debate on who is responsible for this task of sustainability.  In this programme participants will work in multidisciplinary teams to address a task that requires a sustainable solution.  Many environmental issues that are the topic for sustainability tasks can be addressed by engineering and technology, and this is an opportunity to experience what can be done and how we can collectively work towards a cleaner environment with well-managed resources.

Assessment

A supervised project will be agreed with a member of the programme’s academic staff before the project begins, and the agreed tasks will be defined at this early stage.  The project will be of professional standard, and assessed via a project dissertation of approximately 200-300 words, excluding appendices.

Computing: Games, Apps & Security

Modern society has become dependent on the efficiencies that computers bring to our daily life, but there is always another task that could be made easier or more secure.  Working together to look at how computer games apps and security can be applied to everyday tasks will help in understanding the extent of what can be done, and how best to achieve the objectives.

Assessment

A supervised project will be agreed with a member of the programme’s academic staff before the project begins, and the agreed tasks will be defined at this early stage.  The project will be of professional standard, and assessed via a project dissertation of approximately 200-300 words, excluding appendices.

Social Justice and Political Thought

This course will cover issues such as structural inequality in economy, work and work relations, the relationship of Western to non-Western cultures, the interrelationship of racism, sexism and class oppression, and theories of social change. Specific topic areas include Egalitarian Theory, Human Rights and Development, and Comparative Welfare States. The student-centered, participatory learning environment will equip you with critical thinking, analytical and other skills which student can transfer into any field of endeavour. Students should have some prior learning in political science, economics or sociology.

The course will include a visit to the Scottish Parliament, to New Lanark, founded by Robert Owen and a prime example of Utopian Socialism, and to various Trade Unions and community and collective organisations.

Assessment

There will be required pre-course reading and a post-course written assessment. Students will be encouraged to engage in a critical examination of society, and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing and thinking. Emphasis will be placed on participation in class discussions, which will make up part of assessment. 

Contemporary Issues in Business

The overall aim of the module is to introduce students with a business background to some of the challenges business face in world of increased globalisation and dynamism.  The module will explore the factors at local, national and international level which influence, guide and often determine the economic behaviour of both producers and consumers. The module will also consider the development of  robust business process regarding an enterprise’s  financial  and risk position in an economically uncertain and vibrant world. A blended learning approach will be used, which combines lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Practical sessions and seminars will be linked to the lecture; incorporating problem based learning strategies and e-learning materials.

Assessment

If this option is taken up, you will be asked to undertake a short academic assessment. This will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the module content and relate this to the provision in your home country. 

Leading in a Global Context

Today’s employers increasingly expect international experience and intercultural competence in a graduate’s CV. The aim of this module is to develop self-awareness of the student as a global leader and how they might develop key cross-cultural competencies. Working in an international context with other students, the programme builds student understanding of themselves and their own cultural values; explores how they deal with inter-cultural issues arising from group interaction experiences; and examines the impact global leaders might have on communities and the wider global context. Learning will be a mix of classroom-based activities alongside experiential exercises. Guest speakers will be incorporated into the programme as will visits to some of Scotland’s rich heritage sites. Students will be encouraged to work in inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary groups, reflecting the reality of global workplaces. 

Assessment

Students who undertake the 3-week version of the programme will maintain a learning diary and submit a reflective essay based on what they have learnt during their period of study. Support from our Learning and Development Centre and library staff will be provided. 

Forensic Investigation

Our Forensic Investigation programme will take place during earlier dates than the above programmes. For further information, please visit GCU Forensic Summer Programme.