Module title: Studying and Living Abroad

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LNG09120
Module leader: Benedicte Cebrian
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Benedicte Cebrian
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
The module delivery will consist of a series of tutorials and workshops to include the following:

- Application, documentation and selection procedures of the partner universities abroad
- Exploration and critical reflection on strategies to deal with cultural and intercultural challenges
- Reflection on personal development associated with study abroad
- Development of IT skills through the use of an e-portfolio

These will be conducted in Edinburgh by the module team and invited speakers. By the end of the workshops and tutorials all students will have identified a partner university for their study abroad year or trimester. While abroad students will be supported and advised by tutors based in Edinburgh. Normal communication will be through the Virtual Learning Environment, blogs and email, and tutors will be available by phone in emergencies. Training will be gven in the use of e-communication tools before departure (LO4). Feedback and guidance will be provided on a regular basis by the tutors assigned to follow students in a particular country.

The assessment is by portfolio. The portfolio will be structured along guidelines discussed during the tutorials and will be electronic (LO4). They will document their personal experience of the institutional and wider cultural context, their personal responses to intercultural encounters by engaging with the local community and critically reflect on their communicative objectives and personal development (LOs 5, 6).

In the portfolio students will be required to develop an awareness of the issues raised during the workshops and tutorials and demonstrate enhanced intercultural, communication and coping skills. The e-portfolio will include reflective essays on material covered in tutorials and workshops, evidence of research and analysis on the cultural environnement relevant to them and an outline of their objectives and expectations.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1, 3, 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Portfolio 50 2, 5, 6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Benedicte Cebrian
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
The module delivery will consist of a series of tutorials and workshops to include the following:

- Application, documentation and selection procedures of the partner universities abroad
- Exploration and critical reflection on strategies to deal with cultural and intercultural challenges
- Reflection on personal development associated with study abroad
- Development of IT skills through the use of an e-portfolio

These will be conducted in Edinburgh by the module team and invited speakers. By the end of the workshops and tutorials all students will have identified a partner university for their study abroad year or trimester. While abroad students will be supported and advised by tutors based in Edinburgh. Normal communication will be through the Virtual Learning Environment, blogs and email, and tutors will be available by phone in emergencies. Training will be gven in the use of e-communication tools before departure (LO4). Feedback and guidance will be provided on a regular basis by the tutors assigned to follow students in a particular country.

The assessment is by portfolio. The portfolio will be structured along guidelines discussed during the tutorials and will be electronic (LO4). They will document their personal experience of the institutional and wider cultural context, their personal responses to intercultural encounters by engaging with the local community and critically reflect on their communicative objectives and personal development (LOs 5, 6).

In the portfolio students will be required to develop an awareness of the issues raised during the workshops and tutorials and demonstrate enhanced intercultural, communication and coping skills. The e-portfolio will include reflective essays on material covered in tutorials and workshops, evidence of research and analysis on the cultural environnement relevant to them and an outline of their objectives and expectations.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 50 1, 3, 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Portfolio 50 2, 5, 6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will be delivered over two trimesters. The first trimester will be completed at Edinburgh Napier University, the second in the country of residence.
- Students spending a year abroad will commence the module in Trimester 2 and will complete the module in Trimester 1 of their year abroad in the following academic year.
- Students spending one trimester abroad will commence the module in Trimester 1 at Edinburgh Napier and complete the module in Trimester 2 during the study abroad period.

Part One of the module will comprise of a series of tutorials and workshops delivered at Edinburgh Napier which will include:

Information sessions on the selection of an institution, application process, selection of subjects in the partner institution and awareness of regulations and procedures in the selected country of residence.

The concept of culture shock, its manifestations and an exploration of the strategies to deal with cultural and intercultural challenges.

Communication and personal challenges associated with study abroad.

Consolidation of IT skills and the development of an e-portfolio.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify the different challenges associated with living, learning and studying abroad.
LO2: Develop strategies to address the potential challenges of studying and living in a foreign country.
LO3: Reflect on different academic and non-academic environments and develop intercultural and related awareness
LO4: Enhance communication skills through the development and the competent use of an e-portfolio.
LO5: Critically reflect on the learning experience through a review of critical incidents and activities.
LO6: Develop key transferable skills such as problem solving and managing one’s own learning.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - STUDY ABROAD - WWW.STUDYABROAD.COM/STUDENT-GUIDE/INTRODUCTION.ASPX
STACIE NEVADOMSKI, ALLAN E. GOODMAN, CYRIL TAYLOR (2013) A STUDENT GUIDE TO STUDY ABROAD: INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780872063617
CONNOR LAVALLIE, SEAN O’BRYAN (2012) THE STUDY ABROAD TRUTH: YOU MIGHT JUST DISCOVER YOURSELF: HAM N' EGG PUBLISHING, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780615683515
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