ECM Faculty Focus
As Faculty members will know from previous circulars, the Faculty's Phase I proposals for majors were endorsed by the Interim Boards of Studies at their recent January meetings, and we are now entering Phase II of the Future Framework process.
Phase II of the process requires that we provide detailed information on the majors, including expected outcomes for individual units, and details of how communication skills and research skills will be embedded in the courses. Phase II also includes calls for end-on honours courses, and unattached units.
In addition to the above, the ECM Steering Committee is calling for expressions of interest in masters courses. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, it makes sense to consider the design of the courses as a whole so that, for example, the discipline streams can dovetail with the masters. Secondly, it is important for the Faculty to start its transition to a greater emphasis on graduate teaching as soon as possible.
The Faculty's process for expressions of interest in end-on honours, unattached units, and masters, will be similar to that in Phase I.
Calls for expressions of interest have been circulated to all staff.
The responses will then be considered by the Steering Committee with the aim of developing a consistent approach to the Faculty's offerings.
The detailed information required for the majors as part of Phase II is being developed at two levels: first, the Common Foundation (the first two years of a student's Engineering experience), and secondly, the Level 3 Streams and Computing and Maths majors.
For the Common Foundation, a Working Party has been constituted in consultation with the Heads of Schools. The Working Party will be chaired by the Faculty's Chair of Engineering Education, Caroline Baillie, and includes representatives of all disciplines. These representatives will act as conduits for wider input from across the Faculty.
Since the Level 3 Streams and Computing and Maths majors are more focussed on specific disciplines, working parties for these are being set up within the relevant Schools (or groups of Schools), again through the Heads.
It is hoped that all staff will contribute at both the undergraduate and masters levels to help create engaging and effective courses for the Future Framework.
Please see the ECM Future Framework website for more details. To access the Future Framework website you will require your staff number and Pheme password.