Managing Practical Stem in Liaison with Industry

ECTS Value: 5 ECTS

Contact Hours: 25

Self Study Hours: 60

Assessment Hours: 40


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module is aimed at developing an understanding of the intersect between STEM engagement and different industries. It enables course participants to undertake a project within a number of STEM industry fields. Course participants identify and explore noteworthy issues, concepts, opportunities and /or challenges within the industries, select a relevant focus and target audience for their project, and appropriate method/s to develop their effective engagement approach. Projects may be research, practice or enquiry based, but in all cases, course participants are encouraged to develop and demonstrate occupational knowledge through the use of questioning, evidence, analysis, reflection, evaluation and communication, as appropriate to their project in relation to STEM Industry. 

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Develop impactful STEM engagement campaigns within an evaluation plan to target to different audiences.
b. Identify good practices and implement them to different target audiences according to STEM industry and stakeholder needs.
c. develop awareness and appreciation of the dialogic approaches, the creative arts, IBL (Inquirybased Learning approaches) and RRI (EU-wide Responsible Research and Innovation) values.
d. Develop a creative approach to engage citizens and other stakeholders with issues, concepts and/or challenges faced by various STEM industry fields.


a. Demonstrate critical awareness of current issues, concepts and/or challenges faced by a variety of STEM industry fields.
b. Identify different stakeholders and audiences to target through stakeholder mapping and creating different persona profiles,
c. Identify evaluation and engagement plans to effectively target different audiences and stakeholders.
d. Methods and processes including creative, dialogical, participatory and co-creation strategies available to develop STEM engagement.


a. Identify STEM industry target audiences’ needs, wants, aspirations, goals, interests, habits and motivations, and where they can be found.
b. Apply monitoring techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of communication and engagement strategies.
c. Evaluate and critique the appropriateness of different engagement methods for different audiences.


Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1. Mark L. Brake, E. W. (2010) Introducing Science Communication: A Practical Guide, Great Britain: Palgrave Macmillian.
2. David J. B, R. C. J. (2011) Successful Science Communication: Telling it like it is, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
3. Maria Andrée & Lena Hansson (2020) Industrial actors and their rationales for engaging in STEM education, Journal of Curriculum Studies, 52:4, 551-576, DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2019.1682055
4. David Kaiser, John Durant, Thomas Levenson, Ben Wiehe & Peter Linett (2014) The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement. An exploratory initiative of MIT & Culture Kettle.
5. Paul Manners (2016) Examples of successful public engagement: National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
6. EFFECT project (2017) A Practical Guide for Public Engagement in Future and Emerging Technologies

Supplementary Reading List

Jensen, E., Laurie, C. (2016) Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research.

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