Free Upskilling/reskilling courses

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The university will be offering a limited number of free places on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate short courses from January 2023. The courses are linked to key skills for upskilling individuals and the workforce and for regional economic recovery. These courses are supporting by the Scottish Funding Council’s Upskilling Fund. Courses are free of charge and are delivered online.

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These courses are open to businesses and employees as well as individuals who are self-employed, at risk of redundancy or who have been made unemployed, whose primary place of residence is Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as applications are received and assessed.

Note: you cannot apply if you are currently studying full-time within the university partnership.

Applications are now closed for January 2023 courses.

Further opportunities will be offered next year, course information will be published here when available.

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Sustainability/Net Zero

Sustainability/Net Zero

Transition to Net Zero

Level: postgraduate module. SCQF level 11, 20 credits

Entry requirement: Honours degree or ordinary degree with minimum three years relevant work experience. Other applicants who possess substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered.

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

On this course you will examine how greenhouse gas emissions arise, how they are assessed through a range of carbon footprint calculators and how reductions can be made in emissions through energy efficiency, changing fuels (eg using renewable rather than fossil fuels) and through changing behaviour. You will also examine what changes need to be made to enable a transition to a low carbon society and what might be achieved in the short, medium and long term, and assess the economic and social impacts of developing a low carbon society.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include online tutor supported study through the university’s virtual learning environment, self-directed study and assessment.

Digital skills content

Digital skills

Digital skills

Introduction to cyber security

Level: undergraduate module. SCQF level 7, 20 credits

Entry requirement: 2 Highers or relevant work experience

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 23 January, with an online induction week commencing 16 January. Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

The module will allow you to get a basic practical understanding of cybersecurity and cyber resilience and the relationship between these two areas of security. This will enable you to have the awareness and confidence to protect yourself and support others online. The module content is at SCQF 7 however is appropriate for anyone with an interest in cyber security.

The course is designed to be taught when it is convenient for the students. No time off work will be required during the day and all activity is carried out online. There is normally a weekly lecture and support session that lasts for approx. an hour, or more if required, with further email support available. While the sessions are beneficial as they allow you to ask questions there and then, all lectures and tutorial sessions are recorded for viewing in your own time.

Study time: 200 hours per module, however it depends on your previous experience whether you will need all of this time. If you were able to set aside a day at the weekend or a couple of evenings for study, you would not be far off what is required for achieving the award.

Get Started with R for Data Analytics

Level: undergraduate module. SCQF level 8, 20 credits

Entry requirement: Evidence of qualifications required for HND level study. Relevant work experience will also be considered for entry to this course

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 23 January. Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

This module gives students a practical introduction to R for the analysis and visualisation of data, including statistical analysis. With data increasingly available and utilised within all businesses this skillset is increasingly in demand within the workplace.

Analysing data often begins with visualising it, observing the relationships that appear and discovering anything unexpected. This module will teach you how to use the open-source statistical software R to visualise data including cleaning, preparing and summarising the data sets. Alongside the data visualisations, statistical analysis will be introduced with a reproducible report document format. The skills learned in the module are used in many fields and are applicable for use with many datasets, regardless of size.

R is a widely used tool throughout various industries and businesses. It has a large open-source community who contribute to the development of new tools and techniques, along with providing community support.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment, with typically two one-hour tutor led discussions on a specific topic. However, there is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, discussions can be accessed at a time that suits you through the university’s virtual learning environment.

Business, leadership and management skills content

Business, leadership and management skills

Business, leadership and management skills

Postgraduate level

Understanding the resilience landscape

Level: postgraduate module. SCQF 11, 20 credits

Entry requirements: Honours degree or ordinary degree with minimum three years relevant work experience.

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

This module examines the concept of resilience and explains how planning and emergency management can strike the balance between planning for everything that might go wrong to anything that could go wrong.

The module explores the tensions between crisis preparedness planning and the realities of crises. The application of the Integrated Emergency Management (IEM) philosophy is a key theme in managing resilience and, in this module, you will critically analyse this and other key concepts, including risk assessment, control strategies, emergency response and recovery, critical national infrastructure, community resilience, cyber resilience, business continuity, legislation and guidance, the role of resilience professionals and how plans and planning contribute to preparedness.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment, with typically one-hour tutor led discussions on a specific topic. However, there is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, discussions can be accessed at a time that suits you through the university’s virtual learning environment.

Undergraduate level

Project planning and management

Level: undergraduate degree module. SCQF 9, 20 credits

Entry requirement: Evidence of qualifications required for degree level study. Relevant work experience will also be considered for entry to this course

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

This module will develop your understanding of the application of project planning and control in modern organisations by developing critical evaluative skills and research techniques. You will learn how to apply project management principles to design a project plan, use software applications in a project planning content and evaluate the role of risk analysis and quality assurance in a good planning methodology.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment, with typically two-hour tutor led discussions on a specific topic. However, there is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, discussions can be accessed at a time that suits you through the university’s virtual learning environment.

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Quality Management

Level: undergraduate degree module. SCQF 9, 20 credits

Entry requirement: Evidence of qualifications required for degree level study. Relevant work experience will also be considered for entry to this course

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

On this module you will evaluate the role of quality management systems in modern business or the public sector. You will gain an understanding and be able to evaluate the main themes of assurance, control, evaluation, standards and benchmarking. The module focuses on core issues in procedure development and evaluation to ensure best practice. Core to this are rigorous recording and documentation standards and progression of version control and communication. You will also explore the role of the assurance team and the communication channels used to disseminating policy.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment, with typically two-hour tutor led discussions on a specific topic. However, there is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, discussions can be accessed at a time that suits you through the university’s virtual learning environment.

Health and wellbeing content

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

Postgraduate level

Digital health and social care

Level: postgraduate CPD award. SCQF 11, 20 credits

Entry requirements: An SCQF level 9/10 qualification or equivalent eg an ordinary or honours degree. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 23 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

It is becoming increasingly necessary for healthcare professionals to acquire the skills to keep up with the accelerating pace of technology on health and social care outcomes.  The Digital Health and Social Care CPD award will help you play your part in this development, providing you with the opportunities to explore how digitisation is used to improve health and social care delivery, through examples such as video links for remote consultations, monitoring systems, apps, and software to support rehabilitation. You will learn about data security, legislation, patient confidentiality, and the impact of digital connectivity, especially in relation to improving access for those in remote and rural areas.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include reading, discussion board contributions, watching videos, and completion of assessments. This equates to approximately 10 hours per week but that is dependent on previous understanding and knowledge, experiences etc. There is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, the module is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environment and your study can be done whenever convenient for you each week.

Undergraduate level

Digital futures in health and social care CPD award

Level: undergraduate CPD award. SCQF 9, 20 credits

Entry requirements: An SCQF level 8 qualification or equivalent eg a DipHE or HND. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis

Duration: 15 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

This CPD award is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the changing nature of health alongside the use of digital technology. It is particularly useful to those in supervisory or management roles in areas such as health and social care, wishing to learn about their digital work environments. On the course, you will gain an understanding of how and why we are moving towards digital technologies in healthcare, it will equip you with the ability to critically analyse the use of these technologies within health and social care. You will explore issues such as big data, surveillance, privacy, ethics, interoperability, and information governance.

Study time: 200 hours of study, which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment. There is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, the module is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environment and your study can be done whenever convenient for you each week.

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Creative Industries

Creative Industries

Music sync and placement

Level: undergraduate degree module. SCQF 7, 20 credits

Entry requirement: No formal entry requirements, student must have an existing digital competency which enables then to operate and troubleshoot their own equipment.

Duration: 14 weeks

Start week: 24 January, Application deadline extended to 11 January 2023

In a media landscape completely transformed by the global pandemic film, television and advertising are adapting to the new normal and finding creative ways to commission, create and produce new content. 'Sync' (placing music in visual media) is still a vital revenue stream and exposure tool for new music. This module has been developed in collaboration with industry to build resilience among creative practitioners so that emerging artists, songwriters, library music writers and composers understand the opportunities in music sync and placement and can stay ahead of the curve.

Study time: 200 hours which will include teaching, self-directed study and assessment. There is no requirement to attend any face-to-face virtual sessions at specific scheduled times, the module is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environment and your study can be done whenever convenient for you each week.