Course PhD-student as supervisor for undergraduate students – how and when?

ECTS: 2.2

Course leader: Mette Krogh Christensen

Language: English

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 2,640.00 DKK

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Fall 2024

Application deadline: 11/07/2024

Cancellation deadline: 12/08/2024

Course type: Blended learning

Start date: 26/08/2024

Administrator: Johanne Gregor Højgaard

Recommended knowledge for participation:

This course is relevant for all PhD students who wish to improve their quality of supervision. It is not crucial that the student has regular supervision with undergraduate students. However, participants will probably benefit the most if they already supervise or have supervision experience.

Mandatory preparation

Mandatory self-paced online course assignments between 26 August and 30 August.

The course A293/09 The PhD student as supervisor for undergraduate students is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, 2024.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).

Requirements for participation: The course is designed for participants who undertake co-supervision of undergraduate students. It is recommended that the PhD student attending this course co-supervise undergraduate students during the course period.

Aim: As a part of their teaching responsibilities, PhD-students sometimes act as co-supervisors for undergraduate students’ bachelor projects, written assignments, master thesis, or research year assignments. In doing so, the PhD-students play an important role as a near-peer-supervisor guiding the students in their learning. This course aims to prepare PhD-students for their role as co-supervisors on undergraduate students’ assignments and/or learning processes. The course is relevant for all PhD students who wish to improve the quality of their supervision of undergraduate students.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, the participants can:

  • Discuss and reflect on requirements and responsibilities of the different supervisor and co-supervisor roles,
  • Provide feedback to undergraduate students’ written or oral presentation in a way that facilitates the undergraduate students’ learning process, and
  • Acquire knowledge about undergraduate students’ expectations and interests to balance supervisor’s control and undergraduate students’ control of their projects.

Workload: The full workload of the course is expected to be 38 hours

Content: Before the first day of the course, participants read 1-2 articles and prepare a few online learning activities about their actual experiences with the supervision of undergraduate students.

The main themes of the two course days are:

  • The roles, requirements, and responsibilities of the PhD-student as a co-supervisor.
  • The power of feedback – how to provide feedback that promotes learning?
  • Alignment of expectations and interests.
  • Discussions and peer-feedback on the participants’ assignments.
  • Product and process in the supervision – who controls the undergraduates’ project?
  • The art of asking questions that promote learning in supervision.

Between the two course days, participants complete a larger assignment. The assignment includes interviewing a student and writing a short paper about supervision. In addition, participants read 2-4 articles.

Instructors: Mette Krogh Christensen (course organizer) and Iris Marie Pedersen, Centre for Educational Development.

Venue: Centre for Educational Development, building 1910, room 228, Aarhus University, Aarhus

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Course dates:

  • 26 August 2024
  • 10 September 2024 09:00 - 15:00
  • 02 October 2024 09:00 - 15:00