Postgraduate writing support staff work to the strengthen the critical thinking and writing skills of higher degree students. Critical thinking and writing skills underpin the core attributes of scholarship, lifelong learning and global citizenship that we aim to pass on to our students through high quality teaching and engagement.
Within the teaching and learning portfolio, Drs Bronwen Dyson and Louise Katz provide writing support to the Faculty's postgraduate research and coursework students. While The Writing Hub, which focusses principally on the acquisition of writing skills for undergraduate students, has transitioned this year to become a unit in the School of Letters, Art and Media, T&L retains strong ties with its staff and strongly supports its objectives.
For Postgraduate Coursework Students
Academic Communication for Postgraduates (ARTS7000)
Academic Communication for Postgraduates is a postgraduate elective unit of study designed to support International students by developing skills necessary for critical thinking, referencing, writing in different genres, and improved spoken communication. The unit is also useful for local students needing a refresher course in academic communication. It is worth 6 credit points and may be counted towards any postgraduate coursework degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
For Postgraduate Research Students
These 14 week courses are available to all Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students enrolled in higher degrees by research. Both are non-award courses, meaning that their completion does not count formally towards the attainment of a degree, but will assist in attaining a higher standard of professional skill.
Introduction to Thesis Writing
Introduction to Thesis Writing is a course designed to support postgraduate research students in their second semester of candidature. Fundamental aspects of thesis writing such as the research proposal, literature reviews and sections of chapters are introduced. The course will be particularly useful for students who need to develop their English language proficiency and/or their understanding of the requirements of English thesis writing.
Writing a Thesis Chapter
The sequel to Introduction to Thesis Writing, Writing a Thesis Chapter is a designed to further develop the writing and English language skills of postgraduate research students in their second year of candidature. Topics to be covered include: developing the argument of the thesis, developing literature reviews and theoretical frameworks, writing substantive and results chapters, writing about methodology, writing discussions and conclusions; and preparing a conference/thesis abstract.