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 English for Postgraduates (FASS7001)

This elective is designed for International postgraduates who are new to study in an English language university. It supports the development of study, research, and critical thinking abilities, spoken English and academic language. Knowledge acquired in this unit will strengthen written and spoken English to help meet the standards necessary for successful completion of FASS Masters by coursework degrees. It is recommended that this elective be taken during the first semester.

Semester 2, 2015, Credit Points: 6

1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x500wd Annotated Bibliography (15%), 1x2500wd Reflection Journal (25%), 1xSeminar Presentation (25%), Seminar Participation (5%)

1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week

Critical Thinking & Persuasive Writing (FASS7002)

This elective supports development of skills in critical analysis, writing in different genres, research, presentation, and developing individual scholarly 'voice'. While valuable for all commencing postgraduates, it is of particular benefit to those returning to academia after an extended break, or for International students wishing to orient themselves to local standards of practice for academic communication. This unit is structured to have additional seminars and lectures early in the semester and fewer later in the semester so students have the opportunity to apply new skills to all their coursework. The unit is ideally taken in the first semester of study.

Semester 1, 2015, Credit Points: 6

1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x500wd Critical Review (20%), Seminar Presentation (20%), 1x2500wd Reflection Journal (20%), Seminar Participation (5%)

2 lectures per week for weeks 1 – 3, one per week from weeks 4 – 9
2 seminars per week for weeks 1 – 3, one per week from weeks 4 – 9

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

Next offered in Semester 2, 2014

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.

Applications to register interest in the next session of this course are now open, and will close on Monday 7 July 2014. Applications must be made on students' behalf by their supervisors or Departmental postgraduate research co-ordinators.

Writing a Thesis Chapter

Next offered in Semester 1, 2015

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.