March/April Program 2017

MARCH/APRIL PROGRAM 2017

20 March – 5 May 2017
Register online Monday 13 March 2017
- There is a limit to the number of places available in each workshop.
- Workshops are open to all enrolled University of Sydney students.
- Workshops are free of charge.


ACADEMIC READING AND WRITING SKILLS

Introduction to Critical Reading (Course No. 5236)
- Fri 24 March 3-6pm (3 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Bring: example of course reading. Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Critical Reading of a Research Article (3 hours)
- Fri 31 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5237) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Wed 3 May 10am-1pm (Course No. 5238) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 5 May 2-5pm (Course No. 5239) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: senior undergraduates (3rd year +), Masters and doctoral students. Bring: journal article from field of study. Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Reading for Effective Note-taking (Course No. 5240)
- Mon 20 March 9am-12noon (3 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring: example of course reading. Practises strategies for thoughtful note-taking and summarising by identifying structure of text using two different types of text.

Foundations of Grammar (Course No. 5241)
- Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 2-4pm (8 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Bring: sample of own writing. This course looks at four basic areas of English grammar (sentence structure, verb groups, verb tenses and noun groups) from the point of view of the academic reader and writer. It will build your understanding of grammatical terminology and description.

Functional Grammar for Academic Writing (Course No. 5242)
- Mon 20, 27 March, 3, 10 and 24 April 5-7pm (10 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: students who have successfully completed “Foundations of Grammar” or a grammar diagnostic test. Bring: piece of your own writing. Builds on the workshop Foundations of Grammar and looks at expressing meaning through grammatical choices in academic writing.

Essay Writing
- Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 4-7pm (12 hours) Course No. 5243
- Wed 22, 29 March, 5 and 12 April 11am-2pm (12 hours) Course No. 5244
- Thu 23, 30 March, 6 and 13 April 1-4pm (12 hours) Course No. 5245
- Wed 19 and Thu 20 and 21 April 2-5pm (9 hours) Course No. 5246
- Sat 1 April 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (6 hours) Course No. 5247
- Sat 8 April 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (6 hours) Course No. 5248
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

SHORT ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOPS
These short workshops are components of the longer essay workshops listed above. Therefore EITHER enrol in one of the long workshop series above OR in one or more of the short workshops listed below.

Analysing an Assignment Question (2 hours)
- Mon 20 March 3-5pm (Course No. 5249)
- Wed 29 March 9-11am (Course No. 5250)
- Fri 31 March 12noon-2pm (Course No. 5251)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Provides strategies for identifying the focus of the question and investigating how the wording of a question affects the structure of the response.

Developing an Argument (3 hours)
- Wed 5 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5252)
- Tue 18 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5253)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.

Planning an Assignment (2 hours)
- Wed 22 March 9-11am (Course No. 5254)
- Mon 3 April 10am-12noon (Course No. 5255)
- Mon 10 April 9-11am (Course No. 5256)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Covers the planning and structure of common written assignments.

Analytical Writing (2 hours)
- Mon 3 April 12noon-2pm (Course No. 5257)
- Wed 5 April 9-11am (Course No. 5258)
- Tue 11 April 9-11am (Course No. 5259)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Introduction to Critical Writing in Essays (Course No. 5260)
- Mon 27 March 9am-12noon (3 hours) Room 418 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Identifies the types of university assignments that require a critical approach. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective within essays. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Using Evidence in Essays (Course No. 5261)
- Tue 2 May 2-5pm (3 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, first year, Masters by coursework. Covers evaluating sources of evidence, using evidence critically and to support your argument, synthesising evidence to find patterns and develop your argument and paraphrasing skills.
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Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
English speaking background students
- Wed 22 March 2-4pm (Course No. 5262)
- Mon 10 April 11am-1pm (Course No. 5263)
- Wed 26 April 10am-12noon (Course No. 5264)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Bring: draft of current writing. Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object (3 hours)
- Mon 27 March 1-4pm (Course No. 5265)
Room 514 Education Building A35
- Fri 7 April 10am-1pm (Course No. 5266) Room 437 Old Teachers' College A22
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a critical review of a single text (e.g. a journal article, artwork, film, lesson, policy, experiment website). Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Writing a Critical Review on a Topic Area (3 hours)
- Fri 31 March 9am-12noon (Course No. 5267) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Mon 1 May 9am-12noon (Course No. 5268) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed. Covers developing and demonstrating a critical perspective in a more complex critical review of a debate, methodology, theory, topic area, etc. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Professional Report Writing in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
- Thur 27 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5269)
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. This workshop focuses on the language resources necessary to develop arguments and critical evaluation in order to (1) respond to a real-life scenario or case study, (2) demonstrate critical analysis of a particular real-world problem, and (3) make recommendations to a course of action by an imagined client, business or government department.

Clearer Writing (3 hours)
English speaking background students
- Fri 24 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5270) Room 418 Education Building A35
- Mon 3 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5271) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 7 April 11am-2pm (Course No. 5272) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Bring: draft of writing. Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical and includes writing practice in using these structures.

Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing Evidence (3 hours)
- Mon 27 March 9am-12noon (Course No. 5273)
- Thu 27 April 10am-1pm (Course No. 5274)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Language Strategies for Referring to Evidence (Course No. 5275)
- Tue 18 April 10am-12noon (2 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and presents guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Critical Reflection in the Social and Health Sciences (Course No. 5276)
- Mon 24 April 1-5pm (4 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. This workshop will be helpful for students who are required to describe and reflect on a critical incident; critically respond to and reflect on a real-life scenario; or explain a personal or professional experience from a theoretical perspective in order to demonstrate critical reflection and transform disciplinary knowledge in the social and health sciences.

STUDY SKILLS

Procrastination and Managing Time (2 hours)
- Wed 22 March 4-6pm (Course No. 5277)
- Fri 7 April 9-11am (Course No. 5278)
- Tue 18 April 12noon-2pm (Course No. 5279)
Room 722 Education Building A35.
Target group: all students. Examines current (mis)use of time and practises setting goals, prioritising tasks and planning at semester, weekly and daily levels. Presents strategies for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.

Oral Presentation Skills for Undergraduates
English speaking background students
(Course No. 5280)
- Tue 21, 28 March and 4 April 9-11am (6 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Undergraduates
non English speaking background students (Course No. 5281)
- Tue 21, 28 March, 4 and 11 April 12noon-2pm (8 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
English speaking background students (Course No. 5282)
- Thu 23, 30 March and 6 April 11am-1pm (6 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
non English speaking background students
(Course No. 5283)
- Thu 23, 30 March, 6 and 13 April 9-11am (8 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM

Preparing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
- Wed 29 March 3-6pm (Course No. 5284)
- Wed 26 April 1-4pm (Course No. 5285)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: sample proposal from your department (if available). Provides an overview of the proposal with particular emphasis on the introductory stage and the expression of aims, research questions and hypotheses.

Preparing for Postgraduate Study - Research (Course No. 5286)
- Mon 20 March 12noon-3pm (3 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students (early stages). Covers preliminary stages of independent research; planning, research approaches and methodologies, characteristics of quality research, establishing and managing a bibliography.

Writing a Thesis Including Publications (3 hours)
- Wed 22 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5287) Room 440 Old Teachers' College A22
- Mon 10 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5288) Room 722 Education Bldg A35
- Mon 1 May 1-4pm (Course No. 5289) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: doctoral students. This workshop is based on a study of recent successful theses and will cover: how to write an engaging introduction and a forceful conclusion, avoid duplication in the several literature reviews required, and develop a final overarching argument.

Writing a Literature Review (6 hours)
- Sat 25 March 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (Course No. 5290) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 28 April 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (Course No. 5291) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Thur 4 May 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (Course No. 5292) Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: 4 or 5 research articles relevant to topic, literature review from own field. Examines purpose of review as well as structuring, synthesising and evaluating the literature.

Preparing for Postgraduate Study - Coursework (Course No. 5293)
- Mon 27 March 12noon-2pm (2 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: beginning Masters by coursework students. Covers time management, working in small groups, accessing and managing electronic and print information.

Writing Coursework Assignments (3 hours)
- Mon 20 March 10am-1pm (Course No. 5294) Room 458 Education Building A35
- Fri 24 March 9am-12noon (Course No. 5295) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 7 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5296) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by coursework students. Bring: a draft of a current assignment. This workshop looks at possible structures of coursework assignments, the component parts and the links between them.

Managing Literature for Coursework (3 hours)
- Mon 20 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5297) Room 436 Education Building A35
- Wed 12 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5298) Room 722 Education Building A35
- Wed 3 May 2-5pm (Course No. 5299) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by coursework students. Bring: 2 articles for a current coursework assignment. This workshop discusses how literature from your field can be used to support argument in your coursework assignment, and looks at strategies for organising your references.

WORKSHOPS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LEARNING

The following workshops are for non English speaking background students.

Writing in an Academic Style (Course No. 5300)
- Thu 23, 30 March and 6 April 4-6pm (6 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring: draft of current writing. Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, objectivity, conciseness and impersonality.

Introduction to Critical Reading (3 hours)
- Mon 24 April 9am-12noon (Course No. 5301) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Bring: example of course reading. Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Reading Strategies (Course No. 5302)
- Fri 24 March 12noon-3pm (3 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Reading for Effective Note-taking (Course No. 5303)
- Mon 27 March 2-5pm (3 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring: example of course reading. Practises strategies for thoughtful note-taking and summarising by identifying structure of text, uses two different types of text.

Clearer Writing (Course No. 5304)
- Sat 22 April 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (6 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring: draft of current writing. Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English which make writing clear and logical and includes writing practice in using these structures.

Discussion Skills & Working in Groups (3 hours)
- Tue 2 May 10am-1pm (Course No. 5305) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. This workshop provides strategies for effective participation in academic discussion and focussed language practice. It helps you set up personal goals for developing your skills. Also examines challenges of working in groups and teams, and suggests strategies for making groups more effective.

Pronunciation Skills (Course No. 5306)
- Wed 19, Thur 20 & Fri 21 April 10am-2pm (12 hours) Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Bring: if possible, your own audio recording device, e.g. phone, MP3, digital recorder. Provides practise in identifying and correcting common pronunciation problems in English. Develops methods for improving speaking and pronunciation.

Detailed Reading for Academic Writing (Course No. 5307)
- Fri 5 May 9-11am and 12noon-2pm (4 hours) Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. Focuses on understanding academic texts packed with complex content and how this information needs to be unpacked in order to write successfully and avoid plagiarism. Session 1 will specifically focus on text structure, identifying key content words in paragraphs and joint paraphrasing. Session 2 will provide key word identification, strategies for note-making and paraphrasing, and examples of independent detailed reading practice.