March/April Program 2018

MARCH/APRIL PROGRAM 2018

19 March – 3 May
Register online Monday 12 March 2018
- 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 (3 hours)
- Fri 23 March 3-6pm (Course No. 5657)
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)
- Thur 22 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5658)
Room 215 Old Teachers’ College A22
- Fri 13 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5659)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Mon 23 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5660)
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 (3 hours)
- Mon 19 March 9am-12pm (Course No. 5661)
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. 5662)
- Tue 20, 27 March, 10 and 17 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 (10 hours)
- Tue 20, 27 March, 10, 17 and 24 April 9-11am
(Course No. 5663)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: students who have successfully completed the workshop “Foundations of Grammar” or a grammar diagnostic test. Bring: piece of your own writing. Builds on “Foundations of Grammar” and looks at expressing meaning through grammatical choices in academic writing.

Essay Writing (12 hours)
- Tue 20, 27 March, 10 and 17 April 4-7pm
(Course No. 5664)
- Wed 21, 28 March, 11 and 18 April 4-7pm
(Course No. 5665)
- Thur 22, 29 March, 12 and 19 April 3-6pm
(Course No. 5666)
- Tue 3, Wed 4, Thu 5 and Fri 6 April 2-5pm
(Course No. 5667)
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 workshops cover the same areas as the twelve hour essay writing workshop, therefore EITHER enrol in the twelve hour workshop OR in one or more of the short workshops.

Analysing an Assignment Question (2 hours)
- Mon 19 March 3-5pm (Course No. 5668)
- Wed 28 March 9-11am (Course No. 5669)
- Fri 13 April 12-2pm (Course No. 5670)
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)
- Tue 10 April 11am-2pm (Course No. 5671)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Thu 26 April 10am-1pm (Course No. 5672)
Room 323 Old Teachers’ College A22
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 21 March 9-11am (Course No. 5673)
- Mon 9 April 10am-12pm (Course No. 5674)
- Mon 16 April 9-11am (Course No. 5675)
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 9 April 12-2pm (Course No. 5676)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Tue 24 April 3-5pm (Course No. 5677)
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 (3 hours)
- Mon 26 March 9am-12pm (Course No. 5678)
Room 442 Old Teachers’ College A22
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 (3 hours)
- Thu 22 March 9am-12pm (Course No. 5679)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Tue 27 March 11am-2pm (Course No. 5680)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Wed 4 April 10am-1pm (Course No. 5681)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 20 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5682)
Room 618 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.


Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
English speaking background students
- Wed 21 March 11am-1pm (Course No. 5683)
- Mon 16 April 11am-1pm (Course No. 5684)
- Tue 24 April 11am-1pm (Course No. 5685)
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 of a Journal Article (3 hours)
- Thur 29 March 1-4pm (Course No. 5686)
Room 215 Old Teachers’ College A22
- Fri 27 April 10am-1pm (Course No. 5687)
Room 618 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework. Bring (if possible): the text to be critically reviewed. Covers developing a critical review of a journal article. Includes examples, language features and writing practice.

Writing a Critical Review on a Topic Area (3 hours)
- Fri 13 April 9am-12pm (Course No. 5688)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 27 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5689)
Room 618 Education Bldg 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)
- Mon 19 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5690)
Room 442 Old Teachers’ College A22
-Thur 3 May 10am-1pm (Course No. 5691)
Room 722 Education Building 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 23 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5692)
Room 459 Education Bldg A35
- Mon 9 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5693)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 27 April 11am-2pm (Course No. 5694)
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)
- Thu 22 March 12-3pm (Course No. 5695)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Mon 26 March 9am-12pm (Course No. 5696)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Thu 26 April 3-6pm (Course No. 5697)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Thu 2 May 9-12pm (Course No. 5698)
Room 722 Education Bldg 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
(2 hours)
- Tue 20 March 11am-1pm (Course No. 5699)
- Thur 29 March 1-3pm (Course No. 5700)
- Mon 16 April 4-6pm (Course No. 5701)
- Tue 24 April 1-3pm (Course No. 5702)
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 (4 hours)
- Fri 20 April 9am-1pm (Course No. 5703)
Room 618 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 21 March 1-3pm (Course No. 5704)
- Mon 23 April 12-2pm (Course No. 5705)
- Fri 27 April 9-11am (Course No. 5706)
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 (6 hours)
- Wed 11 and 18 April 9am-12pm (Course No. 5707)
Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Undergraduates
non English speaking background students (6 hours)
- Wed 11 and 18 April 1-4pm (Course No. 5708)
Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
English speaking background students (6 hours)
- Thu 12, 19 and 26 April 9-11am (Course No. 5709)
Room 722 Education Building A35

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
non English speaking background students (9 hours)
- Thu 12, 19 and 26 April 12-3pm
(Course No. 5710)
Room 722 Education Building A35


POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM

Preparing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
- Wed 28 March 11am-2pm (Course No. 5711)
- Mon 30 April 9am-12pm (Course No. 5712)
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. 5713)
- Mon 19 March 12-3pm (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 21 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5714)
Room 530 Education Bldg A35
- Thu 29 March 10am-1pm (Course No. 5715)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Mon 16 April 1-4pm (Course No. 5716)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: doctoral students. This workshop is based on a study of recent successful theses and will cover: the format of a thesis which includes publications; the use of tools to enhance cohesion; and strategies to avoid duplication in the several literature reviews required, plus any other areas of concern.

Writing a Literature Review (6 hours)
- Sat 24 March 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (Course No. 5717)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 20 April 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (Course No. 5718)
Room 722 Education Building A35
- Fri 4 May 10am-1pm & 2-5pm (Course No. 5719)
Room 722 Education Building 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.

Introductions, Conclusions and Abstracts (6 hours)
Mon 30 April and Tue 1 May 12-3pm
(Course No. 5720)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students (in the final stages of writing up). Bring: draft introduction, conclusion (and abstract, if possible). Provides an in-depth study of these sections of a thesis, and includes an overview of staging and the analysis of examples.

Preparing for Postgraduate Study - Coursework
(2 hours)
- Mon 26 March 12-2pm (Course No. 5721)
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)
- Fri 23 March 9am-12pm (Course No. 5722)
- Fri 27 April 2-5pm (Course No. )
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)
- Tue 10 April 2-5pm (Course No. 5723)
Room 514 Education Building A35
- Tue 17 April 11am-2pm (Course No. 5724)
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.


W.E.L.L. (Workshops for English Language and Learning)
for non English speaking background students

Writing in an Academic Style (Course No. 5725)
- Mon 9, 16 and 23 April 3-5pm (6 hours)
Room 521 Education Bldg 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 23 April 9am-12pm (Course No. 5726)
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 (3 hours)
- Fri 23 March 12-3pm (Course No. 5727)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Reading for Effective Note-taking (3 hours)
- Mon 26 March 2-5pm (Course No. 5728)
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. 5729)
- Sat 7 April 10am-1pm & 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)
- Wed 2 May 12-3pm (Course No. 5730)
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. 5731) (12 hours)
- Tue 3, Thu 5 and Fri 6 April 10am-2pm
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.