September/October Program 2017

18 September - 27 October 2017

Register online Monday 11 September
sydney.edu.au/lc

  • It is not possible to enrol before this date.
  • Workshops are open to all enrolled University of Sydney students.
  • Workshops are free of charge.
  • These workshops will be held at the Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney.

HONOURS PROGRAM

Managing the Final Stages
of an Honours Year (2 hours)
Thur 21 Sept 10am-1pm, Course No. 5534
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: honours students in the last semester of their honours year. Bring: time lines. Provides strategies for coping with completing a thesis under pressure.

Writing Introductions, Conclusions
and Abstracts (3 hours)
Wed 20 Sept 10am-1pm, Course No. 5535
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: honours students at the end of the thesis writing process. Bring: draft introduction and conclusion (and if possible abstract). Provides an overview of the structure and language of these sections of a thesis.

Overview of an Honours Thesis (3 hours)
Tue 19 Sept 2-5pm, Course No. 5536
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: honours students in the first semester of their honours year. Bring: content page/thesis outline. Provides a generalised description of the typical structure and purpose of each section of the thesis.

Developing Your Thesis Argument (3 hours)
Wed 20 Sept 2-5pm, Course No. 5537
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: honours students in the writing process. Bring: draft of sections of the middle part of the thesis. Exemplifies how to develop the argument in the middle sections of the thesis by evaluating literature and discussing results.

Writing an Honours Proposal (3 hours)
Tue 19 Sept 10am-1pm, Course No. 5538
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: honours students writing/about to write their proposal. Bring: draft of sections of proposal. Provides models and guidelines for writing a thesis proposal.

PREPARING FOR EXAMS

Practice for Short Answer Exams (3 hours)
Mon 16 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5539
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Analyses and classifies short answer questions, practises outlining and writing short answers under time pressure.

Practice for Multiple Choice Question Exams (3 hours)
Wed 18 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5540
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Examines formats, instructions and wording of multiple choice question exams, offers practical strategies.

Preparing for Exams (3 hours)
Fri 13 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5541
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Covers exam revision schedules, exam performance strategies including managing time and dealing with exam anxiety.

Practice for Essay Exams (3 hours)
Thur 12 October 2-5pm, Course No. 5542
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. Bring: examples of past exam questions (if available). Analyses and classifies essay questions, practises outlining and writing essay answers under time pressure.

Procrastination and Managing Time (2 hours)
Fri 13 Oct 2-4pm, Course No. 5543
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Presents strategies for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

GENERAL WORKSHOP PROGRAM

ACADEMIC WRITING SKILLS

Analysing an Assignment Question (2 hours)
Fri 6 Oct 10am-12noon, Course No 5544
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework students. Provides strategies for identifying the focus of the question and investigating how the wording of a question affects the structure of the response.

Planning an Assignment (2 hours)
Thur 5 Oct 1-3pm, Course No. 5545
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework students. Covers the planning and structure of common written assignments.

Developing an Argument (3 hours)
Fri 6 Oct 1-4pm, Course No. 5546
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework students. Focuses on developing an argument by synthesising, evaluating and presenting evidence from relevant literature to substantiate a point of view.

Analytical Writing (2 hours)
Thur 19 Oct 10am-12noon, Course No. 5547
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework students. Looks at the differences between analytical and descriptive writing, and the process involved in developing an analytical approach to ideas and information.

Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
2 hour short course for English speaking background students
Thur 5 Oct 10am-12noon, Course No. 5548
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework 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.

Professional Report Writing (3 hours)
Mon 9 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5549
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters by coursework students. 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.

Writing Coursework Assignments (3 hours)
Thur 12 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5550
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 Assignments (3 hours)
Wed 4 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 5551
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.

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SKILLS

Writing a Literature Review (6 hours)
Wed 11 October 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 5552
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: 4-/5 research articles relevant to topic, literature review from own field. Examines purpose of review as well as structuring, synthesising and evaluating the literature.

ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS

Undergraduate non English speaking background students (8 hours)
Tue 3, 10, 17 and 24 Oct 10am-12noon
Course No. 5553
Room 722 Education Building A35

Postgraduate non English speaking background students (8 hours)
Tue 3, 10, 17 and 24 Oct 1-3pm
Course No. 5554
Room 722 Education Building A35

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