Postgraduate Research Program Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

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POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SKILLS

Writing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
Mon 26 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 4721
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
OR
Fri 6 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 4722
Room 722 Education Bldg 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.

Working with Your Thesis Supervisor
(3 hours)
Mon 2 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 4723
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Examines supervisory relationship and provides strategies to communicate effectively and appropriately with your supervisor.

Writing a Literature Review (6 hours)
Tue 27 Oct 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 4724
OR
Tue 24 Nov 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 4725
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: 4 or 5 research articles relevant to topic, literature review from your own field. Examines purpose of review as well as structuring, synthesising and evaluating the literature.

Overview of a Thesis (4 hours)
Mon 26 Oct 1-5pm, Course No. 4726
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: contents page/thesis outline and draft of any part of thesis. Covers overall organisation and general issues of reader/writer communication.

Writing Introductions, Conclusions and Abstracts (6 hours)
Wed 28 Oct 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 4727
Room 722 Education Bldg 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.

Writing a Thesis Including Publications (3 hours)
Mon 2 Nov 2-5pm, Course No. 4728
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
OR
Thur 12 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 4729
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
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 up a Systemic Review (4 hours)
Tue 10 Nov 1-5pm, Course No. 4730
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: published systematic review from own field. Examines expectations for the various sections of a systematic review, focussing on staging within these, development of writer’s argument, and language issues, e.g. evaluative language.

Writing up Research in the Sciences (6 hours)
Thur 29 Oct 10am-1pm & 2-5pm
Course No. 4731
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students (in the process of writing up). Bring: draft of middle section of thesis. Focuses on the structure and language of the middle section of a thesis in the sciences. (Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion).

Writing up Research in the Humanities (3 hours)
Wed 4 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 4732
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: draft of middle section of thesis. Focuses on the purpose and characteristics of the middle section of a thesis in the humanities with emphasis on analysis and development of an argument.

Writing up Research in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
Fri 13 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 4733
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: draft of middle section of thesis.
Focuses on the purpose and characteristics of the middle section of a thesis in the social sciences with emphasis on analysis and development of an argument.

Writing a Journal Article in the Sciences (3 hours)
Fri 30 Oct 10am-1pm, Course No. 4734
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students writing up their research for publication. Bring: draft of an article you are working on AND a relevant journal article. Introduction to the structure and language of scientific journal articles.

The Process of Getting a Journal Article Published (2 hours)
Fri 30 Oct 2-4pm, Course No. 4735
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: style guides of relevant journals and a relevant journal article. Covers issues to do with getting published, such as choosing the journal, authorship and reviewers’ feedback.

Writing a Critical Review on a Topic Area (3 hours)
English speaking background students
Tue 3 November 10am-1pm, Course No. 4736
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: postgraduates. 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.

Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
English speaking background students
Thur 5 Nov 1-3pm, Course No. 4737
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: postgraduates. Bring: draft of current writing. Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, objectivity, technicality and impersonality.

Functional Grammar for Academic Writing (10 hours)
Mon 30 Nov, Tue 1, Wed 2, Thur 3 and Fri 4 Dec 10am-12noon, Course 4738
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: students who have completed Foundations of Grammar or a short grammar diagnostic test. Bring: a piece of your own writing. Builds on the workshop Foundations of Grammar and looks at expressing meaning through grammatical choices in academic writing.

Oral Presentation Skills (6 hours)
English speaking background students
Wed 4, Thur 5 and Fri 6 Nov 10am-12noon
Course No. 4739
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Target group: masters and doctoral students. Bring: your notes/visuals for presentation. This three session workshop will cover criteria for successful presentations, performance strategies and practice. PowerPoint practice presentations are accommodated.


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Workshops for English Language and Learning

FOR NON ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Vocabulary for Writing About Data (12 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 30 Nov, Tue 1, Wed 2 and Thur 3 Dec 2-5pm, Course No. 4740
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: article from your field and/or draft data description from your writing. Students will study examples of the grammar and vocabulary of data commentaries as the basis for writing practice.

Grammar Clinic for Editing and Proofreading (12 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 16, Tue 17, Wed 18 and Thur 19 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 4741
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: Draft of current writing. Practices identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Clearer Writing (8 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 16, Tue 17, Wed 18 and Thur 19 Nov 2-4pm, Course No. 4742
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: draft of your current writing. Aims to make explicit the linking structures in English that make writing clear and logical. Includes writing practice in using these structures.

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object (3 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Wed 25 November 10am-1pm
Course No. 4743
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
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)
non-English speaking background students
Wed 25 November 2-5pm, Course No. 4744
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
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.

Writing in an Academic Style (6 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 23 Nov 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 4745
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: draft of your current writing. Focuses on some of the characteristics of successful academic writing across all disciplines, e.g. formality, technicality, conciseness and impersonality.

Oral Presentation Skills
non-English speaking background students
Mon 9, Tue 10, Wed 11 and Thur 12 Nov 10am-12noon (8 hours) Course No. 4746
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
OR
Thur 26 and Fri 27 Nov 10am-1pm (6 hours)
Course No. 4747
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: notes/visuals for presentation. Covers criteria for successful presentations, performance strategies and practice. PowerPoint practice presentations are accommodated.

Pronunciation Skills (12 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 7, Wed 9, Thur 10 and Fri 11 Dec 10am-1pm, Course No. 4748
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
Bring: if possible, your own audio recording device, e.g. phone, MP3, digital recorder. Provides practice in identifying and correcting common pronunciation problems in English. Develops methods for improving speaking and pronunciation.

Discussion Skills and Working in Groups (3 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Fri 20 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 4749
Room 722 Education Bldg A35
This workshop provides strategies for effective participation in academic discussion and focused language practice. It helps you set up personal goals for developing your skills.