Postgraduate Research Program Oct/Nov/Dec 2017

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POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SKILLS

Writing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
Mon 30 Oct 9am-12pm, Course No. 5574
Room 722 Education Building A35
OR
Fri 10 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 5575
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.

Working with Your Thesis Supervisor
(3 hours)
Mon 6 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 5576
Room 722 Education Building 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 31 Oct 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 5577
Room 722 Education Building A35
OR
Tue 28 Nov 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 5578
Room 722 Education Building A35
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 30 Oct 1-5pm, Course No. 5579
Room 722 Education Building 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 1 Nov 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 5580
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: masters by research and 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 6 Nov 2-5pm, Course No. 5581
Room 722 Education Building A35
OR
Thur 16 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 5582
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 up a Systemic Review (4 hours)
Tue 14 Nov 1-5pm, Course No. 5583
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: published systemic review from own field. This workshop focuses on the writing-up, NOT the carrying-out, of a systematic review, i.e. on the content elements of, and staging within, the various review sections, and on relevant expression issues, e.g. evaluative language.

Writing up Research in the Sciences (6 hours)
Thur 2 Nov 10am-1pm & 2-5pm
Course No. 5584
Room 722 Education Building 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 8 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 5585
Room 722 Education Building 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)
Mon 13 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 5586
Room 722 Education Building 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 3 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 5587
Room 722 Education Building 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 3 Nov 2-4pm, Course No. 5588
Room 722 Education Building 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 7 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 5589
Room 722 Education Building 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 9 Nov 1-3pm, Course No. 5590
Room 722 Education Building 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 4, Tue 5, Wed 6, Thur 7 and Fri 8 Dec 10am-12pm
Course No. 5591
Room 722 Education Building 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 8, Thur 9 and Fri 10 Nov 10am-12pm
Course No. 5592
Room 722 Education Building 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.

Workshops for English Language and Learning

FOR NON ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUND POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

Detailed Reading for Academic Writing (4 hours)
Fri 24 Nov 10am-12pm and 1-3pm
Course No. 5593
Room 722 Education Building 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.

Vocabulary for Writing About Data (12 hours)
non-English speaking background students
Mon 4 Tue 5, Wed 6 and Thur 7 Dec 1-4pm Course No. 5594
Room 722 Education Building 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 20, Tue 21, Wed 22 and Thur 23 Nov 10am-1pm, Course No. 5595
Room 722 Education Building 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 20, Tue 21, Wed 22 and Thur 23 Nov 2-4pm Course No. 5596
Room 722 Education Building 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 29 November 10am-1pm
Course No. 5597
Room 722 Education Building 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 29 November 2-5pm, Course No. 5598
Room 722 Education Building 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 27 Nov 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Course No. 5599
Room 722 Education Building 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
Tue 14, Wed 15, Thur 16 and Fri 17 Nov 10am-12pm (8 hours)
Course No. 5600
Room 722 Education Building A35
OR
Thur 30 Nov & Fri 1 Dec 9am-12pm (6 hours)
Course No. 5601
Room 722 Education Building 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 13, Wed 15, Thur 16 and Fri 17 Nov 1-4pm, Course No. 5602
Room 618 Education Building 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 8 Dec 1-4pm, Course No. 5603
Room 722 Education Building 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.