Postgraduate Research Program June/July 2015

Enrol on or after Tuesday 9 June 2015 from 9am onwards. Click here to enrol online.

Preparing for Postgraduate Study – Research (3 hours)
Mon 15 June 1-4pm (Course No. 4613)
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.

Preparing a Thesis Proposal (3 hours)
Mon 15 June 9am-12noon
(Course No. 4614)
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 Supervisor (3 hours)
Tue 23 June 9am-12noon (Course No. 4615)
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)
- Thur 18 June 9am-12noon and 1-4pm (Course No. 4616)
- Mon 13 July 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (Course No. 4617)
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.

Writing up Research in the Sciences (6 hours)
Fri 26 June 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
(Course No. 4618)
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)
Mon 22 June 9am-12noon (Course No. 4619)
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)
Fri 19 June 9am-12noon (Course No. 4620)
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.

Overview of a Thesis (4 hours)
Tue 16 June 10am-12noon and 1-3pm
(Course No. 4621)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students. Bring: contents page/thesis outline & draft of any part of thesis. Covers overall organisation and general issues of reader/writer communication.

Introductions, Conclusions and Abstracts
(6 hours)
Thur 25 June 9am-12noon and 1-4pm
(Course No. 4622)
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.

The Process of Getting a Journal Article Published (2 hours)
Fri 19 June 1-3pm (Course No. 4623)
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 Thesis Including Publications
(3 hours)
- Wed 24 June 9am-12pm (Course No. 4624)
- Wed 15 July 10-1pm (Course No. 4625)
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.

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
English speaking background students (6 hours)
Mon 20, Tue 21 and Wed 22 July 1-3pm (Course No. 4626)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Bring: a topic to practise. These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.

Critical Reading of Research Articles (3 hours)
Mon 6 July 2-5pm (Course No. 4627)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate students. Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Procrastination and Managing Time (2 hours)
Thur 2 July 10am-12noon (Course No. 4628)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate students. Examines current (mis)use of time and practises setting goals, prioritising tasks and planning at semester, weekly and daily levels. Presents strategies on enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

Foundations of Grammar (8 hours)
Mon 6, Tue 7, Wed 8, and Thur 9 July
9-11am (Course No. 4629)
Room 461 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate research students. 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. Please bring a sample of your course reading, and a sample of your writing.

Functional Grammar for Academic Writing
(10 hours)
Mon 13, Tue 14, Wed 15, Thur 16 and Fri 17 July 10am-12noon (Course No. 4630)
Room 409 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate research students. Builds on “Foundations of Grammar” and looks at the resources of the English clause for expressing meaning through grammatical choices. Suitable for students who have completed "Foundations of Grammar" or for those who can demonstrate a sound knowledge of the terminology and description of English grammar in a short diagnostic test (contact the Learning Centre). Please bring a sample of your course reading, and a sample of your writing.

Writing in an Academic Style (2 hours)
Tue 23 June 1-3pm (Course No. 4631)
Room 722 Education Building
Target group: English speaking background postgraduate 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)
Wed 17 June 10am-1pm (Course No. 4632)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: English speaking background postgraduate students. 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)
Wed 17 June 2-5pm (Course No. 4633)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: English speaking background postgraduate students. 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.


Workshops for English Language and Learning

The following workshops are for non English speaking background postgraduate students.

Writing in an Academic Style (6 hours)
Mon 29, Tue 30 June and Wed 1 July
10am-12noon (Course No. 4634)
Room 722 Education Building
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate 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.

Grammar Clinic for Editing and Proofreading (12 hours)
Mon 29, Tue 30 June, Wed 1 and Thur 2 July 1-4pm (Course No. 4635)
Room 722 Education Building A35.
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. Bring: Draft of current writing. Practises identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Working in Groups (3 hours)
Mon 6 July 10am-1pm (Course No. 4636)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. Examines the challenges of working in groups and teams, and suggests strategies for making groups more effective.

Oral Presentation Skills for Postgraduates
non English speaking background students
(8 hours)
Mon 20, Tue 21, Wed 22, and Thur 23 July 10am-12pm (Course No. 4637)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Bring: a topic to practise. These workshops aim to develop your public speaking skills for tutorial/seminar and conference presentation, and include short practice sessions using video feedback.

Pronunciation Skills (12 hours)
Tue 14, Thur 16 and Fri 17 July 10am-2pm
(Course No. 4638)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate 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.

Clearer Writing (8 hours)
Tue 7, Wed 8, Thur 9 and Fri 10 July, 11am-1pm (Course No. 4639)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. 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.

Vocabulary for Writing About Data
(12 hours)
Tue 7, Wed 8, Thur 9, Fri 10 July 2-5pm
(Course No. 4640) Room 722 Education Bldg
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students who need to write up research data. Bring: article from field &/or draft data description from your writing. Students will study concordance examples of the grammar and vocabulary of data commentaries as the basis for writing practice.

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object (3 hours)
Fri 3 July 10am-1pm (Course No. 4641)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. 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 3 July 2-5pm (Course No. 4642)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: non English speaking background postgraduate students. 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.