Postgraduate Research Program June/July 2014

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Preparing for Postgraduate Study – Research (Course No. 4344)
Mon 16 June 1-4pm (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.

Preparing a Thesis Proposal
(Course No. 4345)
Mon 16 June 9am-12noon (3 hours)
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
(Course No. 4346)
Tue 24 June 9am-12noon (3 hours)
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 19 June 9am-12noon and 1-4pm
(Course No. 4347)
OR Mon 14 July 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
(Course No. 4348)
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
(Course No. 4349)
Fri 27 June 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
(6 hours)
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
(Course No. 4350)
Mon 23 June 9am-12noon (3 hours)
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
(Course No. 4351)
Fri 20 June 9am-12noon (3 hours)
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.

The Process of Getting a Journal Article Published (Course No. 4352)
Fri 20 June 1-3pm (2 hours)
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.

Overview of a Thesis (Course No. 4353)
Tue 17 June 10am-12noon and 1-3pm
(4 hours)
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 (Course No. 4354)
Thur 26 June 9am-12noon and 1-4pm
(6 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students (in the final stages of writing up). Bring: draft introduction, conclusion (& 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.

Oral Presentation Skills - Postgraduate
English speaking background students
(Course No. 4355)
Mon 21, Tue 22 and Wed 23 July
1-3pm (6 hours)
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.

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object
English speaking background students
(Course No. 4356)
Wed 18 June 10am-1pm (3 hours)
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 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
English speaking background students
(Course No. 4357)
Wed 18 June 2-5pm (3 hours)
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.

Critical Reading of Research Articles
(Course No. 4358)
Mon 7 July 2-5pm (3 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all postgraduates. Covers interpreting and asking critical questions about a text and its subject matter.

Writing in an Academic Style
English speaking background students
(Course No. 4359)
Tue 24 June 1-3pm (2 hours)
Room 722 Education Building
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral 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.

Procrastination and Managing Time
(Course No. 4360)
Thur 3 July 10am-12noon (2 hours)
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 on enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

Workshops for English Language and Learning

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

Writing a Critical Review on a Single Text or Object (Course No. 4361)
Fri 4 July 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background 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
(Course No. 4362) Fri 4 July 2-5pm (3 hrs)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background 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.

Writing in an Academic Style
(Course No. 4363)
Mon 30 June, Tue 1 and Wed 2 July
10am-12noon (6 hours)
Room 722 Education Building
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background 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 (Course No. 4364)
Mon 30 June, Tue 1, Wed 2 and Thur 3 July 1-4pm (12 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35.
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background students. Bring: Draft of current writing. Practises identifying and correcting common grammatical errors using mixed discipline peer groups.

Working in Groups (Course No. 4365)
Mon 7 July 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background students. Examines the challenges of working in groups and teams, and suggests strategies for making groups more effective.

Postgraduate Oral Presentation Skills
(Course No. 4366)
Mon 21, Tue 22, Wed 23, and Thur 24 July 10am-12pm (8 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background students. 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 (Course No. 4367)
Tue 15, Thur 17 and Fri 18 July 10am-2pm
(12 hours)
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.

Clearer Writing
(Course No. 4368)
Tue 8, Wed 9, Thur 10 and Fri 11 July, 11am-1pm (8 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background 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
(Course No. 4369)
Tue 8, Wed 9, Thur 10, Fri 11 July 2-5pm
(12 hours)
Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: postgraduate non English speaking background 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.