Summer Program 2015

12 January - 6 February 2015
Register online Mon 5 January 2015
http://www.usyd.edu.au/lc

- You cannot register before Monday 5 January 2015.
- There is a limit to the number of places available in each workshop.
- Workshops are open to all enrolled University of Sydney students.
- Workshops are free of charge.


ACADEMIC WRITING AND READING SKILLS

Foundations of Grammar
Mon 2, Tue 3, Wed 4 and Thur 5 February
10am-12noon (8 hours)
Course No. 4473
Venue: Room 418 Education Building A35
Target group: all 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
Mon 2, Tue 3, Wed 4, Thur 5 and Fri 6 February 10am-12noon (10 hours)
Course No. 4474
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: students who have successfully 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.

Clearer Writing
Mon 12, Tue 13, Wed 14 and Thur 15 January 11am-1pm (8 hours)
Course No. 4475
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all 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.

Clearer Writing - 3 hour version for English speaking background students
Tue 20 January 2-5pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4476
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: 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.

Writing a Critical Review on a
Single Text or Object
Wed 21 January 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4477
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all 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
Wed 21 January 2-5pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4478
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all 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.

Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing Evidence
Thur 22 January 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4479
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students.
Helps you to identify the differences between quoting and reporting, and gives practice in language strategies to help avoid plagiarism.

Writing in an Academic Style
Fri 23 January 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (6 hours)
Course No. 4480
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. 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 in an Academic Style - 2 hour version for English speaking background students
Fri 6 February 1-3pm (2 hours)
Course No. 4481
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: 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.

Language Strategies for Referring to Evidence
Thur 22 January 2-4pm (2 hours)
Course No. 4482
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Focuses on the range of grammatical structures, reporting verbs and tenses that are available, and presents guidelines for choosing appropriately.

Introduction to Critical Reading
Wed 28 January 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4483
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Bring: example of course reading. Introduces process of critical thinking and reading, practises strategies for evaluating and asking critical questions about readings.

Reading Strategies
Mon 19 January 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4484
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates. Practises basic strategies of skimming and scanning.

Critical Thinking
Mon 19 January 2-5pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4485
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students. Bring: a reading (article/book chapter) from a discipline you are studying. Considers what it means to think critically, offers a step-by-step perspective on critical thinking, includes practice in thinking critically about a text in your own discipline.

Essay Writing
Mon 12, Tue 13, Wed 14 and Thur 15 January 2-5pm (12 hours)
Course No. 4486
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students. Covers characteristics of persuasive analytical essays for social science and humanities. Focuses on developing an analytical argument and incorporating evidence.

Professional Report Writing in the Social Sciences
Tue 27 January 1-4pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4487
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: undergraduates, Masters coursework. This workshop focuses on the language resources necessary to develop arguments and critical evaluation in order to (1) respond to 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.

Using Evidence in Essays
Mon 2 February 1-4pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4488
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: all students/first year students.
Covers evaluating sources of evidence, using evidence critically and to support your argument, synthesising evidence to find patterns and develop your argument and paraphrasing skills.

STUDY SKILLS

Procrastination and Managing Time
Fri 16 January 11am-1pm (2 hours)
Course No. 4489
Venue: 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 for enhancing concentration and dealing with procrastination.

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM

Writing a Thesis Proposal
Tue 20 January 10am-1pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4490
Venue: 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.

Writing a Literature Review
Thur 29 January 10am-1pm and 2-5pm (6 hours)
Course No. 4491
Venue: 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 a Journal Article in the Sciences
Wed 28 January 2-5pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4492
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters by research, doctoral students writing up their research for publication. Bring: draft of an article you’re working on or a relevant journal article. Introduction to the structure and language of scientific journal articles.

Writing a Thesis Including Publications
Thur 5 February 1-4pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4493
Venue: Room 722 Education Building 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 Coursework Assignments
Tue 3 February 1-4pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4494
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters coursework. 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
Wed 4 February 1-4pm (3 hours)
Course No. 4495
Venue: Room 722 Education Building A35
Target group: Masters coursework. 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.