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Overview
level of study Master's and PhD level
time taken to complete 2 hours per week for 6 weeks

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This course is suitable for postgraduate students. It focuses on the skills and techniques required to write successfully about research.

Information: Modules that carry the AS- code are non-credit bearing modules. This means that successful completion of these modules by attending 80% of the course, will appear on your  Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Syllabus

This course is made up of the following two-hour sessions:

SESSION ONE: Habits and tools; subject and style; article analysis

In this session students will learn:

  • the importance of developing good writing habits
  • different tools of the trade
  • to read like a writer
  • elements of effective academic style.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 5th Oct 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 8th Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00

SESSION TWO: Structure and flow in extended writing

In this session students will learn how to:

  • write effective introductions and abstracts
  • improve structure and flow in their writing
  • create a niche for their research and demonstrate originality
  • use general to specific and specific to general patterns effectively
  • structure information logically from old to new

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 12th Oct 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 15th Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00

SESSION THREE: Working with the literature and writing critically

In this session, students will learn to:

  • synthesise the literature around their own argument
  • foreground their own argument in relation to the literature by adjusting Theme and Rheme
  • build a confident voice as an academic writer

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 19th Oct 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 22nd Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00

SESSION FOUR: Writing about research methods

In this session students will:

  • learn what to include in research design chapters
  • learn the difference between methodology and methods
  • discover examiners’ common complaints about research design chapters
  • learn to explain your own research design clearly.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 26th Oct 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 29th Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00

SESSION FIVE: Discussions and Conclusions, Editing and Proofreading

In this session students will:

  • learn to structure discussion and conclusions
  • learn to make claims effectively
  • learn to evidence claims effectively
  • hone strategies for editing and proofreading.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 9th Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 6th Dec 2022, 10:00-12:00

SESSION SIX: Formatting your Thesis

In this session, students will discover how well-presented work gets higher grades. This thesis-formatting workshop will teach you all the tips and tricks to get the most from Microsoft Word. You’ll learn how to meet academic standards and to give your work a professional edge.

BAY CAMPUS
Tue 2nd Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00

ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Wed 16th Nov 2022, 10:00-12:00 

SINGLETON CAMPUS
Tue 13th Dec 2022, 10:00-12:00