Free postgraduate course: Postgraduate Writing and Advanced Information Skills (two semesters)

Overview: This is a programme of Wednesday afternoon seminars in postgraduate writing, combined with seminars in advanced library and research information skills. We send a reminder email to all students enrolled on the programme in advance of each session. You are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

Who the course is for: The course is open to all Masters, MPhil and PhD students.

It will be particularly relevant to students who have had a break between undergraduate and postgraduate studies and those who are unfamiliar with the requirements of postgraduate studies in a UK university context.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of the whole course it is expected that you will be able to:

  • Analyse the requirements of a range of different postgraduate assignments
  • Identify similarities and differences between the structural and stylistic requirements of different assignment formats (e.g. essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Work with appropriate language styles and structural formats towards the wider context of communicating with a range of academic or professional audiences
  • Work with a wider range of online information resources for research purposes

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for research students: All postgraduate research students are recommended to attain 30 Units of Training over the course of their PhD as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) process.  Attendance at any one of the Postgraduate Writing and Advanced Information Skills  sessions will count 1 Unit of Training towards your CPD. For further details on the CPD process please see http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/grad-school/res-skills-training/cpd

Enrol on the programme:

  • Login to AberLearn Blackboard
  • Click the AberSkills tab
  • In the right-hand column, in the Postgraduate Writing and Advanced Information Skills box, click Enrol now

Once enrolled, click My Modules to see this course listed under Opt-in Modules List.

Class materials will be available in the Content folder in the Blackboard module after each class.

Any questions or comments, please email: study-skills@aber.ac.uk

Jointly facilitated by Student Support and Information Services.

DateTimeLocationSubject
Semester1
05/10/16

14:00-15:00

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Establishing focus with written assignments 

12/10/16

14:00-15:30

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Essays and reports: comparative structures

19/10/16

14:00-15:30

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Creating a critical stance in a literature review

26/10/16

14:00-15:00

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Article searching with Primo 

02/11/16

14:00-15:30

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Research at home: working on and off campus

09/11/16

14:00-15:00

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Introductions with impact

16/11/16

14:00-15:30

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Bibliographic referencing software 

23/11/16

14:00-15:00

 

Hugh Owen C4, Penglais Campus

 

Maintaining clarity and focus

Semester 2
08/02/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus

Checkpoints in the writing process: editing and proofreading

15/02/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus

Keeping up to date in your subject of study

22/02/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus 

Functional development of narrative structure

01/03/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus

Open access

08/03/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus 

Writing a critical reflection in a practice based context

15/03/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus 

Establishing aspects of voice

22/03/17 14:00-15:30

TBA, Penglais Campus 

Dissertation planning

Additional note: This programme works at the same level as postgraduate research training module PGM0120, offered by the Office of Postgraduate Studies, and some of the early sessions are repeated in both courses. A common progression for PGM0120 students is to join the programme in semester 2. For more details of PGM0120 see http://www.aber.ac.uk/postgrads/en/mod1.shtml