Free postgraduate course

A free online course on postgraduate writing and advanced information skills (two semesters)

Seminars are held on Wednesday afternoons

Open to all Master's, MPhil and PhD students

To 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
  • When the module opens in Blackboard click +Enrol in the left column

Once enrolled, click My Modules to see this course listed under General modules

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

You will receive an email reminder in advance of each class

For further information, please email: study-skills@aber.ac.uk

Date Time Location Subject
Semester1
12/10/22

14:00-15:30 

Online via MS Teams 

Writing 1:

Establishing focus with written assignments 

19/10/22

14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 2:

Essays and reports: comparative structures

26/10/22

14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 3:

Creating a critical stance in a literature review

02/11/22

14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 4:

Introductions with impact

09/11/22

13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills 1:

New to Aber? Returning to research? Need a library refresh? 

16/11/22

14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 5:

Maintaining clarity and focus

23/11/22

13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills 3:

Keeping up to date in your research topic 

23/11/22 14:00-15:00 Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills 2: 

Getting started with EndNote reference management (rescheduled from the 16th)

07/12/22 13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams 

Advanced Information Skills 5:

An introduction to Metrics and Altmetrics

14/12/2022 13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills 4:

Using Mendeley (free) for reference management (rescheduled from November 30th)

 

Semester 2
18/01/23 13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills (repeated from Semester 1):

New to Aber? Returning to research? Need a library refresh?

25/01/23 13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills  (repeated from Semester 1):

Keeping up to date in your research topic

01/02/23 13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills (repeated from Semester 1):

Getting started with EndNote reference management 

01/02/23 14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 6:

Checkpoints in the writing process: editing and proofreading

08/02/23 14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 7:

Functional development of narrative structure

15/02/23 14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 8:

Establishing aspects of voice 1

22/02/23 14:00-15:30

Online via MS Teams

Writing 9:

Establishing aspects of voice 2

01/03/22

14:00-15:30 

Online via MS Teams

Writing 10:

Dissertation planning part 1

08/03/23

14:00-15:30 

Online via MS Teams

Writing 11:

Dissertation planning part 2

22/03/23

13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills (repeated from Semester 1):

Using Mendeley (free) for reference management

 

13:00-14:00

Online via MS Teams

Advanced Information Skills (repeated from Semester 1):

An introduction to Metrics and Altmetrics 


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

 Jointly facilitated by Student Learning Support and Information Services