workshops

A CONDENSED OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE KEY FOCUS AREAS OF THE WORKSHOPS

Each workshop includes time for practical and interactive exercises that allow participants to apply what they have learnt to their own research projects and receive feedback from the Facilitator

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Workshop on Postgraduate Supervision at the University of Pretoria, 15 May 2013

A Supervisor’s Workshop for (Post-Doctoral) Researchers, Entry-Level Academics and Supervisors of Research

The objective of this workshop is to equip research supervisors with the tools, practical skills and knowledge required to successfully engage in, and implement, a sustainable and formal supervisory and mentoring relationship with identified postgraduate students in the academic learning environment.  In addition, participants are also orientated to the concept of our Personal and Professional Development Contract (PDC), focusing on the holistic growth of the individual, both on a personal and a professional level.  Specific emphasis is directed at achieving research-related goals.

A Workshop on Supervision for Postgraduate Students

The objective of this workshop is to equip postgraduate students with the knowledge and practical skills required to meaningfully engage with their supervisors in a formally structured relationship.  The aim is to further enhance the achievement of the short and longer-term learning goals and career development needs of learners in a caring and secure learning environment within the institution. Learners are also orientated to the concept of our PDC, focusing on the holistic growth of the individual, both on a personal and a professional level.  Specific emphasis is directed at enhancing their research skills through a hands-on and practical workplace relationship with mentors and/or supervisors who have relevant experience and expertise to impart.

Research Proposal Writing

  • The importance of a research proposal;
  • The structure of a research proposal, with each of the components explained in further detail;
  • Examples of research proposals from a variety of disciplines and from Honour’s level through to PhD

Project Management in Research

    • Identify the key stakeholders involved in the research project and the importance of managing each stakeholder relationship effectively
    • The importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project
    • The need for careful and thorough planning
    • How to control, monitor and evaluate a research project so that it is completed within the required time frames, budget and quality parameters
    • How to complete a project management plan template for your research project

Grant Application and Funding Proposal Writing

      • How to find potential funders;
      • The structure of a grant application, with each of the key components explained in further detail and special emphasis given to the NRF’s Thuthuka Programme;
      • A basic project management plan that will guide the implementation of the proposed research and which can be included in the grant/ funding application

Research Design and Methodology

      • An introduction to some of the key concepts of research design and methodology;
      • Some ethical considerations in research;
      • Understanding quantitative research methods, in particular the steps involved in designing and using a questionnaire;
      • Understanding qualitative research methods, in particular the steps involved in designing interview questions and conducting interviews;
      • A basic introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in analysing quantitative data;
      • The use of content analysis in analysing qualitative data

Thesis Writing

      • Some important guidelines, such as when to start writing, the length of a thesis/ research report, how to edit the document and some tips on addressing “writer’s block”;
      • The structure of a thesis, with each of the key components explained in further detail;
      • Guidelines on conducting a literature search, referencing and avoiding plagiarism;
      • The submission process and what happens thereafter

Academic Writing and Publishing

      • The importance of publishing;
      • Finding a suitable journal;
      • The components of an academic paper, with each of the key components explained in further detail;
      • The submission process and what happens thereafter;
      • Some ethical considerations

A Mentors’ Workshop for Academics, Researchers and Supervisors of Research

      • Equipping mentors with the tools, practical skills and knowledge required to successfully engage in, and implement, a sustainable mentoring relationship with identified mentees in the workplace
      • An overview of the strategic role of mentorship provision, which is aimed at achieving the goals of research output and academic excellence at higher institutions of learning or at workplaces in both the public and private sector

The Postgraduate’s Development as a Mentee in the Research and Entry-level Academic Context

      • Equipping mentees with the knowledge and practical skills required to meaningfully engage with their mentors in a formally-structured mentoring relationship
      • Enhancing the achievement of the short and longer-term learning goals and career development needs of learners in a caring and secure learning environment within the institution/ workplace
      • The concept of a Personal and Professional Development Contract, focusing on the holistic growth of the individual, both on a personal and a work-related level.  Specific emphasis is directed at enhancing learners’ research skills through a hands-on and practical workplace mentoring relationship with managers and supervisors with relevant experience and expertise

Postgraduate Capacitation workshop (2 days)
The objective of this workshop is to address key topics of relevance to postgraduate students, within a project management framework, so that students are more empowered in completing their postgraduate degrees. These key topics include:

      • How to write grant applications/ funding proposals;
      • How to write a research proposal;
      • Key project management principles in research;
      • Understanding key concepts in research design and methodology;
      • Guidelines in writing a thesis;
      • How to write and publish an academic paper;
      • Tips on how to make poster and oral presentations on your research; and
      • Using our Personal and Professional Development Contract (PDC) to achieve your research-related goals.