Research Fundamentals for Probationary HDR Candidates

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Research Fundamentals for Probationary HDR Candidates

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Day one — Tuesday 27 September, 8.30am–4pm, Lecture Theatre 5 (unless otherwise indicated)

8.30-9am: Arrival and registration
9-9.30am: Introduction

Dr Colin Solomon, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)

  • Introduction to session and summary of other days
  • Remind candidates about other Research Essential sessions and resources
  • Remind candidates to do the HDR Induction
  • Remind candidates to avail themselves of Faculty Librarians, Library workshops on End Note and advanced database searching
  • Research Conduct and Governance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Ownership of data
    • Authorship
  • HDR Experience
9.45-10am: Researcher Networking

Sally Routledge, HDR Administrator, Office of Research

  • Speed-networking activity
    • Develop your networking 'script' 15 minutes
    • Share something about you
    • Ask something about them
  • Work the room:
    • One minute each to introduce yourself, your topic, why you are doing a HDR, where you hope to go at the other end
  • Practice your networking skills using your script over lunch during the break
10-11am: Candidature Management

Dr Peter Grainger

  • The Research Plan
    • Time Management
    • Managing your Supervisor
  • Structure and Writing
  • Bullet-proofing your work
11-11.30am: Break

Grab some lunch at one of the campus cafes and move to the location for your break-out session.

11.30am-1.45pm: Preparing for Confirmation of Candidature

Break out into faculty/school groups for session on Preparing for Confirmation of Candidature:

Faculty of Arts and Business, Associate Professor Don Kerr (Lecture Theatre 5)

School of Education, Associate Professor Deborah Heck (E-G.22)

Schools of Science and Engineering and Health and Sport Sciences Dr David McMillan (Lecture Theatre 6)

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Dr Marc Broadbent (H1.3.49)

  • Hear about the requirements for your faculty/school:
    • When do I present my confirmation seminar?
    • Who will review my confirmation research proposal?
    • What type of feedback will I receive?
    • Will I have the opportunity to revise my research proposal?
  • Hear from recently confirmed HDR Candidates
  • Tips on how to prepare
1.45-2pm: Break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes

2-4pm:Introduction to research methods and design

Professor Merv Hyde

  • Philosophy and Theory of Research
  • Design
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed
4pm: Close for the day

Day two — Wednesday 28 September, 9.00am–5pm (Lecture Theatre 5)

9-10am: Writing a literature review

Dr Fraser Russell

10-12noon: Writing a research proposal

Dr Paul Williams

  • Why researchers write proposals
  • Components of a research proposal including the difference between qualitative and quantitative proposals in different fields of study
  • Sharing challenges and strategies for proposal writing
12-1pm: Lunch break

Take a break at one of the USC cafes on campus

1-2pm: Academic writing

Dr Michael Carey

The objectives of this session are:

  • To explore the nature of appropriate register in dissertation writing
  • To discuss some of the issues commonly encountered with language and organisation in dissertation writing (things examiners like to see and don't like to see)
  • To reflect upon the processes of your own writing
2-3pm: Research Integrity

Mrs Claire Smith-Moloney, Research Ethics Officer

The aim of this session is to ensure that attendees understand the principle and practices of responsible research conduct.

3-3.15pm: Break

Take a break at one of the USC cafes

3.15-5pm: Animal/Human Research Ethics (break out session - choose one)
Animal Research Ethics (Lecture Theatre 5)

Dr Ann Parkinson

The aim of this session is to ensure that attendees understand:

  • Animal ethics values and principles
  • How to apply for animal ethics approval at USC
  • How to manage the animal ethics requirements around an approved project, e.g. annual reports. amendments and adverse incidents

Animal ethics information and resources are available from the USC Portal via Research & Research Training > Research Ethics

Human Research Ethics (Lecture Theatre 6)

Mrs Claire Smith-Moloney, Research Ethics Officer

  • Human research ethics values and principles
  • How to apply for human research ethics approval at USC
  • How to manage a human research ethics approved project

Human research ethics information and resources are available from the USC Portal via Research & Research Training > Research Ethics

5pm: Close for the day

Day three — Thursday 29 September, 9am-3.30pm (Lecture Theatre 5)

9-12noon: Quantitative research methods

Associate Professor Peter Dunn

Why Statistics?

  • Population versus sample; statistical inference as the conduit or ‘go-between’.

When Statistics?

  • Planning: research question, relevant population, experimental design (saving resources), sample size (how many reps), pilot study (what is the variability), refinement of population and/or question if necessary; simulated data (using previous knowledge).
  • During: sequential analysis; if things go wrong – action to preserve research.
  • Analysing: assumptions – alternative analysis.
  • Interpreting and Writing: the ‘buzz’ words.

What Statistics?

  • Before Research: designing the data record sheet, what will be measured and/or recorded, clarifying the variables (derived if necessary), simulated data.
  • Exploratory: basic frequencies, outliers, missing values, trends, variances
  • Inferential: what tests, assumptions violated alternatives, power
  • Interpretation and Presentation: tables, graphs, lateral thinking (are variables answering the research questions?), significance (statistical and meaningful)

Band-Aid Statistics and Tragedies

  • Examples from the fire side
12-1pm: Lunch break

Take a break at one of the cafes on campus

1-3.30pm: Publishing and authorship

Dr Tristan Pearce

This session explores issues relating to publishing in a university context. The session covers:

  • Why publishing is important;
  • Where and what to publish;
  • Pros and cons of publishing in various outlets (journals, books, book chapters, conference papers);
  • The steps to getting published, including the review process and how to respond to reviewers comments; and
  • Explanation of how citations and your 'h-index' are calculated, including tools to locate this information and various industry standards.
3.30pm: Close for the day

Day four — Friday 30 September, 9am-4.30pm (Lecture Theatre 5)

9-12noon: Qualitative research methods (EG.18)

Dr Amanda Henderson

This workshop looks at the reasons for choosing to use qualitative rather than quantitative research and what we can learn from qualitative research. Issues such as generalizability and evaluation are also discussed. Participants are invited to forward an outline of the research questions or objectives for consideration during the workshop.

12-1pm: Break

Take a break at one of the cafes on campus

1-2pm: Research presentation skills

Professor Rod McCulloch 

This workshop will provide HDR candidates with practical advice to assist with the presentations required throughout HDR candidature (confirmation of candidature seminar and final thesis presentation). Topics covered will include:

  • Managing your nerves
  • How to plan and prepare for your presentation
  • Developing your presentation style: keeping it engaging
  • Planning your next presentation (30 mins)
2-2.30pm: Research presentation development 
  • Participants to plan a brief presentation (15-20 minutes preparation time) 
  • Break into groups of 3-4 and present for 3 minutes each. Two minutes for feedback from the rest of the group
2.30-3pm: Break

Take a break at one of the USC cafes on campus

3-4.30pm: Research Presentation Practice

Professor Rod McCulloch 

Break into groups of 3-4 and present for three minutes each, and receive feedback from the rest of the group (two minutes each).

4.30-5pm: Closing remarks

Sally Routledge, HDR Administrator, Office of Research

  • Reminder about other Research Essentials
  • Candidature milestones coming up
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