Research Fundamentals for Confirmed HDR Candidates

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Research Fundamentals for Confirmed HDR Candidates


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Day one — Monday 31 October (LT5), 9am–5pm

9am-9.30am: Arrival, registration and introduction

Dr Colin Solomon

  • Introduction to program structure
  • Reminder about other Research Essentials sessions and resources
  • Research Conduct & Governance
    • Intellectual Property
    • Ownership of data
    • Authorship
9.30-10am: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

10-11am: Strategies for Thesis Completion

Professor Gary Crew

  • Motivation
  • Managing the Supervisor
  • Keeping the literature review up-to-date while you collect your data/conduct your studies
  • When to stop collecting (avoiding the trap of "just one more study)
  • Thesis Examiners
11-11.30am: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

11.30-1.45pm: Preparing for Submission and Examination

Break into faculty and school groups to learn about their requirements.

  • What should my thesis look like?
  • What does the examination process consist of?
  • What are examiners looking for in a good thesis?
  • Go through presentation guidelines, examination rules, examiner as audience.
  • Hear from recently completed HDR candidates about their experience of examination and period of revisions.

School of Education, Associate Professor Deborah Heck in EG.22

School of Health and Sport Sciences and School of Science and Engineering, Dr David McMillan  (LT6)

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

Faculty of Arts and Business, Associate Professor Don Kerr (LT5)

1.45pm-2pm: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

2pm-3pm: Data Management

Beth Crawter, Coordinator, Information and Research Services

  • Research Data Management
  • Backing up
  • Electronic storage space
  • Managing risk
3pm-5pm: Editing, Proof Reading and Peer-Review

Irene O'Leary, Student Services and Engagement

This session is designed to promote discussion on the role of editing in the production of a research thesis or publication. Matters to be considered include examiner and journal editor expectations; strategies for editing; using brokers such as academic skills advisers or professional proof readers.

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Day two — Tuesday 1 November (LT5), 9am-3.30pm

9am-10.30am: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis

Dr Peter Innes

Knowledge and capacity in quantitative data analysis is as deep as it is wide in crossing disciplinary boundaries.

The aim of this session is to ambitiously demonstrate a range of different statistical tests and techniques in order to build recognition of potential useful avenues for pursuing specific data analysis approaches. Key research questions, matched to the data and analyses, are used to help show the differences in choices in selecting statistical techniques below.

The main pathways are first discussed into exploratory and explanatory techniques.

10.30am-11.00am: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

11am-12.30pm: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

Dr Sue Nielsen, Consultant in qualitative research design, data collection, and analysis and research reporting, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems, Griffith University.

  • Major approaches to qualitative data collection and analysis
  • How to sample and manage qualitative data
  • Data analysis - the analysis of meaning in context.
  • Approaches to coding
  • Writing up qualitative data analysis.
12.30-1.30pm: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

1.30pm-3.30pm: Funding for Research

Professor Abigail Elizur and Professor Peter Timms

  • Finding Funding Opportunities (Research Professional)
  • Writing grant applications
  • Managing research funds

Day three — Wednesday 2 November (LT5), 9am-2.30pm

9am-11am: Research Communication: Publish or Perish? An editor's perspective

Professor Richard Burns

  • The changing world of academic publishing
  • Why publish?
  • Writing papers is not easy
  • All authors share responsibility
  • What editors and reviewers look for
  • What authors look for
  • Impact factors
  • How to respond to editors and reviewers
11-11.30am: break

Take a break at one of the campus cafes.

11.30am-1pm: Research Careers Panel Discussion

Panel members:

Professor Tim Smith, Director, Sustainability Research Centre

Dr Adrian McCallum, Lecturer, Geotechnical Engineering

Dr Marc Broadbent, Senior Lecturer, Nursing

Meet a panel of successful researchers and discuss the variety of research careers within:

  • Academia
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Industry
  • Networking for researchers
1-2.30pm Networking lunch (Business Conference Room K-G.07)

Take the opportunity to ask our panel members your questions one-on-one

  • Celebrate completion of Research Fundamentals for Confirmed Candidates!
  • Network with your fellow HDR colleagues
  • Closing remarks from the HDR Office:
    • Reminder about Research Essentials
    • Milestones coming up
    • Online feedback

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