Core Writing Skills Programme for Doctoral Students

8 Aug 2018
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Video-linked teaching rooms on each campus
12 Sep 2018
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Video-linked teaching rooms
10 Oct 2018
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Video-linked teaching rooms
14 Nov 2018
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Video Linked Teaching Rooms
12 Dec 2018
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Video Linked Teaching Rooms

This popular series of workshops has been specially designed to support the writing development of higher research degree candidates at Massey University.

The workshops are presented and facilitated by learning consultants from the Centre for Teaching and Learning who are experienced in supporting doctoral students through each stage of their writing process.

Workshops take place in the video-linked teaching rooms on each campus:

Albany AT4 | Palmerston North GLB1.14 | Wellington 5C17.

Please register in advance, as places are limited.

You can register for the Writing Skills Workshops by:

  • Signing into Stream using your student id/password https://stream.massey.ac.nz/login/index.php
  • Select Doctoral Community
  • Go to the development calendar (top right) or catalogue (below the diagram) and choose the workshop you would like to attend (see list below)
  • Then select the campus you would like to attend

You will not receive a registration notification but a reminder will be sent closer to the date.

The core writing skills programme is part of the Researcher Development programme (http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/research/researcher-development/postgraduate-research-student.cfm). This programme of events and resources is intended for doctoral students, so the focus of the workshops is on students writing doctoral dissertations.

If other students are interested in attending any of the workshops, they are welcome to attend (however registration is limited to PhD students).

March 14 PhD Confirmation: Completing the process and writing the report

• Review of PhD confirmation process

• Introduction to key documents and guidelines

• Analysis of structure and style of the written report

April 11 Setting and achieving your PhD writing goals

• Explore, Discover, Contribute

• Set SMART writing goals

• Just write and build momentum

• Repeat, repeat, repeat

May 9 Presenting your PhD research

• Maximising the impact of slides

• Communicating clearly through voice and gesture

• Do’s and don’ts of 3MT / Pecha Kucha presentations

June 13 Setting up and managing your own PhD writing groups

• Purpose and benefits of student-run PhD writing groups

• Using F2F and online channels for writing groups

• Do’s and don’ts of sustaining mutually-supportive and productive writing groups

July 11 Improving your PhD thesis writing style

• Mastering the 3 C’s: Clarity, conciseness, & coherence in your thesis writing

• Interpreting and responding to supervisor feedback on thesis writing style

Aug 8 Workshop 1 based on PhD student queries

• Workshop content will be developed based on feedback, queries and requests from PhD students during the first half of 2018

Sept 12 Writing results and discussion chapters of quantitative research based theses

• Overall chapter structure

• Commenting on numerical data in tables and figures

• Critical discussion of results in relation to hypotheses and existing research

October 10 Writing results and discussion chapters of qualitative research based theses

• Options for chapter structure: integrated or separate

• Quoting and summarising from data

• Critical discussion of evidence in relation to chosen methodological approach and existing research

Nov 14 Editing your PhD thesis

•Managing the revision process

• Key issues to focus on during editing

• Guides, tools & support for thesis editing

Dec 12 Workshop 2 based on PhD student queries

• Workshop content will be developed based on feedback, queries and requests from PhD students during the first half of 2018

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