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GRS Workshops

The Graduate Education Officers offer a range of workshops, repeated throughout the year.

  1. Research Skills
  2. Academic Writing
  3. Communication Skills
  4. NVivo and MS Word Software Support

Research Skills

  • Foundations of Research: Explores fundamental aspects in the development of a UWA research project. It also familiarises you with the processes and expectations associated with Higher Degree by Research programs, identifies a range of support mechanisms available to you, and provides guidance in the development of research skills critical to both your research project and career aspirations.
  • Reading Strategies and Literature Reviews: An important element of thesis writing that is often not given enough attention is the finding, reading, managing and reviewing of the published literature. This workshop introduces you to the skills and strategies to craft a high-quality literature review. Separate workshops are offered for HASS and STEM students.
  • Research Productivity: Explore how to improve your research productivity, including time management tools, ways of promoting writing efficiency and career planning strategies.

Academic Writing

  • Writing your Research Proposal: A well formulated Research Proposal provides a solid foundation for your research and sets the stage for successful and timely completion. This workshop introduces you to the task of writing an effective and comprehensively planned UWA Research Proposal and better understand what is involved in the review process.
  • Thesis Writing: Explore the wide range of ways that you can structure your thesis and understand what examiners expect of a quality thesis.
  • Writing a Journal Article: Explore how you can prepare and submit an IMRAD structured journal paper. IMRAD stands for Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion.

Workshops for students enrolled in the Sciences and Applied Sciences

  • Introduction to Academic Writing: Explore best writing practices, focussing firstly on drafting text to develop your understanding as a writer and secondly on editing text to communicate effectively with your reader.
  • Advanced Academic Writing: Improve your academic writing skills by considering tense, punctuation, transitions, parallelism, voice, typography, hedging and other style elements.

Workshops for students enrolled in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

  • Editing Techniques
  • Drafting Techniques
  • Writing Abstracts, Introductions & Conclusions

Research Communication

  • Conference presentations: Explore the four stages of an effective presentation: planning, preparation, practice and performance.
  • Conference posters: Posters are a valuable tool for presenting research. Explore how to develop your poster message, design and produce an effective poster, and present your poster to a broad audience.

Software Support

  • Introduction to NVivo: Introduces the fundamentals of Nvivo, a popular qualitative data analysis software. Learn how to create a project, upload and code data, and visually represent the coded text. This is a hands-on workshop where you can work with your own data.
  • Thesis Writing using MS Word: A hands-on workshop that explores the functions of MS Word that may be useful for you when writing your thesis.