Welcome to August!
It’s a good month to be a postgrad student at AUT. We have a huuuuuuge selection of workshops coming up, with a special focus on writing. Check out the August workshops below (including a new workshop on claiming significance in your thesis) or view the full PG workshop catalogue.
So whether you’re looking to upskill, write on the beach, or celebrate PG research, there’s something for you this month. Get amongst it!
|Getting started with writing|
Focuses on strategies to help researchers initially get words on the page and create more structured writing. Participants try freewriting and mapping concepts.
|Monday 1 August|
1 – 3pm
Wednesday 17 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
|Bringing in past research|
Discusses writing strategies and reasons for bringing in past research to support your own arguments. Participants will practice precise language that changes the extent to which you may agree or disagree with the views of others.
|Tuesday 2 August 11am – 1pm|
Tuesday 9 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wednesday 24 August 1pm – 3pm
|Connecting your research|
Explores how writers use language to connect to both past and future research. Participants will have time to analyse examples relevant to them and practice using common language patterns to clearly show readers how new research fits in to the wider field.
|Wednesday 3 August 10am – 12pm|
Thursday 11 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Monday 22 August 1pm – 3pm
|Literature searching for ECM postgraduate research|
This workshop focuses on literature searching using specialist Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences databases such as IEEE Xplore and ACM Digital Library.
|City campus||Wednesday 3 August 2pm – 3:30pm|
|Postgrad students wellness toolkit|
This is one of the monthly sessions available to enable you to build your own “wellness toolkit” to enhance resilience and wellbeing. Face to face and online attendance options are available.
|Online||Wednesday 3 August 2pm – 3:30pm|
Wednesday 17 August 2pm – 3:30pm
|Literature searching for postgraduate research|
This Library workshop will take you through an advanced literature searching process: developing a search strategy, using different search techniques and best practices for recording and managing results. Participants will have a chance to practise and ask questions.
|Online||Thursday 4 August 3pm – 4:30pm|
|Tools for editing your writing|
Introduces ProWritingAid as a tool for editing. Focuses on using statistics to examine draft writing. These statistics are related to choices about paragraph structure, and where to condense your writing or elaborate. Participants will have time to use the tool to edit their own work.
|Thursday 4 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm|
Wednesday 17 August 10am – 12pm
Tuesday 30 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
|Trouble-shoot your thesis formatting|
Specifically designed for starting a chapter of the dissertation/thesis and experiencing problems with formatting etc. Bring your work along and get hands-on assistance.
|City campus||Saturday 6 August 9am – 1pm|
|Thesis writing: Discussions|
An overview of the structure of discussion sections within a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
|Monday 8 August 12pm – 2pm|
Thursday 25 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
|Thesis writing: Introductions|
An overview of the structure of an Introduction section of a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
|City campus||Tuesday 9 August 1pm – 3pm|
|Systematically searching for health literature|
This Library workshop will take you through the literature searching process: developing a search strategy, searching health databases in a systematic way, and best practices for recording and managing results. Participants will have a chance to practise and ask questions.
|Online||Tuesday 9 August 3pm – 4:30pm|
Monday 22 August 5:30pm – 7:30pm
|Using Google Scholar|
This library workshop covers searching Google Scholar using basic and advanced search, exporting to EndNote, and other features. We will discuss the usefulness and limits of the results. The workshop will be helpful for anyone considering including Google Scholar for their literature review.
|Wednesday 10 August 3pm – 4:30pm|
Tuesday 23 August 2pm – 3:30pm
|*NEW* Thesis writing: Claiming significance|
Explores different ways to claim significance for your research and language you can use to make this clear for your reader. Participants will be guided to talk and write about their own research contribution, including what matters and who cares.
|Thursday 11 August 12pm – 2pm|
Wednesday 24 August 10am – 12pm
|EndNote for researchers|
Learn to use EndNote software for storing, organising and citing your research literature. Knowledge of the referencing style you use (e.g. APA) is essential. A Library workshop for postgraduate students and staff members.
|Thursday 11 August 3pm – 4:30pm|
Monday 29 August 12pm – 1:30pm
|Using Scopus database|
This Library workshop focuses on how to search the Scopus database to find literature and also includes finding author profiles and top journals in your subject area.
|Online||Monday 15 August 3pm – 4:30pm|
Tuesday 23 August 2pm – 3:30pm
|SPSS core skills for students|
SPSS is designed to assist researchers in the analysis of quantitative data, and is one of the most user-friendly and popular packages on the market today. This training course will teach participants how to successfully set-up SPSS data files and also run some basic analyses.
|City campus||Tuesday 16 August 9:30pm – 12:30pm|
|From thesis to article|
This workshop will provide insights and work examples of the process involved in writing an article.
|City campus||Wednesday 17 August 10am – 12pm|
|Thesis writing: Literature reviews|
An overview of the structure of literature reviews within a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse, discuss and relate text examples to their own writing. Systematic reviews are not covered.
|City campus||Wednesday 17 August 12pm – 2pm|
Tuesday 30 August 10am – 12pm
|Thesis writing: Conclusions|
An overview of the structure of a Conclusion section of a thesis. Identifies typical functions and distinctive features of this section in relation to the whole research project. Participants analyse and discuss text examples and relate these to their own writing.
|City campus||Friday 19 August 10am – 12pm|
|Ethical principles in the design of your research|
The goal of this workshop is to enable researchers to understand the ethical aspects of researching. This workshop is intended for Pre-EA1, and should be attended before the Fine Tuning your Ethics Application Draft workshop.
|City campus||Tuesday 23 August 10am – 12pm|
|Developing your research proposal for your confirmation of candidature (PGR9)|
Only doctoral students in their provisional admission year should register for this workshop. This session will cover the key elements required for writing your substantive doctoral proposal at AUT: the overall purpose of the research.
|Online||Wednesday 24 August 1pm – 3pm|
|Using Dimensions database|
This workshop provides an overview of the content in Dimensions, the search options for finding publications, and the tools for assessing productivity and academic impact.
|City campus||Monday 29 August 10am – 11:30am|