Upcoming Workshops 2018

Reasearch Workshops:

Introductory Thesis Writing

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
This course will prepare participants for thesis writing specifically tailored to the specific requirements and styles of thesis writing in USM. This course will look at several features of thesis writing including the formats and referencing styles, and the common weaknesses found in students writing. Special focus is given to the APA style, while other styles are also discussed.

This course will benefit most those who are starting to wirte their thesis and those who wish to deepen their knowledge about APA writing style. Students who wish to know how to format their tables and figures, the preferred spelling to use, the correct usage of punctuations, the writing of citations in-text and reference list, etc., you will find this workshop very useful. Complete ppt notes and appendices on various referencing styles will be provided to participants.

 

 

An Introduction to Statistical Analysis for biology research

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:

 

 

Literature Review and Organizing Search Results Using Endnotes:
Part 1 - Literature Review, The Fun Way

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:

 

 

Managing Your Research Materials

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
Finding information is one thing, but once you have your stack of books and pile of articles keeping it all organized and maximizing the value of the sources is a whole different matter. Students who attend the workshop will leave with tips for narrowing their topics, critical note-taking, keeping track of meaningful relationships between different information sources, and managing their quotes and citations.

 

 

Basic Principles of Design of Experiment

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
The novice researcher is often at a loss when faced with the task of designing an experiment that will produce legitimate, convincing and valid results. Due to limited funding and time researchers should minimize mistakes while conducting an experiment and should be aware of basic principles and considerations that are crucial.

To help researchers have a firm grasp on what is involved in basic experimental design, this
workshop will cover the following aspects:

i. Definition of experimental design
ii. Steps in experimental design
iii. Sampling
iv. Importance of matching and randomization
v. Types of treatment and order of treatment
vi. Variables
vii. Control and replication
viii. Validity and reliability 
ix. Hypothesis testing
x. Alpha level
xi. Common mistakes in a questionnaire 
xii. Examples of design

 

 

Developing Questionnaire for Social Science Research

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
In this session, participants will be introduced to various aspects and concepts that one should know and understand when it comes to developing a reliable and valid questionnaire. The workshop will introduce and guide students to: 1. Identify features of an effective/good questionnaire 2. Develop questionnaire using theories, models and literature 3. Establish the validity of the questionnaire 4. Establish the reliability of the questionnaire.

 

 

Introduction to Research Methodology

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
Synopsis:  a) Quantitative Research Methodology
b) Qualitative Research Methodology
c) Mixed Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology)

 

 

Stress Management

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:

All people suffer from stress at SOME point in their lives, and stress related experiences may be a daily routine to many. This is especially true for those finding themselves living, studying, and working in a highly pressured and competitive environment. Altough some stress is good, too much of stress can be detrimental on work and home life. All too often we can be caught up in a cycle of stress related circumstances, which may leave one feeling tired, unhappy and unproductive. The aim of this workshop is to provide the skills and techniques to help you torecognize the signs, symptoms and inducers of stress
• better manage your stress
• change your perspective on your work-life balance
• Relax and recover

 

 

Research Topics and Aims

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
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Research Proposal Writing

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
This workshop answers, among others, the following core questions concerning research:
1. What is a real-world problem?
2. What is a research problem?
3. How do I state the problem?
This workshop also guides postgraduates on the fundamentals of scientific writing. The following two questions drive a host of concerns. 1. What do I need to write in a research proposal? 2. How do I write a research proposal? To produce a good proposal, postgraduates need to not only know the what and the how of proposal writing but also the correct method for approaching research.

 

 

 

Workshop on Academic Research Writing from A to Z

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
This workshop is divided into three main parts. The goal of Part One is to make postgraduates aware of certain elements in academic research writing such as the use of tenses throughout the whole research process and sentence types. This workshop also highlights some needful linguistic structures to consider, and some common errors to avoid. Finally, this part provides some helpful guidelines as well.

Part Two is complementary to Part One. It focuses on the construction and organization of a proposal, research article and thesis in general. It explains how to search for information and take notes and develop them into sentences. It also explains what to include in each chapter and how to present the findings and discuss them. It also gives some information on grammatical rules in writing a manuscript.

Part Three is complementary to Part Two. It highlights some problems and solutions in research proposal and thesis writing. It provides three key styles in writing research. It also provides some samples of proofreading, editing, and reviewing to make the students aware of the nature of this process. It touches on quotation and paraphrase writing to help students avoid plagiarism. It also sheds light on the viva voce atmosphere. Some guidelines and pieces of advice are also provided.

P.S:
1. In the end of each part, there will be a Question and Answer session.
2. Each part takes around 2 hours.
3. To bring along your laptop together with your work-in-progress and dictionary (if any)
4. Postgraduates of different levels from Schools of Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts can attend this workshop.
5. Language used is English. 

 

 

How to Write a Successful Research Grant Proposal

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:

 

 

 

Literature Review

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
Literature review is an important chapter in a thesis that reflects the throughness of the thesis. It should be an in-depth chapter that is written creatively, critically, analytically and meaningfully. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to the various aspects of literature review. Participants will be shown examples of a well-written literature review and they will carry out an analysis of the examples

 

 

Strategies for Success in PhD

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
What are the some strategies for success in PhD? I think this is one most common question raised by many postgraduates. The goal of PhD education in every University is clear: to produce PhD candidates who are able to make substantial contributions in their related fields. The question is how to help our PhD candidates to get there and to achieve the goal? Most PhD candidates find themselves asking the questions “I have followed advices from supervisors and why am I still stuck in the middle? What do I need to do to now? What else can I do to complete PhD on time?” In this workshop, you will discover ways and good strategies to help you continue your learning journey and to achieve your goal.

 

 

Writing Journal : Fear Factor and Impact Factor

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:

 

 

 

Nvivo 10 – qualitative data analysis

Starts: 19 Feb 2018 12:00 PM

Finishes: 19 Feb 2018 1:00 PM
Venue: Building 21C, Room 216
Remaining places: 0
Scope and Topics:
This course will provide the participants hands-on experience of how to analyze and manage unstructured qualitative data using simple and dynamic software. Showing step by step how different types of data can be analyzed and explored to develop theories. 
Course Length: 2 days   (Basic level – 1 day and Advance level – 1 day)
Basic Level:
•             What is Qualitative data?
•             How to analyze qualitative data?
o             Manually
o             Using software such as NVivo
•             How to use NVivo?
o             Preparing your research data
o             Importing multiple types of data into NVivo
o             Creating nodes to organize your data
o             Linking your data through simple coding
Advance Level:
•             Advance use of NVivo
o             Innovating ways of auto-coding
o             Relating your data with research objects by creating attributes and cases
o             Connecting your data by creating relationship
o             Exploring your data by making different kinds of queries
o             Developing theory by creating model.
Link to download NVivo
http://www.qsrinternational.com/products_free-trial-software.aspx
Please register and download the programme before the workshop. It is a 30 days' trial, so don't
download too early, best two days earlier