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Postgraduate Orientation 2016

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Programme 1 - Research Design, 2 March or 5 March 2016: 


Programme 2 - Academic Writing, 7 April or 9 April 2016: 




Thursday 2 MARCH 2016 (9h00 – 16h45)

to be repeated on 5 MARCH 2016


Session One: 09h00 – 10h30

Research Design Workshop 1:

Knowledge, Research Contexts and Questions

This session will look at processes of knowledge production, identifying good research questions, and situating research in context. It will also consider the thesis literature review, and how to conduct a good literature review. The session will help researchers to situate their studies, design good questions and have a good strategy for approaching literature reviewing.


Session Two:  11h00 – 12h30

Research Design Workshop 2:

History and Philosophy of Science

This session will provide a broad orientation to the history and philosophy of science. The purpose will be for postgraduates to situate their research within the wider landscape of research, with emphasis on Research in Africa. The session will help researchers to be more self-conscious regarding their own research practice, orientation, or politics of method, which are often taken for granted.


FINGER LUNCH 12h30 – 13h30


Session Three: 13h30 – 15h00

Research Design Decisions Workshop 3:

Research practices: Working with data, texts, concepts and theory in research

This workshop will focus on data and texts as sources of information in research. It will also focus on concepts and theory, and how to differentiate between conceptual and theoretical frameworks in research, and how to make decisions regarding types of data or research texts to work with. The session will focus on both qualitative and quantitative types of data and will introduce postgraduates to some of the data processing packages that they might consider working with in their studies.


Session Four: 15h15 – 16h45

Research Design Decisions Workshop 4:

Research Quality: Ethics, Quality and Validity in different research designs

This session will explore ethical guidelines for conducting defensible research, and it will also explore features of quality in postgraduate research. Quality criteria are often dependent on the type of research design, the research paradigm being worked with, and the context in which the research is being conducted.


The day workshop will be followed by a Welcome Function for Postgraduate Scholars

17h00 – 18h30




7 APRIL 2016 (9H00 – 16H45)



Session One: 09h00-10h30

Academic Writing Workshop 1:

Understanding the writing process and starting out with generative writing

Writing can be difficult, even for experienced academics, and many scholars find that they need to extend their registration for a degree because of problems with writing up their research. In this session we will examine some of the features of academic writing, and we will explore some practical ways of using generative writing as a strategy for developing academic writing skills.


Session Two: 11h00-12h30

Academic Writing Workshop 2:

Reading and Writing – making sense of literature and how to develop your voice amidst the academic voices of others

This workshop will focus on the process of writing up your work in relation to the written work of others who have produced research texts that influence your field of study. Workshop activities will focus on how to assess written texts in relation to own research focus, context and research question.


FINGER LUNCH 12h30 – 13h30


Session Three: 13h30-15h00

Academic Writing Workshop 3:

Developing arguments and making claims in your study

A third important process in developing academic writing competence is the process of framing your arguments and making claims in your study. This workshop will focus on the process of formulating an argument and making claims.


Session Four: 15h15-16h45

Academic Writing Workshop 4:

Editing and presenting your written work for peer review

A fourth process that is important in developing academic writing competence is ensuring that the manuscript is well edited, proofread and presented in a professional academic style. This workshop will focus on the differences among feedback, editing and proofreading, and will also look at some of the dimensions of presenting academic work in a professional academic style.

The brochure for the programme that includes all the above information can be downloaded by clicking PG Orientation 2016

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