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Due to the Corona virus outbreak we will be offering the following workshops online. Please click on the respective links to book your space if you wish to be part of these sessions. The workshops and mini courses will be offered in our Postgraduate Research Capacity Development Blackboard Community CM0283

Should you not be enrolled in our Blackboard community, please follow the steps on the PDF to register - Click here

To view our workshops of April please click here 

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Writing the methodology chapter 

https://forms.gle/7PQKfSrvZ2MUE4S48 

The challenges of writing the methodology chapter of a thesis are frequently underestimated. The methodology chapter has the dual agenda of expecting the candidate to exhibit their knowledge of underlying methodological issues and telling the story of their research process. This workshop offers some assistance with overcoming this challenge by assisting participants with ideas for the production of a coherent chapter. Those attending the workshop should emerge with an outline of their chapter. This workshop emerges from a broadly social science base and may be less useful to those in science and engineering.

The workshop details are as follows:

Date: 13 April 2021

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Facilitator: Prof Marissa Rollnick 

For enquiries, please email the RCD team at Rcdenquiries@uj.ac.za


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Essential MS Office Skills to Report Your Research - Part 1: MS Word

https://forms.gle/taQaSJBqzFAQ6k3c8

Course Purpose

This self-directed mini-course is designed to enhance your use of Microsoft Word when capturing or formatting information for your thesis or dissertation.

By working through the mini-course and completing the activities, you will reach a stage of competence that will allow you to focus solely on your thesis or dissertation's content and organisation.

The course will run from Monday 12 April to Monday 15 November, and will be offered on Blackboard in the community titled POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT (CM0283).

  • Please note that you have to be enrolled in the group that has been created for this mini-course. Follow the link above to enrol. 
  • You should have access to the mini course within three working days of submitting your application.     

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Mini-Course

Research Proposal Writing – Mr Patrick Healy

https://forms.gle/aRGKR6GSUdBgKkcd9

This mini-course runs for 11 weeks and is designed to support you as you draft your research proposal. It is based on the work of Professor Cecile Badenhorst  and comprises a series of materials that outline what goes into a proposal and what each part of the proposal should contain. The course materials introduce ideas and then a series of tasks provide you with the opportunity to apply the insights provided and write your proposal step by step. The majority of the feedback is peer to peer and it is important that you commit to this component of the course.

The course starts on Monday 15 March, and will be offered on Blackboard POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT (CM0283). 

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Engaging with journal article reviewers and journal editors

https://forms.gle/cP865Z2faCaVn1oV8 

The mini course, 'Engaging with journal article reviewers and journal editors' is available now on Blackboard in the Postgraduate Research Capacity Development Community (CM0283). It is aimed at those who have submitted an article to a journal. It will help you to engage productively with the reviewers' responses and, to prepare a well-crafted letter to accompany a revised article if you have been invited to make revisions and to resubmit.

As this is a self-access mini course, it can be started it at any time and completed over a number of days, or weeks.

If you wish to join, then please click on the link above to complete the Google form.

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The journal article submission and review process 

https://forms.gle/RiL8UU6N4VmM4S1F9 

The mini course, 'The journal article submission and review process' is available now on Blackboard. It is aimed at those who have a completed journal article ready to send to a journal. It will inform you about the processes of submitting and reviewing journal articles, the kinds of questions reviewers are likely to ask about the article when deciding if it is worth publishing, and how to give yourself the best possible chance of having your article accepted.


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Drafting a Research Article (Writing for Publication)

https://forms.gle/EHRsKBxyaprCtXFFA

This self-access mini course is the second part of the five-part series focused on writing for publication, aimed at those in the final stages of their research. It will guide participants to: write an authoritative introduction; choose appropriate literature and use it effectively; write a succinct, but sufficiently detailed methods section; and structure an article coherently. It also introduces strategies for managing writer's block. It is recommended that you do course 1 (Getting started as a scholarly writer) before booking for this course. 

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.

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Getting Started as a Scholarly Writer (Writing for Publication) 

https://forms.gle/4uBo8U1aRwwzuixL7 

This self-access mini course is the first of a five-part course series focused on writing for publication for postgraduate researchers who are new to the process of planning and writing articles for publication in academic journals. It is most suitable for those who are in the final stages of their research. It aims to provide an enhanced understanding of scholarly identity and guides participants in the identification of appropriate journals and the development of the article title and draft abstract.

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.

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Crafting an article (Writing for Publication)

https://forms.gle/t2vfEGML2yUTNxwZA

'Crafting an article' is available now on Blackboard. This Mini course is most suitable for those who have already written a draft of a research article, or who have completed the previous two mini courses in the writing for publication series. It provides guidance on refining the argument, ensuring overall coherence, incorporating visual elements, strengthening the conclusion, and editing and proofreading.

Please note that this is a self-access course, which you can do in your own time. Commentary instead of individualised feedback is provided on activities.