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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


Follow-up Q Method (intensive workshop part 2)

Q method is a thorough but playful interview technique which greatly assists in stimulating informants to speak about their points of view. It consists of respondents rank-ordering cards, which helps to make their subjective views comparable. It can be used in combination with quantitative or mixed method approaches as well as qualitative and reflexive studies. Many participatory projects have benefited from data collection using Q, as only a relatively small number of respondents is needed to gain insight in social perspectives present in the research population. After following the introduction to Q method, this follow-up teaches participants to analyse the data from the Q sorts and accompanying interview, and how to formulate social perspectives.

Learning objectives

  • Participants will learn how to use the free software PQmethod and undertake the statistical operations as well as qualitative interpretations of their results
  • Participants will learn the principles behind hand rotating factors to come to optimal solutions
  • Participants will learn how to describe social perspectives running through a population and what these social perspectives entail
  • Where appropriate, participants will receive individualised advice with regard to the set-up and execution of a Q study in their specific research situations

Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Facilitator: Dr Vanessa Wijngaarden


Research Ethics Part 2 - Whose ethics?

This Ethics workshop follows on from Ethics Part 1.

In Ethics Part 2 we extend our consideration of ethical issues. Having discussed research ethics protocols we consider interesting cases and dilemmas historically, internationally and in our own disciplinary contexts.

Calls for transformation, and research into 'Decolonisation' in Higher Education, extend across structures, spaces, language, curriculum, content, pedagogy and research, and may influence how we view research ethics. In this session we consider ethics more broadly than in Ethics 1  and discuss moral dilemmas, environmental ethics, and ethics in indigenous cultures.

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Time: 10:00 to 12:00

Facilitator: Professor Moyra Keane


Turnitin for Postgraduate Students

This workshop is aimed at fostering an understanding of the Turnitin software programme. The clearer your understanding of the programme the more effectively you can use it and to this end, the workshop will show you how to submit to Turnitin and how to interpret the feedback from Turnitin. It will also afford offer suggestions around how you can work with this software.

  • Submitting a Turnitin assignment
  • Access and reading feedback comments from a Turnitin assignment
  • Downloading Turnitin assignment and accessing Turnitin report
  • Viewing your Turnitin report
  • Suggestions on submitting a Thesis or dissertation on Turnitin

Date: 4 June 2020

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Facilitator: Ms Julia Mogotsi-Mabulele


Drafting a Research Article (Writing for Publication)

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.


Getting Started as a Scholarly Writer (Writing for Publication) 

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.


Writing NRF Funding Applications 

This online mini course is aimed at young postgraduates with strong academic backgrounds who can commit to full time study in 2021. It guides participants through the intricacies of the NRF application system, and offers general advice on writing funding proposals, though its main focus is on the NRF call. The success of this on-line workshop will depend greatly on participation in, and contribution to, the activities provided in the form of on-line discussion forums. The second round of this online workshop will commence on 1 June and continue for the next four weeks.

The mini course is open to:  

  • Full time students
  • Master's student of 30 years and younger and
  • PhD candidates 33 years and younger
  • Next intake starts 01 June 2020

Facilitator: Professor Marissa Rollnick


Research Proposal Writing 

This mini course is aimed at master's students and doctoral candidates who are working on research proposals. 

Spread over a seven-week period, the course aims to support participants to write a first draft of the proposal, which can then be submitted to the supervisor/s for further input and refinement. It offers a structured approach with feedback on writing submitted from both peers and a supportive critical reader.

  • Next intake starts 01 June 2020

Facilitator: Mrs Loren Townshend


Videos and other resources are available for the following workshops:

Please view these on our Postgraduate Research Capacity Community on Blackboard (CM0283)

Using ATLAS.ti for Mobile

Dr Vanessa Wijngaarden

Date of workshop: 15 April 2020


Using ATLAS.ti for Cloud

Dr Vanessa Wijngaarden

Date of workshop: 16 April 2020


Synthesis in the Literature Review

Dr Zachary Simpson

Date of workshop: 23 April 2020