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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 for September please click here 


 A Festival of Qualitative Research Methodologies 

In collaboration with the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and the Postgraduate School, the Faculty of Humanities invites you to join us for a series of workshops and discussions on Qualitative Research Methodologies. 

Please register your attendance by completing the registration form at

For enquiries, please contact Ms Vanessa Kennedy at 011 559 7530 or email

Click here to view the full invitation


Research Ethics 

Prof Moyra Keane

From 1 February

This mini-course on ethics covers basic ethical principles essential for academics; provides guidance in applying for ethical clearance; engages with policy, plagiarism, and publishing.

It is critical that all researchers are aware of the ethical implication of their work and the work of their students. In all fields of study there are ethical imperatives to take into account. While this course provides a basic introduction to research ethics and integrity, it also raises some of the dilemmas and interesting complexities in research.

Total time commitment 6-8 hours.

The course will be offered on Blackboard

Course Outline 

1. Topics

  • Overview and Ethical Principles
  • Research complexity
  • Covert research -an example of complexity
  • Policy
  • Ethics - Research Applications
  • Integrity & Plagiarism
  • Publishing
  • Resources

2. Time to spend on learning

The total time you need to spend on the course is 6 -8 hours.

3. Intended Outcomes

At the end of this course we intend that participants will be better able to achieve the SAQA outcomes in level descriptors 9 and 10 (Masters and PhD level) for ethics:

  • Ethics level 9

Ethics and professional practice: a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to make autonomous ethical decisions which affect knowledge production, or complex organisational or professional issues, and the ability to critically contribute to the development of ethical standards in a specific context.

  • Ethics level 10

Ethics and professional practice: a learner is able to demonstrate the ability to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate.


    • identify ethical issues relevant to their own work and interests, as well as those of their colleagues and students.
    • Have a sound knowledge of university policies governing ethics in research, including plagiarism policy


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

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.     



Research Proposal Writing – Mr Patrick Healy

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).