|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer
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Room B710, Level 7, 25 Wally's Walk
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This unit will prepare students for their transition into the second year of the MRES Degree. Through a combination of faculty-level and departmental seminars it will provide students with advanced disciplinary knowledge about research processes, practice and planning, with a particular focus on research writing and communication. Students will be exposed to leading research in their discipline and learn about the mindsets, habits and practices that shape the way researchers communicate knowledge for a range of different outputs and audiences. Through a variety of research-related communication activities students will have the opportunity to demonstrate competence in the application of generic research and communication skills to their area of research, and to produce written material that will provide an ideal foundation for their eventual second-year MRES research project and future academic writing.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
PLEASE NOTE the new Late Assessment Submission Policy, effective from Session 2, 2021:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.
Important Note on Final Marks:
All assessment results will be moderated during the teaching session in accordance with the assessment standards and criteria stipulated in the prescribed task rubrics. The first assessment, which practices communicating research to a general audience, is marked by the Unit Convenor, Dr Kirstin Mills. The Abstract task is marked by the Discipline Lecturers for the unit and moderated by the Unit Convenor. The Research Proposal is marked by the Discipline Lecturers and another member of your Department.
Please see the FOAR7001 iLearn site for the most up to date information about each assessment (including descriptions, marking criteria and due dates).
|Research Pitch||25%||No||23:59 05/09/2021|
|Research Abstract and Biography||25%||No||23:59 04/10/2021|
|Research Proposal||50%||No||23:59 14/11/2021|
Write a brief exploratory overview of the research project you would like to explore for your MRes thesis. This research pitch should be written for a diverse audience including both specialist and non-specialist readers.
Write a 300 word abstract for the research project you would like to explore for your MRes thesis, and an accompanying 100 word (maximum) author biography.
Students will follow appropriate disciplinary requirements to write a formal research proposal for their Year 2 projects.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Lectures in this unit are recorded and made available online. Students should complete each week's lecture, including the embedded writing tasks, before attending the tutorial.
Please see the FOAR7001 iLearn site for a schedule of lectures, tutorials, readings and learning activities.
This Unit is taught with a blend of Faculty and Department-led teaching:
Weeks 1-6 and 11-13 are taught centrally by the Unit Convenor, Dr Kirstin Mills and cover writing and research skills, how to use creative and critical thinking to write, developing a sustainable writing practice, peer-reviewing and more essential communication skills for researchers. You will practice and develop your writing craft through various writing activities both at home and in class.
During weeks 7-10 you will divide into departmental groups during which classes will be led by departmental lecturers. These department-led sessions consolidate the earlier weeks' content and apply it to discipline-specific contexts. You will practice the essential communication skills for your research discipline and further develop your research topics.
Week 1: Writing as a Researcher
Week 2: Developing a Research Question
Week 3: Crafting a Literature Review
Week 4: Academic Writing: Style and Craft I
Week 5: Academic Writing: Style and Craft II
Week 6: Abstracts and Presenting Research
Week 7-10: Discipline-led Weeks (class times may be different)
Week 11: Feedback, Editing and Peer Review
Week 12: Student Peer Review Sessions
Week 13: Research Planning (Preparation for Year 2)
Please see the FOAR7001 iLearn site for a more detailed weekly schedule.
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Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.
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