Research Communication Professional Development Courses

Critical Thinking for Communication

Tutors: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 3
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 30

Critical thinking is naturally enhanced with experience and increased knowledge in a subject area. This blended course will support you to understand how you can improve your critical thinking through group discussions and activities.

This blended course includes pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration: about 1h) include a video to watch and a short task, which will help you to enhance and practice your critical thinking and critical writing in preparation for group discussions.

During the live course you will discuss in groups the pre-course activity to further improve your critical thinking and to give/receive peer-feedback.

Note: The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live course to allow the completion of pre-course activities.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Define the meaning of “critical thinking”
  • Identify techniques to critique when reading
  • Employ strategies to demonstrate critique when writing
  • Evaluate your work through self-critique

Dates

  • Tuesday 02 March 2021, 13:30-15:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Grant Applications

Tutors: Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Applying for grants is one of the most important, exciting, challenging and essential aspects in the career of a researcher. In this blended course you will discover how, where and when to search for funding. It will include how to prepare, write, and present an effective grant application. You will learn about the funding panels’ expectations and requirements to help guide you in what to include in the application.

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities. The deadline for registration is 1 week before the live course to allow for completion of pre-course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: The live course (1h30) will support you in clarifying the learning and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of grant writing in scientific career.
  • Recognise the different types and sources of grants.
  • Develop and employ the best approach/strategy to successful grant writing.
  • Help you to decide what to include and exclude in an application.
  • Understand how a panel or referee will assess your grant application

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

 

Literature Review

Tutors: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 30

A literature review gives the background needed to understanding research projects. In this blended course we will analyse some strategies to enhance your expertise in writing a literature review.

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: you will have short videos to watch, which will provide you with information, advice and strategies to prepare an effective literature review. You will need to complete short tasks that will help you to practice strategies and advice from videos, as well as to start structuring your literature review. Note: You can benefit from these simple activities even if you are in your first year, they can support you also with the writing of your ESA and any literature review.

The live course will support you in verifying the learning from the videos, clarifying doubts and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed.

The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live course to allow the completion of pre-course activities.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to,

  • Identify helpful techniques to define the topic of your literature review
  • Recognise keywords useful to your literature search
  • Employ effective techniques for searching for and reading your material
  • Develop your strategy for writing effectively
  • Assess how your literature review benefits your research

Dates

  • Monday 14 December 2020, 14:00-16:00, Microsoft Teams FULLY BOOKED, waiting list places are available
  • Monday 25 January 2021, 09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 24 February 2021, 09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 18 March 2021, 13:30-15:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Publication: BEPS

Tutors: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Please note, this course is for students within the following faculties: Business, Engineering & Physical Sciences Students only.

Publications are important for the development of your research career and recognition of your research.  This blended course will provide guidance on producing a scientific paper and the reviewing process. It will also allow you to practice writing, peer review and to receive feedback.

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities. The deadline for registration is 1 week before the live course to allow for completion of pre-course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: The live course will support you in clarifying the learning and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Assess where best to publish your work.
  • Develop your strategy for producing a publication, from the organisation of the writing to the generation of the final publication and reply to the reviewer comments. 
  • Evaluate what to publish (e.g. what information needs to be shown to establish the validity of your research).
  • Employ techniques to display and interpret data effectively.
  • Judge the quality of your publication and recognise the benefits of reviewer feedback.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

Publication (MLSPD)

Tutors: Dr Paul Seldon
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

Please note, this course is only available for students within the following faculties: Medicine, Life Sciences and Professional Development.

Publications are important for the development of your research career and recognition of your research.  This blended course will provide guidance on producing a scientific paper and the reviewing process. It will also allow you to practice writing, peer review and to receive feedback.

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities. The deadline for registration is 1 week before the live course to allow for completion of pre-course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: The live course (1h30) will support you in clarifying the learning and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Assess where best to publish your work.
  • Develop your strategy for producing a publication, from the organisation of the writing to the generation of the final publication and reply to the reviewer comments.
  • Evaluate what to publish (e.g. what information needs to be shown to establish the validity of your research).
  • Employ techniques to display and interpret data effectively.
  • Judge the quality of your publication and recognise the benefits of reviewer feedback.

Dates

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

A Scientific Approach to Research Communication

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course LevelLevel 1
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 20

In this highly interactive webinar we will explore the characteristics of scientific writing and explore some strategies to enhance your ability to write critically through group discussions and activities. In preparation for this webinar you will be asked to prepare a short abstract of your research project, which will be used during the webinar (duration: about 15 minutes).

Please note: you are required to have a headphone set with microphone to interact with the group (the written chat area will not be used).

On completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a piece of academic writing             
  • Recognise what steps to take to be effective in writing
  • Employ techniques for being effective in writing
  • Assess the quality of your writing

Dates

Thesis

Tutors: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 2
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 30

The thesis communicates results and shows the contribution of a research project to its field. This blended course will support you in the preparation of your thesis following the Imperial College regulations.

This blended course includes pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course: you will receive the credit by participating in all pre-course and course activities.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h30) will prepare you for the live session: you will have short videos to watch, which will provide you with information, advice and strategies to start focussing on your thesis. You will need to complete short tasks to practice strategies from videos such as start structuring your thesis. You can benefit from these simple activities even if you are in your first year, they can support you also with the preparation of your ESA as well as reports.

The live course will support you in verifying the learning from the videos, clarifying doubts and working in small groups to receive/give peer-feedback on the tasks you completed.

Notes:

1. This blended course is open to all doctoral students, from 1st year to final year.
2. The deadline for registration is 2 weeks before the live course to allow the completion of pre-course activities.
3. This course does not cover grammar and the use of software.

On completion of this blended course you will be able to:

  • Identify steps to be effective in writing.
  • Employ writing strategies and creativity.
  • Plan the writing of the thesis and presentation of your research.
  • Develop a personal writing method and scientific writing style.
  • Evaluate the quality of the final product/writing.

Dates

  • Tuesday 15 December 2020, 09:30-13:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 26 January 2021, 09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021, 13:30-15:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021, 09:30-11:30, Microsoft Teams

Please note, Summer term dates will be available to book in due course.

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Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.