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Research Effectiveness

Time Management: Boosting your Productivity

Tutor: Dr Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Mode of Delivery: Adobe Connect
Maximum Course Capacity: 200

Managing time successfully will enable you to become more efficient and effective in completing tasks and reducing stress and anxiety.  As part of this webinar you will learn how to schedule and prioritise tasks and manage procrastination and distractions.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify your time management issues and apply appropriate solutions
  • Create schedules with SMART objectives
  • Assess and prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency
  • Employ techniques to manage procrastination and distractions

Dates

  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 22 April 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 06 May 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 08 June 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams

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Creative Thinking: Thinking Outside of the Box

Tutors: Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Mode of Delivery: Adobe Connect
Maximum Course Capacity: 200

Creative thinking is something which everyone possesses.  However, sometimes it is difficult to think creatively when you are so focused in trying to complete a task. To overcome this, we can try different approaches to tackling a problem or generating new ideas.  In this webinar you will learn how you can use different tools and techniques to solve problems and generate ideas. 

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify attributes of creative people and what you can do to be more creative
  • Recognise beliefs/behaviours/environments that can block creativity 
  • Identify approaches to overcome your creative block
  • Employ different creative tools/techniques to generate ideas and solve problems

Dates

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 12 May, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 16 June, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams

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Critical Thinking

Tutor: Dr Elena Forasacco
Course Level: Level 2

Mode of Delivery: MS Teams
Maximum Course Capacity: 40

Critical thinking involves a wide range of competencies and attitudes including being analytical and evaluative. In this blended course you will identify and discuss techniques to enhance your critical thinking, critical reading and critical writing.

This blended course has pre-course activities to complete in your own time and course activities to engage with during the live course.

Pre-course activities (duration about 1h) will prepare you for the live session: you will have 2 short videos to watch, which will provide you with some reflective strategies to enhance your critical thinking, critical reading and critical writing. You will also need to select an interesting journal article and write a short summary (max 300 words).

During the live course you will discuss strategies to be critical with other students and you will work in small groups to give/receive peer-feedback on your short summary.

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

On completion of this 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

  • Wednesday 26 May 2021, 13:30-15:00, Microsoft Teams

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Managing your Research Project using the Agile Approach

Tutors: Helal Ahmed
Course Level: Level 1

Mode of Delivery: MS Teams
Maximum Course Capacity: 200

Research project planning requires a flexible approach to adapt to early research outcomes. Agile project management techniques can be applied to manage executing deliverables in an incremental manner. This blended course allows students to apply the agile project management approach to break down their project into manageable tasks, analyse and prioritise deliverables, and successfully complete their project on time.  N.B. As part of this blended course students will need to have a research project. 

This course will probably not suit students from the Department of Computing who already have Agile technology in place to support their project development.

This blended course requires you to watch a video and complete activities before the live course.  In the live session, we will discuss the usefulness of the Agile approach in managing your research project.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise key components in Agile project management
  • Apply the Work Breakdown Structure method to plan your research project
  • Analyse and prioritise deliverables using the MoSCoW method
  • Use the Agile approach to review and complete tasks on time

Dates

  • Wednesday 07 April 2021, 14:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021, 14:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 23 June 2021, 14:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams

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Research Ethics for Masters Students

Tutor: Mr Greg Artus
Course LevelLevel 1
Mode of Delivery: Adobe Connect
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

The session will be discussion based, and you will be encouraged to express your views and explore your work through the issues we discuss. It will explore the moral pitfalls, implications and obligations of scientific research. Within scientific research there are many questions surrounding scientific misconduct, such as fraud and plagiarism, which are a minefield for researchers to navigate.  The number of fraud cases and major retractions in academic journals has risen dramatically in recent years, so we will ask why this is so, why people do it and how to avoid it. We will also look at the place of science within the community of which it is a part, asking questions such as whether pure researchers have any obligation to think about the moral implications of how their work may be applied in practice, or whether science as a whole is bound by any moral obligations to society. The overall aim of the session will be to give you a basic understanding of the moral structure of the scientific world, with a view to arming you with some of the critical tools you will need when faced with difficult moral choices during your career.

This course will help you:

  • Clearly define what counts as scientific fraud in its various forms
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between the demands of professional research and the motivation to commit fraud
  • Describe the moral structure of the world of scientific research, in terms of the web of obligations within which researchers have to work.
  • Evaluate the moral structure of specific dilemmas you may encounter during your research career
  • Recognise some basic distinctions between differing approaches and theories of ethics, such as consequentialist, duty-based, virtue based or care ethics.

Dates

  • Friday 21 May 2021, 13:00-16:00, Zoom

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Research Skills & Reference Management

Tutors: Ann Brew & Coco Nijhoff (Library Services)
Course Level: Level 1
Mode of Delivery: MS Teams
Maximum Course Capacity: 40

Research skills are a key skill to develop throughout your studies. You will be expected to use a variety of search tools during the research process. This course will introduce key research tools including bibliographic databases, web-based information, books and journal articles. This course will highlight the importance of building up an effective search strategy to find the best quality information and how you manage the results using reference management software. 

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of using research tools
  • Identify how to find key research tools in your subject area
  • Employ search strategies in various search tools
  • Evaluation of the quality of research resources you find
  • Develop an understanding of the key reference management tools available 

Dates

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021, 13:00-14:30, Microsoft Teams -  FULLY BOOKED, waiting list spaces available

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