Workshop: Revisiting Your Structure – 5th July 2018

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Thursday 5th July 2018students at UoE @ 10:00 – 12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work
Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

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Workshop: Proof Reading – 25th June 2018

(PGT) Proof Reading

  • Monday 25th June 2018 @ 09:30-12:30 22

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session.

Pre-course Work
In preparation for the course, each participant should bring a sample of their academic writing, which they would be willing to discuss with the tutor, and (optionally) with other participants (approx.600 words). Please bring 3 copies of your sample work along on the day.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Dissertation Planning & Writing – 14th June 2018

Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 14th June 2018 @ 13:30-16:30

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.istock_000020658968small

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Dissertation Planning & Writing – 31st May 2018

Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 31st May 2018 @ 09:30-12:30

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.istock_000020658968small

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 29th May 2018

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop: Citing sources and creating bibliographies with Endnote Web – 09 May 2018

Endnote Web (Bibliographic Tool) Tutorial (open to UG, PGT, PGR)

  •  09 May 2018

This session is intended for any student who would like to get helpend-note-logo or advice for using the web-based version of Endnote to keep a database of literature sources and create reference lists easily in essays and other written work. Please note that this session is focussed on the web-based version of EndNote and will not cover the desktop version.

*Before* the workshop, you should:

1. register for the web version of EndNote using your UoE identity, so you get additional server space and referencing styles: http://www.docs.is.ed.ac.uk/mvm/EndNote_Web_registration.pdf

2. follow this online tutorial for getting started with the web-based version of Endnote:
https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/HowTowiki/Using+EndNote+Online+to+Manage+your+References

3. Try to use EndNote web before the tutorial – you’ll get more out of the tutorial if you do.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session. Please check the UK time of the session and use the Blackboard collaborate TimeZoneConverter to check the time in your country.

You can check the UK time zone here: https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

 

Workshop: Dissertations for Publication – 1 May 2018

(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

  • Tuesday 1st May 2017 @ 13:30-15:30 UNI 11

More than a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This session will not cover: Referencing and formatting, subject or discipline specifics, proof-reading or editing.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 3rd April 2018

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Tuesday 3rd April 2018 @ 09:30-12:30iStock_000003160236XSmall_leaves

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop: Dissertation Planning & Writing – 26th March 2018

Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Monday 26th March 2018 @ 13:30-16:30

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.istock_000020658968small

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop -Decision Making in Practice – 2 Parts – 26 February and 1 March 2018

(PGT – Online) Decision Making in Practice – Part 1 and Part 2

  • (Part 1) Monday 26th February 2018 @ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)
  • (Part 2) Thursday 1st March 2018 @ 19:00-20:00 (UK Time)

This is a two-part workshop with sessions. Please only book a place if you are able to attend both sessions.

We all make decisions every day. However, that doesn’t mean we all find it easy.  Indeed, the ability to make good decisions may make the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.  What influences our decision making?  What is a good decision?

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

How can we arrive at the best possible decision?   How do we think about risk? During these two online sessions we will address these questions, using a mixture of short interactive lectures interspersed with activities, including one that you will do offline between the sessions, that will allow you to discover what kind of decision-maker you are, and to put your decision making into practice.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • understand the factors—economic, psychological and social—that influence your own decision making and that of others
  • be able to define an important decision and an effective decision
  • be able to use these insights to make more effective personal decisions
  • be able to understand the decisions of others and how you may influence them
  • appreciate how individuals think and decide about risk.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops