EDUC 7055 - Research Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course focuses on developing the student's written and spoken English skills with regard to research genres in their specific disciplines.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7055
    Course Research Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 1 x 1.5 hour lecture per week, 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
    Course Description This course focuses on developing the student's written and spoken English skills with regard to research genres in their specific disciplines.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Picard

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Picard

    Phone: 08 8313 3957/ 08 8313 0855


    Campus: North Terrace

    Rooms: Nexus 10, Smarte Room (level 8)

    Office hours for course: Room 11:7, Nexus 10, 2:00 – 4:00 Wednesdays
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Communicate verbally as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.

    2. Communicate in writing as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.

    3. Apply argument structure and appropriate academic critique in a variety of spoken and written genres.

    4. Communicate in accordance with the conventions of their discipline, using appropriate grammatical structures and vocabulary.

    5. Produce appropriate ethics documentation that demonstrates an awareness of ethical and social issues in the Australian research environment.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3,4,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no textbook for this course. Rather students will be required to read selected literature and notes on key communication issues covered in the course and disciplinary texts as appropriate.
    Recommended Resources

    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
    Online Learning

    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The course is built around a series of lectures/workshops covering the fundamental research communication issues. These are complemented by seminars providing practice in written and spoken communication contexts. Related assignments are designed to consolidate the learning of key principles and development of communication skills.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

     1 x ½ hour lecture per week (x12) = 18 hours 
    1 x 1 ½ hour seminar per week (x12) = 18 hours 
    1x 4 hour reading per week (x12) =  48 hours 
    4+x Graded editing tasks  =  12 hours 
    1 x Discipline-specific corpus and reflection (x1) = 20 hours 
    4 x Research documents for different audiences = 40 hours 
    Total = 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    1: 5 March
    Reading and note-taking for researchers  (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Diagnostic exercise and communication in cross-cultural settings including academic & disciplinary cultures
    (28 February – MPhils, Online: remainder of class)

    Homework for next week: Bring along a disciplinary/ topic focussed text for note-taking. 
    2: 12 March
     Taking a critical approach to the Scholarship in the Field  (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Application of macro-reading skills to disciplinary texts and genres. Development of set of notes. Talk about abstracts (1:00 – 2:00)

    Homework: Write a summary/abstract for the article. 
    3: 19 March
    Reviewing literature (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)
    Voice exercise based on diagnostic. Developing tables/ mindmaps of literature in a field. (1:00 – 2:00)

    Hand-in abstract, develop a mind-map or table on 5+ articles on a topic. 
    4: 26 March 
    Appropriate Citation and avoiding plagiarism (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Responding to feedback on abstracts, learning about acceptable intertextuality (1:00 – 2:00)

    Work on speaking practice reading disciplinary texts aloud and summarising their content verbally in a coherent fashion.
    5: 2 April

    Presenting a seminar in your discipline (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Effective Powerpoint design (1:00 – 2:00)

    Design Powerpoint in pairs based on a disciplinary article or topic using the University templates. 
    6: 30 April

    Pronunciation for researchers (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)
    Present 5 slide presentation and receive feedback on pronunciation and intonation (1:00 – 2:00)

    Study Sound scripting of presentation scripts. 
    7: 7 May

    Research Proposals and other Research Genres (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Detailed exploration of research genres: popular media article, ethics proposal, review article, research article and research proposal.
    (1:00 – 2:00)

    Listen to public lecture and take notes, work on writing it up as a popular media article. 
    8: 14 May

    Listening in Research Contexts (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)
    Academic lecture note-taking strategies practiced. (1:00 – 2:00)
    Work on popular media article for hand in next week.
    9: 21 May

    Grammar for researchers (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    More detailed work on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity. (1:00 – 2:00)

    Study for test on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity, complete practice exercises.

    10: 28 May

    Readability in research documents 16 October (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Write a test on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity, exercises and input on tense, articles and collocation. (1:00 – 2:00)

    Study for test on tense, articles and collocation. 
    11: 4 June

    Editing and self-editing in research documents 23 (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Test on tense, articles and collocation. Work on using a variety of strategies to enhance language learning and reporting on these in language learning log. Revision of ethics application genres (1:00 – 2:00)

    Prepare for test on readability and work on ethics application. 
    12: 11 June

    Being supervised/ working with people in research environments  (11:00 – 1:00 Room 2:17)

    Readability exercise/test and effective academic posters

    Work on poster and ethics application task 
    13: 18 June

    Preparation for assessment, work through example questions

    Editing exercise/test. Agreement and other language issues revision.

    Hand in poster, ethics application and all assessment by the end of this week.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Note that attendance at seminars is compulsory. 
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group work is part of every seminar. Each student conducts research into their disciplinary language conventions - thus the course also has a distinctive 'discovery' component.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    1. Discipline-specific language tool log and reflection

    Task description: Creation of a language tool log, weekly reflections and discussions on vocabulary, and other skills development and a 1000 word reflective essay on language use in their discipline 
    Type of assessment: Formative & Summative) 
    Dates of submission: Blogs: Week 2 onwards, Reflective essay handed in Week 13
    Percentage of grade: 30%
    Objectives: 1,3,4,5

    2. Graded editing tasks

    Task description: Discipline-specific editing tasks
    Type of assessment: Formative & Summative)
    Including tasks on tense, articles, voice, sentence structure/ word form, readability and self-editing
    Dates of submission: Weeks 8-13
    Percentage of grade: 20%
    Objectives: 2,3,4,5
    3. Research communication portfolio

    Task description: Written/ oral tasks for differe different research contexts
     E.g. abstract, media article, poster, powerpoint, seminar notes, ethics document.
     Dates of submission: Weeks 3-13 (Completed in week 12)
    Percentage of grade: 50%
    Objectives: 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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