EDUC 7055 - Research Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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: Richard Warner

    Phone: 08 8313 6038


    Lecturer: Dr Julia Miller

    Phone: 08 8313 4721


    Campus: North Terrace

    Office hours for course: Tuesdays 9 am - 12 pm
    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

    Week 1: 3 March Diagnostic Exercise only lecture, no seminar this week.
    Assessment of reading, writing and citation. Induction into course and assessment requirements.

    Homework for next week: Bring along a disciplinary/ topic focussed research article for note-taking.

    Week 2: 10 March Reading and note-taking for researchers  
    Lecture: Reading and Notetaking for researchers
    Seminar: Exercise on citation, taking notes from a disciplinary research article
    Homework: Take a set of referenced notes on an additional research article and bring article and notes to class
    Week 3: 17 March Taking a critical approach to the Scholarship in the Field  
    Lecture: Taking a critical approach to the scholarship of the field
    Seminar: Abstracts as a research genre, identifying 'critical information' from notes  
    Homework: Write a summary/abstract for the article you took notes on for homework 
    Week 4: 24 March Reviewing literature 
    Lecture: Reviewing literature
    Seminar: Unpacking introductions to research proposals and research articles 
    Homework: Develop a mind-map or table on 5+ articles on a topic.

    Week 5: 31st of March Appropriate Citation and avoiding plagiarism
    Lecture: Appropriate Citation and avoiding plagiarism
    Seminar: Responding to feedback on abstracts, learning about acceptable intertextuality 
    Work on speaking practice reading disciplinary texts aloud and summarising their content verbally in a coherent fashion.
    Week 6: 7 April Presenting a seminar in your discipline 
    Lecture: Presenting a seminar in your discipline
    Seminar: Effective Powerpoint design 
    Homework: Design Powerpoint introductory 5 slides maximum for an article or your project using the University templates. 
    Week 7: 28 April Research Genres
    Lecture: Research Genres
    Seminar: Detailed exploration of research genres: popular media article, ethics proposal, review article, and research article
    Homework: Prepare research article introduction and popular media article on the same topic.
    Week 8: 5 May Research Proposals 
    Lecture: Research Proposals
    Seminar: Pronunication for researchers
    Homework: Study Sound scripting of presentation scripts. 
    Week 9: 12 May Language for Researchers
    Lecture: Language for researchers
    Seminar: Corpora and concordancing & developing a language learning log.
    Homework: Develop your own corpus of readings and study for the grammar test
    Week 10: 19 May Readability in Research Documents 
    Lecture: Readability in research documents
    Seminar: Grammar exercises & complete one grammar test
    Homework: Study for grammar tests x 2
    Week 11: 26 May Editing and Self-editing
    Lecture: Editing and self-editing
    Seminar: Listening for researchers
    Homework: Complete a portfolio of 3 to 5 listening activities, study for self-editing test

    Week 12: 2 June Being supervised/ interacting with other researchers
    Lecture: Being supervised
    Seminar: Research posters
    Homework: Prepare for presentations of posters or Powerpoint introductions (5 minute presentations)  
    Week 13: 9 June Presenting seminars or posters (both lessons)
    Seminar: Discussion of reflective essay task

    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 your 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 different 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

    No information currently available.


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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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