EDUC 7055 - Research Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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
    Assessment Reflective blog postings and essay (30%), portfolio of research writing tasks (50%), grammar and self editing tasks (20%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julia Miller

    Dr Julia Miller
    School of Education
    The University of Adelaide
    Level 8, Room 8.25
    Nexus 10 Building, 10 Pulteney
    Adelaide, 5005 SA
    Ph: +61 8 8313 4721
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    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 structur

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4
  • 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 2 hour lecture per week (x12) = 24 hours 
    1 x 1 hour seminar per week (x12) = 12 hours 
    1x 4 hour reading per week (x12) =  48 hours 
    Graded  tasks  =  72 hours 

    Total = 156
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week 1 Course introduction; reading and note-taking for researchers
    Week 2 Grammar for researchers
    Week 3 Taking a critical approach to the scholarship in the field
    Week 4 Writing a literature review
    Week 5 Appropriate citation and academic honesty
    Week 6 Writing an abstract
    Week 7 Oral presentations and academic posters in your discipline
    Week 8 Research genres 
    Week 9 Pronunciation and intonation
    Week 10 Listening; concordancing
    Week 11 Achieving cohesion in your writing
    Week 12 Editing

    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

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Academic writing tasks Summative 60% 2, 3
    Grammar and pronunciation tasks Summative 15% 1, 4
    Academic honesty task Summative 5% 3
    Language tools and reflection Summative 20% 2, 3

    All assignments should be submitted online through MyUni, using Turnitin where indicated.

    All assignments must be submitted on the due date unless an extension has been granted. If you have a problem submitting your assignment on time, please talk to the lecturer in advance to see if an extension to the due date is possible.

    Where possible, the lecturer will aim to give you feedback on each assignment before the class the following week. Feedback will be provided via MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Academic writing tasks: students will be required to take notes, write an abstract and produce a poster based on an academic journal article – 60% weighting
    Grammar and pronunciation tasks: students do three online tests – 15% weighting
    Academic honesty: students do an online test based on UoA policy – 5% weighting
    Language tools and reflection: students complete a table analysing at least three different language tools for academic writing – 20% weighting.

    No information currently available.

    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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