EDUC 7055 - Research Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

"Science isn't finished until it's communicated." (Sir Mark Walport, U.K. Government Chief Scientific Adviser). This course aims to develop the skills associated with the effective communication of complex ideas, including research and project management skills, disciplinary literacies and knowledge-building, and improved written and verbal research communication skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 7055
    Course Research Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Online Quizzes; Summarising Assignment; Group Presentation; Individual Research Report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Eszter Szenes

    School of Education
    The University of Adelaide
    Nexus 10 Building, 10 Pulteney
    Adelaide, 5005 SA
    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 manage the complexity of the research process and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    2 communicate verbally as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.
    3 communicate in writing as appropriate in a variety of research contexts.
    4 apply argument structure and appropriate academic critique in a variety of spoken and written genres.
    5 communicate in accordance with the conventions of their discipline, using appropriate genre and linguistic resources.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 4, 5

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    There is no textbook for this course. Rather, students will be required to read selected articles, guidelines and notes on key communication issues covered in the course 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 face-to-face workshops covering skills associated with the effective communication of complex ideas and developing other research skills related to research and project management skills, disciplinary literacies and knowledge-building, and improved written and verbal communication skills. The workshops are designed to provide intensive in-class practice in written and spoken research communication contexts. Related assignments are designed to consolidate the learning of key principles and development of research 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: Managing the research process 
    Week 2 Research ethics and academic integrity
    Week 3 Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising: Transforming knowledge
    Week 4 A critical approach to scholarship in the field
    Week 5 Research genres
    Week 6 Critical reviews: purpose, structure, language resources
    Week 7 Reflective and ethical practice in your discipline
    Week 8 Oral presentations and academic posters in your discipline
    Week 9 Clearer writing: Grammar for researchers
    Week 10 Group presentations
    Week 11 Group presentations
    Week 12 Group presentations
     The weekly activities will mainly follow this schedule, but some flexibility is possible.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Please note that this course has a mandatory attendance requirement of minimum 80% (unless you were granted special permission to arrive late or leave early due to a timetable clash).
  • 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
    Online quizzes Formative and summative 15% 1, 3, 4
    Summarising assignment (500 words) Diagnostic, formative and summative 20% 1, 3, 4, 5
    Critical Inquiry Assignment (Part 1): Group presentation and individual process log (500 words) Summative 25% 1, 2, 4, 5
    Critical Inquiry Assignment (Part 2): Individual research report (2000-words) Summative 40% 1, 3, 4, 5

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment information

    All assessments adhere to the University of Adelaide Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    When you submit an assessment, you are declaring that your submission is your own original work that meets the requirements of Academic Integrity under the Academic Integrity Policy. 

    Late penalties

    This course follows the Faculty of Arts lateness policy, which is recognised on the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics website.
    For work that is late without formal extension, 2 marks will be deducted from the percentage mark for every day (or part thereof) the
    work is late to a maximum of 7 days (including weekends and public  holidays).
    Days will count from 11:59 pm to 11:59 pm. For example, an assignment that is 3 days late: raw score of 80% - 6 marks lateness deduction = 74% final mark.For work with a formal extension, the lateness policy will apply from the extended due date.
    Quizzes worth 5% submitted after the due date will receive 0.

    Cut-off date: There will be a cut-off date for each assignment 7 days (including weekends and public holidays) after the original duedate unless otherwise stipulated on MyUni. Work will not be accepted after the cut-off date, and a mark of zero willautomatically be awarded for the assignment.

    Extensions for coursework assignments

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.

    The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the contact listed on the form and submitted before the assessment due date. You will be notified of the result of your request.
    Assessment Detail
    1. Online quizzes: Students will complete three online quizzes related to key topics.
    2. Summarising assignment: Students will be asked to summarise and critique one journal article related to their discipline.
    3. Critical Inquiry Assignment (Part 1): Group presentation and individual process log: Students will deliver an in-person presentation, which critically analyses a contemporary issue/topic drawing on the academic research of their discipline. They will submit the PowerPoint slides as well as an individual process log detailing the responsibilities of each presenter.
    4. Critical Inquiry Assignment (Part 2): Individual research report: Each group member will write an individual research report on the group presentation topic, including a brief reflection on the groupwork process.
    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.

    Feedback will be provided via MyUni.

    The following behaviours are breaches of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy:
    • Submitting work which was completed or partially completed by a third party; or
    • Submitting work for assessment that is not your own, without attribution or reference to the original source.

    This includes submitting work which was wholly or partly created by an artificial intelligence tool.

    For information on using AI and the university policy, please see:

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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