EDUC 7055 - Research Communication

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 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 2
    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

    Email: michelle.picard@adelaide.edu.au

    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.

    Full details are on access adelaide.
  • 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. 
    Workload

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

    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: Diagnostic Exercise and exploration of Course Outline
    Week 2: Reading and note-taking for researchers
    Communication in cross-cultural settings including academic & disciplinary cultures
    Homework for next week: Bring along a disciplinary/ topic focussed text for note-taking.
    Week 3: Taking a critical approach to the Scholarship in the Field
    Application of macro-reading skills to disciplinary texts and genres. Development of set of notes. Talk about abstracts
    Homework: Write a summary/abstract for the article.
    Week 4: Reviewing literature
    Voice exercise based on diagnostic. Developing tables/ mindmaps of literature in a field. 
    Hand-in abstract, develop a mind-map or table on 5+ articles on a topic.
    Week 5: Appropriate Citation and avoiding plagiarism
    Responding to Turnitin.com feedback on abstracts, learning about acceptable intertextuality
    Week 6: Presenting a seminar in your discipline
    Effective Powerpoint design
    Homework: Design a short 3 slide Powerpoint presentation
    Week 7: Pronunciation for researchers
    Work on speaking practice reading disciplinary texts aloud and summarising content verbally in a coherent fashion. 
    Homework: Sound scripting of presentation scripts.
    Week 8: Research Proposals and other Research Genres
    Detailed exploration of research genres: popular media article, ethics proposal, review article, research article and research proposal.
    Homework: Work on article for the media and/or ethics proposal
    Week 9: Listening for Researchers
    Academic lecture note-taking strategies practiced.
    Homework: Work on popular media article for hand in next week.
    Week 10: Grammar for researchers
    More detailed work on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity. 
    Homework:  Study for test on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity, complete practice exercises.
    Week 11: Readability in research documents
    Write a test on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity, exercises and input on tense, articles and collocation. 
    Homework: Study for test on tense, articles and collocation.
    Week 12: Editing and self-editing
    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.
    Homework: Revision of ethics application genres
    Week 13: Developing posters and using corpora
    Homework: Poster and reflective essay and language learning log.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course involves active learning, therefore at least 90% attendance is necessary.
  • 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
    Item 1: Discipline-specific language tool log and reflection 
    Task: 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
    Nature: Formative & Summative
    Timing: Week 2 onwards and Reflective essay handed in Week 13
    Grade allocation: 30% (14% reflective essay; 2% language learning log; 14% blog entries)
    Graduate attributes: 1,3,4,5

    Item 2: Graded editing tasks
    Task: Completion of discipline-specific editing tasks
    Nature: Formative & Summative (Including tasks on tense, articles, voice, sentence structure/ word form, readability and self-editing)
    Timing: Weeks 8-13
    Grade allocation: 20% (4x5%)
    Graduate attributes: 2,3,4,5

    Item 3: Research communication portfolio
    Task: Written/ oral tasks for differe different research contexts (Including abstract, media article,
    poster, powerpoint, seminar notes, ethics document).
    Timing: Weeks 3-13 (Completed in week 12)
    Grade allocation: 50% (5 x10%)
    Graduate attributes: 1,2,3,4,5
     
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    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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