EDUC 7055 - Research Communication
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
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 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 Coordinator: Mr Richard Warner
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
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Full details are on access adelaide.
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
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.
Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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.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
5 x Research documents for different audiences = 40 hours
Total = 156
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Diagnostic Exercise and exploration of Course Outline
Homework: Bring along a disciplinary research article
Week 2: Lecture/Workshop: Reading and note-taking for researchers
Seminar: Application of macro-reading skills to disciplinary research articles. Look at diagnostic exercise and error correction code and diagnose own language errors. Introduction to reflective practice.
Homework for next week: 1) Create a set of notes using one of the note-taking techniques on a research article in your discipline. Hand in article AND notes. 2) Complete first reflective blog entry. 3) Bring along a research article for week 3.
Week 3: Lecture: Taking a critical approach to the Scholarship in the Field
Seminar: Abstracts for research documents (proposals, articles and conferences)
Homework: Write a summary/abstract for a research article or your topic to hand in in week 4.
Week 4: Lecture: Appropriate Citation and Avoiding Plagiarism
Seminar: Voice and citation exercises based on diagnostic. Introduction to Language Learning Log.
Homework: Responding to Turnitin.com feedback and Springer.exemplar on abstracts and hand in week 6.
Week 5: Lecture: Reviewing literature
Seminar: Endnote Workshop
Homework: a) Tables with at least 2 categories/subtopics of literature and notes under each category. Hand in week 5. Notes on at least 4 articles must be included. B) 2nd Reflective Blog due.
Week 6: Lecture: Presenting a Seminar in your discipline
Seminar: Appropriate Powerpoint Design
Homework: Design a short 5 slide Powerpoint presentation to hand in week 7, Refletive Blog 3 due.
Week 7: Lecture: Pronunciation and Intonation for researchers
Seminar: Practice intonation exercises applying rules. Work on speaking practice reading disciplinary texts aloud and summarising content verbally in a coherent fashion.
Homework: Sound scripting of presentation scripts.
Week 8: Lecture: Written and Oral Research Genres
Seminar: Introduction to posters and comparison with Powerpoint as a genre.
Homework: 1) Write a short media article on the topic of a research paper or a presentation (e.g. Research Tuesdays) to hand in in week 10. 2) Reflective Blog 4 due 3) Intonation class test online
Week 9: Lecture: Listening for Researchers
Seminar: Corpus and Concordancing
Homework: 1) Work on popular media article for hand in week 10. 2) Use AdTat/Springer.exemplar to assist in completing the task and to add to your language learning log.
Week 10: Lecture: Grammar for researchers
Seminar: More detailed work on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity.
Homework: 1) Study for test on sentence structure, word form and sentence clarity using the practice exercises and Complete online test. 2) Reflective Blog 5 due
Week 11: Lecture: Readability in research documents
Seminar: Exercises and input on tense, articles and agreement of subject and verb
Homework: Study for test on tense, articles and agreement and complete test online.
Week 12: Editing and self-editing
Seminar: Prepositions and collocation exercises and input. Look at exemplar Reflective essay and mark in class.
Homework: 1) Prepositions and collocation study and complete online test 2) Reflective Blog 6 due
Week 13: Lecture: Class farewell and feedback/questions
Seminar: Office hours for feedback on tasks
Specific Course RequirementsThis course involves active learning, therefore at least 90% attendance is necessary.
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Assessment SummaryItem 1: Discipline-specific language tool log and reflection
Task: Creation of a language tool log, bi-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; 4% language learning log; 12% blog entries)
Graduate attributes: 1,3,4,5
Item 2: Graded editing tasks/tests
Task: Completion of editing tasks
Nature: Formative & Summative (Including tasks on tense, articles, intonation, 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 different research contexts (Including abstract, media article, poster, powerpoint, notes on research articles, ethics document). One of these items may be peer-assessed.
Timing: Weeks 3-13 (Completed in week 12)
Grade allocation: 50% (5 x10%)
Graduate attributes: 1,2,3,4,5
Although students work in groups to prepare for tasks and in class, all items are individually assessed.
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Submission1000 word essay due by midnight on Wednesday 4 November. Upload to MyUni.
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