EDUC 7055NA - Research Communication

Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 4 - 2017

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 7055NA
    Course Research Communication
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Quadmester 4
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours of intensive delivery
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Only available to MEd students - Singapore
    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: Mr Richard Warner

    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 structures.

    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 issuescovered 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, delivered in two intensive blocks,  is built around a series of 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.

    Block 1 Day 1
    Course introduction; Reading and note-taking for researchers 

    Block 1 Day 1
    Taking a critical approach to the scholarship in the field 1

    Block 1 Day 2
    Taking a critical approach to the scholarship in the field 2
    Referencing and paraphrasing

    Block 1 Day 2
    Appropriate citation and avoiding plagiarism

    Block 1 Day 3
    Language tools and concordancing

    Block 2 Day 1
    Pronunciation and intonation

    Block 2 Day 1
    Presentation skills and posters

    Block 2 Day 2
    Writing a literature review

    Block 2 Day 2
    Research genres

    Block 2 Day 3
    Readability, cohesion and titles

    Block 2 Day 3
    Short Presentation


    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.

    5x 3
    hour workshop/seminar per block (x2) = 30 hours 
    1x 6 hour reading per week (x8) = 48 hours 
    Graded  tasks  =  72 hours 

     Total = 150

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements

    Note that attendance at all sessions is compulsory.

    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Small group work is part of every workshop/seminar. Each student conducts research into their own disciplinary language conventions- therefore the course has an ‘active’and specific 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

    No information currently available.


    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.

  • Student Feedback

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    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.

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