Taught Modules for Research Students

 

From September 2014, all incoming PhD students must take 30 credits of taught modules over their programme. The aim of these taught modules are to facilitate research as well as to provide you with important transferable skills enhancing your career development. Your School or Programme may recommend or require certain modules, please check with your Supervisor. Unless your School or programme stipulates specific courses, you may choose from the full range of modules available throughout the University in consultation and agreement with your Principal Supervisor and your DSP.  To register for modules, you must complete a module registration form which is available from your School after agreement with the module co-ordinator and your supervisor. This form should be returned to your School office who will register you to your chosen modules.

 Being fully registered to a module means that you must attend classes, complete assignment and assessment and you will earn credits for this which will be shown on your final transcript. Students can undertake modules for audit which means attending classes but not doing the assessment or assignments but you DO NOT receive credits for this. Please note that once registered for a module, if for any reason you do not complete and have not officially withdrawn from this module within 6 weeks, a NG grade received will be entered onto your university record and will appear on your transcript. To withdraw from a module, please contact your School office within 6 weeks of the commencement of the module.

 

More information on Research Training and Development for Graduate Students can be found here

For Science Research modules please see below 

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Credits 5              Level     5              Semester    Semester One

 

The Academic Writing for Science Postgraduates module uses practice-based learning methods in order to introduce analytical frameworks that will show how writing and reading are interrelated and core to critical thinking. It focuses on the elements of article and thesis construction needed to produce an effective academic work based on sound scientific research practices. It also includes the evaluation of the incorporation of secondary material, citation styles, and academic integrity. Therefore, this module provides Postgraduate students in the Sciences with the foundation for cultivating their writing skills to better ensure success throughout the period of the degree and writing their dissertation. The module is designed around workshops and involves students producing their own pieces of writing, which will be critiqued in terms of writing style rather than for the accuracy of the scientific content.

 

A weekly practice-based workshop will be supported each week by a thematic lecture on a core writing skill. Throughout the module an emphasis will be placed on developing writing abilities in ways that adequately reflect and support your unique critical insights and capability as a researcher.

Students will be requested to bring a piece of work to the first lecture. More details on this will be provided when students have registered to the module.

 

On completion of the module, students will be able to

● Understand what constitutes coherent, structured academic writing.

● Gain knowledge of the elements of a science based thesis.

● Appreciate the relationship between reading and writing.

● Critically evaluate and analyse sources.

● Incorporate drafting and editing practices into the writing process and understand the value of these skills.

● Apply methodologies to research practices and academic writing practices

● Present a convincing and valid piece of academic writing.

● Improve academic phrasing, tone and style.

● Utilise tools developed in the Academic Writing for Science Postgraduates module to have confidence to write scientific articles.

● Understand Academic Integrity as it applies to thesis/articles.

 

How to register to module

Please contact the Graduate School manager at science.graduate@ucd.ie for information on how to register to this module. Please ensure you highlight if you are a September / January or May start student.

 

Timetable

Please note that there is capacity of strictly 40 places in total over 2 different timeslots in either Semester – please highlight which timeslot you would like:

 

From week 3 (week starting 24th September for Semester 1 offering,  week starting 21 January 2019 for Semester 2 offering )

Tuesday 10am-12pm – 20 spaces

Thursday 2pm – 4pm– 20 spaces

 

 

Please note that you will be requested to bring a piece of writing to the first class – more information will be sent to you before the commencement of this module.

 

Credits 5              Level     5              Semester    Semester One

 

 

This module covers a range of early-stage research skills tailored towards the needs of graduate students in the Sciences. The module employs a combination of e-learning using materials delivered via the Blackboard VLE and face-to-face workshops with discussion of specific case studies. The e-learning elements of the module are determined for individual students based on their skills needs assessment and cover the following specified learning activities: - working with your supervisor/collaborators, - project management, - intellectual property in the research context, - research ethics, - career planning, - getting published, attending conferences, presenting and networking. The workshops introduce, augment and complement the activity-based e-learning elements by providing a forum for reflective practice and team-based discussion of issues and case studies.

 

On completion of this module students should be able to:-

  • develop reasonable and agreed answers to the questions "What do I need and expect from my supervisor?" and "What does my supervisor need and expect from me?"
  • create criteria for monitoring and reporting progress, identify and manage project risks
  • explain the elements of Intellectual Property in an academic/research setting and recognise the responsibilities of individual researchers
  • identify and address ethical problems
  • conduct an annual appraisal of career opportunities and goals
  • recognise the value of constructive criticism and review, understand the skills, materials and confidence required to plan and deliver at an academic conference
  • recognise the requirements, skill sets, attitudes and aptitudes which will support their development towards autonomy as a researcher.

 

How to register to module

Please contact your School office and request a module registration form, complete this and return to your School Office. Please ensure you highlight if you are a September / January or May start student

Credits 5              Level     5              Semester   Semester One

 

 

This module is designed to help researchers in the sciences to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers.
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities.
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

 

The module employs a combination of e-learning using materials delivered via the Blackboard VLE and face-to-face workshops with discussion of specific case studies.

 

This course covers all stages of the research process. Information, practical advice and reflective activities in key areas:

1: Introduction: principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct, mentoring

2: Planning: research with human participants, conflicts of interest, workplace safety

3: Conducting: data collection, sharing and interpretation

4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review

5: Responsibility to the public and society.

 

How to register to module

Please contact your School office and request a module registration form, complete this and return to your School Office. Please ensure you highlight if you are a September / January or May start student