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Queen’s University PSTP Course Overview
















Additional courses will be added to the calendar over the course of the
year so keep an eye on the online calendar.


Only courses in semester 1 are open for booking. Semester 2 courses
will be open for booking in December 2012.


IT courses listed below will be repeated throughout the year.


Careers courses will soon be added.


You can book your place on any of these
courses through your QSIS
account. Having logged into QSIS select Self Service
-
Student Centre
-
Enroll
-
Search By My Requirement. Courses appear under the four
domains detailed in the diagram. Once you have selected your course
and time, click next to add fur
ther classes, and confirm classes to finish
enrolling. You will see a green tick beside the course to indicate
enrolment has been successful.


For further information on courses, how to enrol, and to access the
course calendar, please visit the PRDP websit
e:
www.qub.ac.uk/prdp




Should you require additional support, contact the PRDP Training
Team (
pg.training@qub.ac.uk

)

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Domain A

Title

and Code

Summary

Date/s

Designed for
/pre
-
requisites

Introduction to
the library for
students from
the Faculty of
Engineering and
Physical Sciences


This course is designed for students from the following schools who are new
to the University or would like a refresher
session on the Library and IPSC:



Chemistry and Chemical Engineering



Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology



Mathematics and Physics



Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



Planning, Archite
cture and Civil Engineering



Psychology


It provides the opportunity to learn about the services and resources offered
by both the Library and IPSC and the chance to meet their staff.


09/10/2012

1
st

year students from Chemistry and
Chemical Engineering; Electronics,
Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science; Geography, Archaeology and
Palaeoecology; Mathematics and
Physics; Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering; Planning, Architecture and
Civil Engi
neering; Psychology


Library support
for Social
Sciences
Research

An introduction to Library Services supporting PhD research, including:



Specialist subject librarians



Subject databases



Effective search techniques



Requesting Inter
-
Library Loans


10/10/2012

17/10/2012

1
st

year Students from the Schools of
Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work;
Education, Management; Politics,
International S
tudies and Philosophy;
and Law

Library support
for Humanities
Research

An introduction to Library
Services supporting PhD research, including:



Specialist subject librarians



Subject databases



Effective search techniques

11/10/2012

17/10/2012

1
st

year s
tudents from the Schools of
Creative Arts; English; History and
Anthropology; Modern Languages;
Politics, International Studies and
Philosophy

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Starting to write
in the first year of
your PhD

A PhD, in whatever discipline, is a large document and that brings with it a set
of unique demands. The period of study is long, maybe three to five years.
The

research should be significant, comprehensive and original. However,
your knowledge evolves over the course of the study: what you know in your
third year is not what you know in your first few weeks after registering as a
doctoral candidate. Many researc
h students feel they have nothing to say in
the early weeks and months of research, when they are still battling with ‘the
literature’. The goal of this workshop is to show you that you can start
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This workshop looks at:



Writing critically about ‘the literature’ and developing your thinking

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16I11I2012

14I12I2012

23I01I2013

07I03I2013

19I04I2013

1
st

year
students across all faculties

Adobe
Photoshop 1

This is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop which is a popular and
professional package for wo
rking with images. This is an opportunity to
become familiar with the Adobe Photoshop environment, and learn how to
edit images. You will learn how to use the frequently used tools (e.g.
marquee, lasso, crop, pen, paintbrush, shapes, erase, clone, eyedropp
er).


16/10/2012

06/11/2012

05/02/2013

18/02/2013

All students across all faculties.


Familiarity with a Windows
environment and with file management
is essential

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Adobe
Photoshop 2


This course provides a continuation of the Adobe Photoshop 1, for those
wishing to further their knowledge of the popular image manipulation
software. Topics covered include how images from Photoshop can be used in
applications such as Word, PowerPoint or Publisher and how to save images
using different image formats and colou
r modes for printing and Web
content. Along with demonstrations, the session will involve practical work on
projects (to be decided by the group) and will cover more advanced topics
including working with layers, colour management, image repair and
improve
ment, and other manipulation effects.


13/11/2012

05/03/2013

15/04/2013


All students across all faculties.


Attendance at the Adobe Photoshop 1:
course or a similar level of familiarity.




Excel Pivot Tables

PivotTables are a popular Excel tool for dynamically exploring and analysing
large datasets in order to summarise data and make informed decisions.
PivotCharts are interactive charts that can be used to visualise PivotTable
reports to convey information a
bout patterns and trends within the data.
PivotTables can take their source data from within Excel or from external
sources like databases, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cubes and text
files, and allow users to analyse data without altering the orig
inal data source.
This course will provide participants with an introduction to PivotTables and
will include topics such as adding and removing fields, applying styles,
filtering data, changing field settings and creating PivotCharts. The course will
invo
lve using PivotTables to analyse large datasets and display information
graphically. This is a half day course that includes a presentation and a variety
of practical exercises.


19/10/2012

29/04/2013

All students across all faculties.


Prior attendance at

Excel 1: Essentials
or significant experience of using Excel

SPSS1:
Introduction to
SPSS

Course Aim:

To provide participants with an introduction to data management and basic
statistical output in SPSS. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a
number of practical exercises.


Outcomes:

Participants will:



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Refworks for
Science and
Engineering


RefWorks

is a reference management service that enables you to create a
personal database of references, automatically format citations and compile
instant bibliographies. This can save you hours spent interpreting citing and
referencing styles and typing citation
s and references.

This introductory course will include demonstrations and practical work.

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Producing a bibliography in a Microsoft Word document

22/10/2012

25/10/2012

All years; Students from the following
Schools; Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering; Electronics, Electrical
Engineering and Compu
ter Science;
Geography, Archaeology and
Palaeoecology; Mathematics and
Physics; Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering; Planning, Architecture and
Civil Engineering; Psychology


Experience of using Windows and the
web, searching the Library's
bibliographic d
atabases and using
Microsoft Word

Excel Charts


Participants will be shown how to create and edit various types of charts
including bar, column, pie, scatter and line graphs. The course will also look at
the different ways charts can be formatted in Excel

and how to add features
like legends, trend lines, equations and error bars.

23/10/2012

22/04/2013


All students across all faculties.


Prior attendance on the Excel 1:
Essentials course or
experience of using
Excel

IT Essentials for
PGRS


This course will introduce the file storage facilities used at Queen’s and
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Working with
long documents


This course provides useful tips and guidelines on how to use Word efficiently
and effectively to manage long
documents such as theses or dissertations.
Participants will learn how to add figure and table captions, an index and a
table of contents, all of which will update automatically. Cross referencing
techniques will also be covered along with creating bookmar
ks and using
heading styles to ensure layout consistency


24/10/2012

21/03/2013


All students across all faculties


Participants must be familiar with using
the basic features
of Microsoft Word
2007 or 2010.

Refworks for
Humanities


This session will be very practical introduction to Refworks, an online
bibliographical management system.

The course will show students how to:



Import bibliographic information from a variety of sources (including
the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, P
hilosophers Index, QCat,
OCLC, EBBO etc.).



Use Refworks to create your own bibliographic information for works
not available via catalogues or databases.



Create bibliographies for articles, thesis and books


By the end of the course students will have a pr
actical knowledge of
RefWorks


It would be beneficial to attend ‘Library Support for Humanities’ If you are
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24I10I2012

31I10I2012


1
st
/2
nd

year s
tudents from the Schools
of Cre
ative Arts; English; History and
Anthropology; Modern Languages;
Politics, International Studies and
Philosophy

Refworks for the
Social Sciences


RefWorks

is a bibliographic management service that allows you to create a
personal database and compile instant bibliographies in a variety of styles. It
is web
-
based so it can be accessed from any computer with an internet
connection. Participants will learn how

to set up a RefWorks account, create
folders, input and organise references, create a bibliography and integrate
RefWorks with MS Word. Refworks will also be compared
with Zotero
shareware software.

It would be beneficial to attend ‘Library Support for

cial Sciences Research’ If you are not already aware of the journal article
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31I10I2012


1
st
/2
nd

year students from the Schools
of Sociology, Social Policy and Social
Work; Education, Management;
Pol
itics, International Studies and
Philosophy; and Law


Writing in the
second year of a
PhD


This is a one day workshop for doctoral students in the middle period of their
studies. There is no teambuilding and no icebreakers. All the activities are
practi
cal and relevant to finishing a thesis and have been shown to help
research writers. Particular emphasis is given to difficult aspect of writing a
26/1
0/2012

17/11/2012

10/01/2013

07/02/2013

All 2
nd

year students across all faculties



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thesis, such as managing an evolving structure, understanding the demands
and structure of research writing a
nd applying that knowledge.

This workshop looks at:



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critically evaluating and synthesising ‘the literature’


08I03I2013

05I06I2013


Diagrams made
easy in Word and
Powerpoint


Microsoft Office includes a variety of tools for creating high impact text and
diagrams in documents.
This course will look at creating and formatting
shapes including block arrows, flowchart shapes and callouts and inserting
and formatting WordArt text for emphasis or headings. Participants will also
be introduced to the SmartArt feature available in Offi
ce 2007/2010 which
can be used to create h
igh impact lists and diagrams.


30/10/2012

13/03/2013


All students across all faculties


The Basics of
Graphic Design


For many, good graphic design is in the eye of the beholder


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Writing in the
final year of your
PhD


A one day workshop for students in the final stages of writing up a doctoral
thesis.
The workshop will cover:

Helping students produce a detailed plan of what they have achieved and
what they have left to do

Create a timeline for a schedule of works

02/11/2012

24/01/2013

18/04/2013

06/06/2013

12/06/
2013

3
rd
/final year students across all
faculties


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Create a synopsis of their thesis so far

Give tips on editing and formatting a thesis for
examination

Shed light on important procedural issues around submission and
examination.


There is no teambuilding and no icebreakers. All the activities are practical
and relevant to finishing a thesis and have been shown to help research
writers. Studen
ts should leave with a clear idea of what they have left to do
and a plan to help them achieve it.


The workshop is for doctoral researchers in the final. This workshop is not for
students in the earlier



SPSS 2: Data
Analysis using
SPSS


Designed for:

The course is designed for students who have some knowledge of SPSS and
statistical analysis.

Aim: To provide participants with knowledge of how SPSS can

be used to
conduct data analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a
number of practical exercises.

Outcomes

Participants will:



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Excel 1


This practical course is the essential starting point for anyone interested in
learning how to produce Spreadsheets using Microsoft Office Excel 2010 and
forms an ide
al basis for further courses in Excel. As Excel 2010 introduces
some changes to the user interface and some new features and
05/11/2012

11/03/2013


All students across all faculties


Students with little or no previous
e
xperience of using Microsoft Excel
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enhancements, this course is also suitable for those needing to update their
skills so that they can make efficient use of the late
st version of this popular
Spreadsheets application. Excel 1: Essentials covers the basics of how to
create, save and edit Spreadsheets before progressing participants onto the
creation of basic formulas and charts. The new cell and table styles will be
in
troduced and participants will learn fundamental techniques such as
sorting, naming ranges, find and replace, changing the page
setup and
renaming worksheets.


2010

Excel 2


This course follows on from the Excel 1: Essentials course and will introduce
participants to some of the more advanced feature of Excel 2010. Through a
series of practical exercises, participants will learn about a variety of
techniques which can be empl
oyed to make spreadsheets more
comprehensible, such as sorting, basic and advanced filtering, conditional
formatting, and custom number and date formats. Participants will also learn
how to create custom lists and how to apply data validation to cells to c
reate
dropdown lists or control what can be entered.


5/11/
20
12

11/03/2013

All students across all faculties


Prior attendance at Excel 1 or significant
experience of using Excel


RefWorks


To introduce you to RefWorks
, a web
-
based bibliographic management
service which allows you to create a personal database of references and
compile instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:



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Labels and Mail
Merge using
Word


This course is aimed at Postgraduate students who would like to learn more
about the merging tools available within
Microsoft Word particularly those
who wish to optimise their survey administration or utilise merging
techniques to bring together data and pro
-
formas. The course is highly
practical and at the end of t
he course you should be able to

use Word’s mail
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Refworks

for
Medicine, Health
and Life Sciences


Course Aim:

To introduce you to RefWorks, a web
-
based bibliographic management
service which allows you to create a personal database of references and
compile instant bibliographies in a variety of styles.

Learni
ng Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:



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Introduction to
Unix


This is an introductory course which introduces the basic utilities and
commands required by the novice user of a UNIX type operating system. The
course includes practical

exercises using Red Hat Linux, however the skills
acquired are applicable to most variants of UNIX. Temporary accounts will be
available for students to use on the day.

All exercises work at the Command Line Interface (CLI), i.e., work will not be
carried

out in a GUI windows
-
like environment.

The course should be especially of interest to researchers coming from a
Windows/Mac background to one of the following High Performance
Computing systems: Dell Cluster, HP Research (XC) and SGI Altix.


09/11/2012


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ll students across all faculties


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SCOPUS


Scopus (http://www.scopus.com) is the world’s largest bibliographic and
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Work and
Supervisory
Relationships

Excellent professional relationships are a key factor in workplace success.
Similarly, a postgraduate student’s relationship with their supervisor is an
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Discussion and interaction will be part of the session. Participants will be
encouraged to learn from each other

and to

a
pply learning from the session

to facili
tate positive outcomes for them
selves and others.


13/11/2012

05/12/2012

All students across
all faculties

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Tables and Form
Design Using
Word

Microsoft Word can be used to create forms for completion on a computer
that allow users to enter text or select options without altering the structure
of the form. This course looks at some of the tools ava
ilable in Word 2010
which can be used to create forms, including text, checkbox and drop
-
down
list fields. Participants will also learn how to create tables in Word and how
tables can be used in the layout of forms. Along with the basics of creating
forms,

the course will cover how to add instructional text to form fields, how
to protect the form and how to export data from forms to a Spreadsheets file.



14/11/2012

24/04/2013

All students across all faculties

Aims/Aimed at

Students who are experienced at using
Word 2007 or 2010 to edit and format
documents and wish to learn how to
create tables and data capture forms
using Word. The course may also
benefit those intending to take the
ECDL Advanced module in Word
Processing.


Pre
-
requisites

Experience of using Word 2007 or 2010
to format doc
uments and create basic
tables.

An Overview of
LaTex
-

(2 day
course
-

must
attend both days)


Course Aim


LaTeX is a typesetting language aimed at technical users rather than a word
pro
cessing program. It produces very high quality output and can handle
automatically many tedious but routine tasks like cross
-
referencing, indexing
etc. This course will give an overview of how LaTeX is used and of the kind of
input needed to make use of it
.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants should be in a position to start learning
to use LaTeX for themselves.


23
-
24
/
01
/201
3


All students across all faculties


Introduction to
Stata


This two
-
day course provides an overview of Stata

12, the latest version of
Stata. Participants will learn how to open and create datasets, data
manipulation and data management techniques, simple analysis commands,
creating graphs, and automating processes using .do and .ado files. This
course is aimed

at people with no previous experience of using Stata, or who
would like to refresh their knowledge.


14 and 16/11/2012


All students across all faculties


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Creating Posters
Using Powerpoint


This course provides an overview of how to present research
material as a
poster presentation, including tips on how to create an effective poster and
on printing posters at the University. Participants will learn how to add text
and images to a poster, how to create simple diagrams and how to format
text boxes and

poster backgrounds

15/11/2012

04/03/2013

All students across all faculties.


Participants should be familiar with
basic file management techniques and
have previous experience of u
sing
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Fundamentals of
High
Performance
Computin
g


The aim of this course is to give researchers hands
-
on experience using the
centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC) systems at QUB. The
course covers the following topics: What is HPC?; HPC resources available at
QUB; Running serial and para
llel jobs on the Dell Cluster; Using the Windows
Compute Cluster. The benefit of using HPC is that researchers can use these
systems to solve compute and data intensive problems in their field of work.
The systems each have a wide range of scientific sof
tware and

libraries
already installed.


16/11/2012


All students across all faculties


Academic
Writing: The
Challenges for
International
Students


This course familiarises students with the grammatical, lexical and stylistic
features of academic writing

at sentence and paragraph level. It includes
structure, organisation, coherence and cohesion, transition, introductions
and conclusions.

It also addresses register, introduces strategies for avoiding plagiarism, and
ways of combining sources to create coh
erent and cohesive texts.

Although the course is highly intensive, students are encouraged to raise
matters relevant to the topic that may be of concern/interest to them and to
the group.

By the end of the course, students will have a much greater awarenes
s of the
conventions of academic writing in a UK University environment.


19
-
20/11/2012

11
-
12/03/2013


All students across all faculties


Interactive
powerpoint for
academic
presentations


This course provides participants with an opportunity to learn about more
advanced features in PowerPoint 2010 in order to incorporate interactivity
and multimedia in presentations. Intended for participants who are already
familiar with the basic concept
s of creating PowerPoint presentations, this
practical course will enable participants to create sophisticated presentations
that
make full use of the software’
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presentations as image files or to the Web.


Introduction to
Social Media

This half day course is aimed at anyone interested in using social media,
either personally or professionally. The course will include an overview of the
history and concept of social media and a di
scussion of popular social media
sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Participants will be
given the opportunity to compare social media tools and discuss the factors
which should be considered when deciding which tool(s) to use. The se
ssion
will conclude with practical advice on setting up a social media account and
protecting your online profile.


20/11/2012

07/02/2013


All students across all faculties

Excel 3


This intensive course follows on from the previous Excel courses introducing
students to more of the advanced features of Excel 2010. Participants will
learn how to use a variety of what
-
if analysis tools that can be employed in
data analysis and decision

making, such as Data Tables, Scenarios, Goal Seek
and Solver. In addition, the course will cover a wide range of useful functions,
including text, logical, financial, lookup, and date and time functions, which
can be used to manipulate spreadsheet data. A
n introduction to PivotTable
and PivotChart reports is also included. The second half of the course will
concentrate on statistical functions in Excel which can be used to produce
frequencies and descriptive statistics


21/11/2012

02/05/2013


All students

across all faculties



Prior attendance at Excel 1 and Excel 2
is strongly recommended or significant
experience of using Excel.


Beyond Google


Search engines such as Google Scholar do not cover a large amount of the
academic information available on
the web. This includes the content of
many databases, e
-
journals, e
-
books and other research resources such as
newspaper archives. This course will enable you to access and search this
hidden information.

Content



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ScienceDirect e
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web searches


This course incorporates 1) various useful tips for making better use of search
engines. The session will 2) provide an opportunity to look at the iss
ues
around determining the quality of information on the Internet. Participants
will review quality assured reference sites and will explore and discuss the
factors which help users judge the relative quality of Web sites and Web
-
based material. Participan
ts should have a basic familiarity with Web
browsing.


22/11/2012

07/03/2013


All students across all faculties


Using qualitative
methods in any
research


This course is designed to help postgraduate research students understand
when qualitative methods

can be used in research and some practical issues
that need to be considered

Learning Outcomes
:

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Understand how qualitative methods may be used in their own
project


22/11/2012

14/02/2013


All students across all faculties.


Academic Speed
Reading

What is reading? How do we read? What is its history and what are its
mechanics? Reading is one of the activities associated with learning that most
enthuses and discourages students: whilst exciting and accessible texts can
increase your interest, difficu
lt texts are a key reason why you may be put off
a topic. Since much reading at an academic level is challenging, it is important
to reflect upon how texts are best approached


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Introduction t
o
Qiqqa


Qiqqa is free reference management software which will automatically
format the citations in a Word document and produce a list of references at
the end of that document. It differs from RefWorks, which is the University’s
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Using
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Research


Course Aim

This course is designed to help postgraduate research students understand

quantitative research methods and the selection of appropriate statistical
analysis


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By the end of the course, participants will:



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21I02I2013


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Academic
Plagiarism: What
it is and how to
avoid it


Academic plagiarism, accidental or otherwise, is of serious concern both to
academics and to students, and detection has been facilitated by software
such as Turnitin. However, many students may not be fully aware of what
constitutes plagiarism, nor do th
ey have the strategies to avoid this.

This course aims to ensure that participants can be more confident in the
integrity of their academic work.

By the end of the course, they will understand the concept of plagiarism and
how Turnitin

works. They will be aware of what constitutes common
knowledge and how to avoid patch writing. They will be more familiar with
strategies for integrating their readings into the construction of new texts:
03/12/2012

09.30
-
12.30
/

13.30
-
16.30

17/04/2012

09.30
-
12.30
/

13.30
-
16.30

All students across all faculties


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paraphrasing, summary writing, text reformulation
, using direct quotations,
acknowledging sources and creating/maintaining references/bibliographies.

Adobe
Photoshop

3


This course is a continuati
on of the "Further Topics" course and it presents an
opportunity to enhance your skills and gain knowledge on (as yet) unexplored
functions that optimise your time whilst minimising repetitive keystrokes /
mouse usage. Various technical, graphical, photogr
aphic and fonts skills will
be covered within the course to help you best prepare images for inclusion in
flyers, adverts, leaflets or as web buttons. Additionally the course will include
additional image enhancements, colouring up and introduction to colo
ur
wheels, monochromes and paths (for selection and text). To help make your
Photoshop sessions more efficient you will learn how to

1.

use and create actions for general purpose tasks (cropping, resizing,

colour toning, inverting, saturating or de
-
saturating, bordering, etc.).

2.

create a web gallery using a folder of images that allow web users to

view image information and provide feedback.

3.

use time savers such as Actions and Batch Processing.


04/
12/2012

12/03/2013

30/04/2013


All students across all faculties


This course requires prior knowledge of
the Adobe Photoshop 2 (or similar level
of familiarity)


Creating Screen
Shots using Word
and Snagit


This course is aimed at Postgraduate students w
ho may have to devise user
guides for software systems either as part of their thesis or to help them in
their support of teaching.

Snagit

is a popular application for capturing screen images for use in printed
documents or the Web. Most training materials produced by the IT Training
and Assessment Unit are created using SnagIt and Word. SnagIt can also be
used to record mouse movements and
capture onscreen activity in the form
of a video file or to capture text from a screen or the images from a Web site.

This course provides an introduction to using Snagit and will cover topics such
as capture profiles, profile settings, saving in differen
t formats, resizing
images, using special effects and paint tools. The course will also cover how
to create a set of instructions/practical documents using Word and the Snagit
captures

05/12/2012

26/04/2013


All students across all faculties


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Conducting
focus
groups for
research; a
comprehensive
introduction


Aim:

This course is designed to help postgraduate research students plan and
conduct focus group interviews.


By the end of this session, participants will:

-

Understand how to plan and prepare for i
nterviews

-

Be aware of the issues involved in recruiting and preparing interview

participants

-

Appreciate the skills required to facilitate discussion

-

Explore the range of techniques and methods used to investigate a

topic

area

-

Carry out a live focus group simulation to assist in identifying and

overcoming potential problems


06/12/2012

28/02/2013


All students across all faculties


Introduction to
thematic analysis


Aim: This course is designed to provide clear guidance for
those wanting to
conduct thematic analysis. Using example transcripts, this course contains
hands
-
on step
-
by
-
step guidance of how to thematically analyse data in a
rigorous way.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

-

Outline the three

broad levels of qualitative data analysis

-

Define thematic analysis and outline each phase in the process

-

Know how to generate initial codes and search for themes within data

-

Understand how rigour can be maximised in qualitative data analysis

-

Under
stand the fundamentals of qualitative report writing


06/12/2012


28/02/2013


All students across all faculties


Video Production
Skills for
Beginners

The course is to provide basic shooting and editing skills to enable students to
enhance their PHD research using video. Video Services have cameras and
editing equipment available for students to borrow and this will allow
effective use of this equipment
as part of the students’ research.

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Have learnt basic shot framing, composition and sound recording
skills



Have practical experience in the use of cameras available for loan



Edited their own work using Apple laptops
and Final Cut Pro X

21/02/13 & 7
-
8/03/2013

All students across all faculties

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Have learnt how to record and lay voice over onto a video



Created video files



Have enough knowledge to plan and create a basic video production


IRAS (Integrated
Research
Application
System)

The Research Governance Team is offering IRAS training to staff and students.




Are you planning research involving health and social care patients or
clients?



Do you need to seek R&D permission from a Trust for research
involving thei
r staff?



Will you be undertaking a clinical trial of a medicinal product?



If the answer is yes, you will be required to complete an IRAS application
form. IRAS is a single system for applying for the permissions and approvals
required for health and

social care research in the UK. It enables you to enter
the information about your project once by using filters to ensure that the
data collected and collates is appropriate to the type of study and the
permissions and approvals required.


28/02/2013

21
/05/2013

All students across all faculties


Pre
-
requisites

Students should set
-
up an IRAS account
before attending

Creativity and
Problem
-
Solving


“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve
always got.”

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through spontaneous thought: Newton’s infamous apple / gravity moment;
Watt’s steam condenser was inspired by a walk in the cold countryside;
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What these convenient stories often omit is that the great academic ideas
come because additionally the thinker had immersed themselves in the
p
roblem, studied in great depth and incubated their thoughts for many years.


This one
-
day workshop will

explore the relationship that you have with your creativity

help to build a toolkit of problem solving devices to help you to re
-
examine
the world in
fresh new ways.


Creating
Interactive
Spreadsheets
using Excel 2010

This course is aimed at PGRs who would like to use Excel 2010 to develop
interactive spread sheets for use as models and quizzes.

In this practical
workshop participants will be introduced to some of the advanced features of
Excel 2010 which can be used to create interactive spread sheets suitable for
simple quizzes or basic models. Participants will be given the opportunity to
try
out some of the form tools available in Excel including Combo Boxes,
Check Boxes, Spin Buttons and Option Buttons. Practical exercises will also
involve creating nested IF statements to generate feedback and how to
format and protect worksheets in order to

hide content.

13/03/2013

All students across all faculties


Pre
-
requisites

This is an advanced Excel course
therefore participants should have
significant previous experience of using
Excel 2010.

Possibility
Thinking and
Exploring
Uncertainty in
your Res
earch

This course acknowledges the importance of engaging with uncertainty and
the liminal spaces between knowing that occur in the course of inquiry and
learning (Barnett, 2004; Meyer and Land, 2006) by providing spaces for
participants to explore these u
ncertainties; these include possibility thinking
models, which offer opportunities for managing ambiguities and arts
-
based
methods, which explore possibility thinking.

06/03/2013

All students across all faculties

Research
Methods with
Children & Young
People

The course will explore and critically evaluate methodological approaches to
researching children’s everyday lives and experiences and assess the extent
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Qualitative
Analysis using
NVIVO

This workshop aims to provide a thorough introduction in the use of NVivo
, a
leading software designed to assist with the management of qualitative data
analysis.


Learning Outcomes:


18/04/2013

22/04/2013

This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD
Students who must be involved in
research which has a qualitative phase
or element.

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students will see the basic tenets of qualitative data analysis as they are
applied in and assisted by the software. They will learn a transfe
rrable skill,
useful in many research contexts. They will appreciate and learn in a timely
manner the potential of better and more efficient data management in a long
term research project.


Pre
-
requisite:


This course is for 2nd and 3rd year PhD Students

who must be involved in
research which has a qualitative phase or element.




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Domain B

Title
and Code

Summary

Date/s

Designed for/pre
-
requisites

Develop Your
Potential:
Building On
Doctoral Skills


Your research is going well and you're on track for delivering your doctoral
thesis. Then what? Have you considered what the next steps might be? Have
you ever thought about the skills a doctorate equips you with and what you'll
need to develop in order
to take the next steps. This half day session will get
you thinking about the skills you have, what you need to develop and how.



25/10/2012

9.30
-
12.30/

1.30


4⸳0


11I03I2013

9⸳.
-
12.30I

1⸳.


4⸳0

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Introduction to
Project
Management


An introduction to the process of managing projects and the tools to assist in
planning and tracking progress; this course is intended to be immediately
applicable to planning and managing academic and research project
as well as
commercial projects. It covers the theory and principles of project
management within the context of the Project Management Institute.

During this 1
-
day course, participants will:



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08I11I2012

05I12I2012

04I03I2013

21I
0




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Intermediate
Project
Management


A more in
-
depth and hands
-
on experience of Project Management, where
delegates practice and integrate previous project management training and
techniques. This event uses applied learning to further embed project
management skills and knowledge

in reference to the Project Management
Institute.

During this 1
-
day course, participants will:



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06I12I2012

05I03I2013

08I04I2013

22I
0

2013

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initiation and implementation using practical, group
-
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to apply learning
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Advanced
Project
Management


Advanced Project Management

The delegate will
be introduced to tried and tested management techniques
for dealing with complex and ill
-
defined projects. It focuses on the remaining
material needed for the CAPM exam.

During this 1
-
day course, participants will:



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23I01I2013

09I04I2013

23I05I2013


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plus

Intermediate Project Management
(required route for CAPM certification)
or

Intermediate Project Management


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management methodologies



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CAPM Exam Prep
Day


The delegate will be introduced to tried and tested management techniques
for dealing

with complex and ill
-
defined projects. It focuses on the remaining
material needed for the CAPM exam.

During this 1
-
day course, participants will:



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24/01/2013

24/05/2013


All years


Introduction PM
plus

Intermediate PM
plus

Advanced PM
(required route for
CAPM)
;


Effective
Applications
for
Academic Jobs

This interactive workshop will explore the keys skills and activities required to
successfully complete an application process for an academic position. It will
discuss the range of application methods used in the UK and how to approach
them including how to tackle personal statements and covering letters. Focus
will be given to the academic CV as a key requirement including providing
participants with the chance to critique sample CV’s and receive peer
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07I02I2013

15I04I2013

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them to the workshop.

Preparing for
Academic Job
Interviews

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the
academic interview
process (as commonly founded in UK academic
institutions). It will explore how to effectively prepare for academic
interviews with a focus on identifying and answering interview questions.
Participants will then have the opportunity to gain perspective o
f the
interview process from both the side of the interviewer and interviewee by
practicing asking and answering interview questions and giving /receiving
feedback.

08/02/2013

16/04/2013

All students across all faculties


Effective
Applications for
Non
-
Ac
ademic
Jobs

This interactive workshop will explore the keys skills and activities required to
successfully complete the application process for a professional or graduate
position for non academic positions. It will discuss the range of application
methods

used in the UK and how to approach them including how to tackle
competency based application forms and writing a non
-
academic CV and
covering letter.


Participants with the chance to practice competency based questions, critique
sample CV’s and receive pe
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11I02I2013

17I04I2013

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Preparing for
Non
-
Academic
Job Interviews

This workshop will provide participants with an under
standing of the
interview process for both graduate and professional jobs in the UK. It will
explore how to effectively prepare for interviews with a focus on identifying
and answering interview questions. Participants will then have the
opportunity to g
ain perspective of the interview process from both the side of
the interviewer and interviewee by practicing asking and answering interview
questions and giving/receiving feedback.

12/02/2013

18/04/2013

All students across all faculties


007 Themed
Creative Thinking

In these evening workshops we will explore ways of thinking faster and
further than anyone else. Professor Curious will challenge the audience to
think differently. In collaborative teams you will discover new ways of thinking
and explore

unusual topics. You will receive a ‘License to Think’ on
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19I02I2013

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Personal
Marketing &
Professional
Projection

You are a walking ambassador for your area of expertise and for

your own
career. Get it right and you increase your chances of success, get it wrong and
frustration will become your constant companion.



This is a practical workshop that examines the whole area of personal and
20/02/2013

All students across all faculties


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professional projection. It is based upon

the three pillars of personal success:




Projecting confidence


Developing and maintaining trusting relationships


Projecting quality

Time
Management &
Goal Setting

An exciting new workshop on managing
yourself and your work as a
postgraduate researcher. We'll look at the difference between clock and
event time. Concepts such as 'flow, chunking, purpose statements and fuzzy
goals'.


We'll explore why work often happens outside of work and how the chang
ing
knowledge economy challenges us to become our own boss.


Participants will learn to identify personal preferences and styles of self
-
management and goal setting techniques that are most effective for them and
their discipline/working style.

23/04/2013

All students across all faculties


Assertiveness &
Confidence
Building

Assertiveness training aims to equip postgraduate students with tools to deal
effectively with situations which require clear, confident communication.


This session provides technique
s to help articulate thoughts and ideas even in
difficult situations, using assertive language and voice and body awareness.

27/11/2013

10/04/2013

All students across all faculties

Mindfulness for
Stress Reduction

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction aims to help you better understand the
source and impact of stress in the Phd environment. You will get an
opportunity to try out a number of techniques to help deal with stress
effectively. Learning what works for you an
d how to build relaxation into your
lifestyle is a key part of this session.


Discussion and interaction will be part of the session which has an experiential
approach. Participants will be encouraged to learn from each other and to
apply learning from
the session to facilitate positive outcomes for themselves
and others.

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All students across all faculties





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Domain C

Title
and Code

Summary

Dat
e
/s

Designed for/pre
-
requisites

Preparing Four
Your Viva

The viva voce examination which every PhD

student must take is in effect the
summit of the PhD research programme and can thus be very stressful. This
course aims to demystify the process and provide practical advice for
candidates.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will: (
1) know exactly what the process
involves; (2) will know how to prepare for the event itself; (3) will have been
given practical advice about what to do during the viva; and (4) have been
given strategies for coping wit
h each of the possible results.


10/1
0/2012

08/05/2013

29/05/2013

All 3
rd

year/final year students

Preparing For
Differentiation


The aim of this course is to provide guidance to students on the
differentiation process from MPhil to PhD registration. It will highlight some
of the different
practises amongst Schools and Faculties and frequent issues
and problems encountered. In particular, it addresses the difficult areas of
setting aims and objectives, the wider context of research and the preparation
of an appropriate report. As part of pre
paration for differentiation, students
will be able to discuss with fellow students their areas of research and learn to
justify why their research is important and worthy of further investigation, as
well as strategies to use during the differentiation pr
ocess itself.


Learning Outcomes:



To have a clear appreciation of what Differentiation is about, when it

happens, its format and what its purpose is



Be aware of possible differentiation scenarios and actions



Have an appreciation of different strateg
ies with which to approach

differentiation



Have had an opportunity to practice discussing their research with

others


11/10/2012

06/12/2012

21/02/2013

12/03/2013

19/04/2013

07/05/2013


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st

year students across all faculties




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Dissertation
Planning


Course aim:

This course will discuss what constitutes a PhD thesis and its different stages,
paying particular attention to the important role played by good day
-
to
-
day
planning. By emphasising the importance of having well
-
defined research
ques
tions or aims, students will be asked to identify the tasks associated with
addressing their research questions or aims, the sequence and duration of
those tasks and draw these up as a final plan to use in their research. Students
will be provided with ass
istance in formulating and refining good research
questions for those students who are still establishing their research topics.


Learning outcomes:



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Have developed an initial plan of action for their research at a scale
which is appropriate to the individual researcher




25
/10/2012

29/11/2012

25/02/2013


All
1
st

year

students across all faculties


The Part time
PhD: All in One
Day


“There are no “right” answers. Everyone has to find within themselves ways
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surrounding completing a thesis and passing the viva? … All in One Day?


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All students across all faculties. Part
-
time students only


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relationship

The Nuts and Bolts of the PhD thesis

Complet
ion of the PhD dissertation and the Viva examination


It certainly WILL BE all about the things that matter to you and your projects.
We look forward to meeting you on the day.




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Domain D

Title
and Code

Summary

Date/s

Designed for/pre
-
requisites

Ethics in
Research


Course Aim:

This course explores what 'research ethics' is and why all researchers should
ensure that their research approach is consistent with appropriate ethical
guidelines. The aim is to inform students of the ethical issues arising in the
design, conduct, and dissemination of research projects.



Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course, participants will:



Be aware of QUB research ethics guidelines



Have knowledge of the genesis of research ethics and professional

body guidelines



Be familiar with the philosophies underpinning research ethics and

cognizant of the ethical challenges at each stage of the research

process



Have the necessary skills
to produce and carry out ethically

approvable projects


12/10/2012

08/03/2013


All students across all faculties


Applying your
Research to
Policy


Course Aim:

This training course will assist participants to understand what
policy is, the process through which it is developed and the most effective
ways to influence it. Practical sessions will be interwoven throughout the
session, giving participants the opport
unity to draft and refine their own
actions plans to influence policy through their own research.



Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will:



Expanded their paradigm of ‘policy’



Learned how to prepare stakeholder maps



Mapped and

prioritised the stakeholders who are relevant to their

policy area of interest



Identified, in a very practical way, how they will approach the task of
influencing the influential stakeholders regarding their particular
research and the corresponding poli
cy(ies)


16/10/2012

05/02/2013

16/04/2013


All Years


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Culture Shock:
What it is and
how to cope


The transition for international students to a UK academic and socio
-
cultural
environment can be daunting. While many aspects of culture are on the
surface
and easy to identify, others are hidden, and the demands and
expectations of the new environment can lead to misunderstandings,
frustration, conflict, isolation and demotivation. These may have a negative
impact on both academic performance and social inte
raction.



The aim of the course is to understand the nature of culture; to examine the
stages of Culture Shock; to explore strategies to anticipate and/or overcome
potential misunderstandings; to discuss and understand the expectations of
teaching and
learning in higher education institutions, and to maximise
successful integration


22/10/2012

11/02/2013

All students across all faculties


Communication
Skills 1:
Presenting with
Commitment,
Control and
Confidence


An introductory course in presentation
skills for postgraduates in the first year
of their research PhD. This course will prepare you for the cut and thrust of
academic presentations yet still allow you space to develop your unique
professional communication style.


We will look at examples fr
om TED talks and the worlds of sport and theatre.
You will be encouraged to practice key techniques and prepare powerful
visual aids and openings. We will also explore structures and timing. An
essential first stage course and part of a series of three for

each year of your
doctorate.


This course will help you prepare for your first year review, seminar or
conference

22/10/2012

12/11/2012

26/11/2012

11/02/2013

13/02/2013

22/04/2013

24/04/2013


All 1
st

year students across all faculties


Communications
Skills 2:
Professional
Presenting to
Small Groups
(seminars and
conferences)


A second
-
stage course designed for PhD candidates in the latter part of their
first year or in their second year, early third year. It follows up on the themes
and techniques dev
eloped in Communication 1. We develop ideas of
confidence and control and explore new presentation trends and visual
communication styles, especially techniques associated with storyboarding,
including poster presentations.


We will practice creativity and

leadership and apply them to your own
research messages. We’ll also explore communicating to a variety of
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audiences who are ‘stakeholders’ in your w
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Communication
Skills 3:
Presenting to
International
Conferences and
the academic
viva

A final stage course in advanced communication skills, which develops themes
introduced in Communication 1 and 2. This course will focus on international
conferences, funding presentations, and importantly, key interview situations
such as the academic viv
a.


We will develop issues of confidence and presentation style from previous
workshops and also explore the nature and behaviour of your audiences.
Their moods, aspirations, expectations and (sometimes) hidden agendas.


You will leave with an increased a
wareness of how to persuade and influence
tough audiences. A core workshop for PhD candidates thinking of the final
stages of their current research and their future careers.


24/10/
20
12

14/11/2012

28/11/2012


All 3
rd
/final year students across all
faculti
es

From Conference
Paper to
Publication


Course Aim:

Publication of research is crucial in an increasingly competitive job market.
This course aims to enhance students’ skills in reworking a conference paper
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By the end of the course, participants will
:





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incorporating readers’ reports and negotiating revisions


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Effective Small
group learning
For International
Students


Learning through collaboration in small groups is increasingly incorporated
into university programmes in tutorials, seminars, laboratory work and/or
joint projects. International postgraduate students may be unused to this
format, and thus unable to use e
ffective and transferable interpersonal skills
for successful group/teamwork interaction.

05/11/2012


All students across all faculti
es


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The content includes an introduction to the dynamics of small group learning;
the purposes and advantages of working with others; oral presentation skills;
face
-
to
-
face communication strategies and intercultural fluency. Students gain
confidence, social/linguistic dexterity, and a deeper understanding of the
importance of small group learning in a UK university environment.

Impact and
Research
Communication
Skills


Course aim:

to develop the necessary skills for effectively communicating the
significance and value of your research, beyond the immediate environment
of fellow
-
specialists in your own discipline.


Learnin
g outcomes:



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24I01I2013


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Preparing &
Delivering a
Conference
Paper


Aim:

Effective project planning and the communication of research results
are fundamental to researcher development. This workshop focuses on a
central activit
y of researchers in higher education, the preparation and
delivery of a conference paper, beginning with the proposal and submission
of an abstract to the drafting of a text and strategies for its oral delivery.


By the end of the course participants wil
l:



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05I12I2012


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The Engaging
Researcher

This event will provide researchers with the resources and time to develop
their knowledge and plan for public engagement activity. You will have time
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All students across all faculties

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to consider how your research can link into public engagement activities
involving a wide range of audie
nces.

During the session you will hear from Professor Tony Gallagher on the role of
Public Engagement in the research impact agenda and examples of public
engagement activity undertaken by Queen’s researchers. There will also be a
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Getting your
Work Published
-

A Publisher’s
Perspective


This half day course has been developed specifically to introduce PhD
students to
the practical issues involved in getting their work published in
books and journals. Topics covered will include targeting and approaching
editors and publishers, presenting book proposals, submitting articles to
journals, dealing with proofs and the impli
cations of publication choices on
academic career development. The course is led by a member of staff with
experience in academic journal editing, together with a representative from
an academic publishing house.


By the end of the course, participants wi
ll:



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Have gained an appreciation of the perspective of academic
publishers and journal editors.

06/03/2013

24/04/2013


All 2nd/3rd/final

students across all faculties


Networking for
21
st

Century


Part 1:
Networking
Fundamentals

This interactive workshop will explore what networking is and its role in
modern career management and job search. Its

will identify key criteria
required for successful networking and what attitudes and behaviours
underlie success. Emphasis will be on networking skills for building
relationships through face to face meetings, events and conferences and in
exploring and
developing a personal networking strategy and action plan.



Each student to prepare a short summary of their current research (no more
than 10 sentences), including aims, achievements to date and future research
objectives. This needs to be typed and brou
ght with them to the class for use
13/02/2013

18/04/2013

All year students across all faculties

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35

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as a networking tool.

Networking for
21
st

Century


Part 2: Online
Networking for
Researchers

This interactive workshop will explore:



Recap on networking fu
ndamentals and key networking success criteria;


What social networking is
-

similarities / differences to face to face activities;


Benefits and usage for career development and job search;Preparation
required before engaging in online networking;


Assess
ing your digital footprint and shadow and how to clean up digital dirt;


First Impressions


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Making an
Impact? Publicly
Engaged
Research for
Postgraduates

This course will offer postgraduate research students an opportunity to
consider how their research may be relevant and interesting to society. There
will be an opportunity to discuss the growing importance of Public
Engagement with research

and how this links to research impact. The
workshop will be led by Beatrice Korc, Director, Science and Society
Department, University of Lyon in France. There will also be contributions
from Dr Catherine Bates, Co
-
ordinator of Students Learning with Co
mmunities
at Dublin Institute for Technology and Queen’s who will share examples of
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Understanding
Chinese Society,
Culture &
Etiquette

China is a top three research partner for the UK in Computer Science,
Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering, and agreement has been
rea
ched on immediate priorities and further areas for research cooperation
(http://ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=613635282)


The main challenges for collaborative researchers are Language, Culture and
Management styles/Hierarchy. Reference to Hof
stede's (2001) theoretical
constructs of cultural dimensions and an exploration of Chinese socio
-
cultural
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concepts may assist in understanding the latter two. This session will seek to
examine these, as well as address important aspects of behavioural etiq
uette.



This course has been designed for participants who are unfamiliar with
Chinese culture.

Poster Design
Layout & Writing
Workshop

An exciting, interactive course that has been very popular in the past and now
returns due to demand. This new version of the course looks at design as a
behaviour rather than a skill and focuses of poster layout, content and the use
of the written word t
o attract and engage your audience.


We'll look at great posters of the past from the Renaissance to the 20th
century and we'll discuss why many academic posters fail to wow their
audience but have the potential to do so!


Participants will learn:


layou
t, storyboarding and basic elements of graphic design.


Poster writing techniques will be explored and encouraged.


All participants will leave with a 'live' analog poster of their own design to
turn into a digital copy in the future.

23/04/2013

All 2nd/3r
d/final

students across all faculties