Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Skills help for our Faculty of Science readers (particularly undergrad/early postgrad)

Just announced for the autumn term - skills workshops available to all, but particularly those early in their academic writing careers (final year undergrad/early postgrad). And if you think of something not already on offer, be sure to get in touch with the Learning Support office!


Learning Support Workshops for autumn 2015 (Faculty of Science)
These workshops are for anybody in the Faculty of Science to attend.
Each Workshop lasts around 50 minutes. The sessions are relaxed and friendly and provide knowledge to help you to develop your academic skills and gain good marks in your coursework.
If you want to attend any session just turn up on time in St Michael’s Building, room 0.10.
There is no booking needed. Attendance will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be no admission after the session has started.
For any topic with multiple dates, they are repeats, not a course. Only attend one session.
If you can’t make a session you really want to attend, please contact me at sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk and I will try and arrange a session for you. If there is a subject (such as poster presentations, reflective writing, project proposals) that you’d like a workshop on, please also get in touch.


Workshop
Date
Day
Time
Room
Essays; planning, structure and editing
21/10/15
Wed
4 pm – 4.50pm
SM0.10
Essays; introductions, paragraphs, conclusions
27/10/15
Tues
11am - 11.50am
SM0.10
Referencing using APA 6
2/11/15
Mon
3pm - 3.50pm
SM0.10
Planning and organising a literature review
11/11/15
Wed
3pm - 3.50pm
SM0.10
Critical writing
17/11/15
Tues
11am - 11.50am
SM0.10
Planning and organising a primary research project
23/11/15
Mon
3pm - 3.50pm
SM0.10
Referencing using APA 6
4/12/15
Fri
11am - 11.50am
SM0.10
Critical writing
7/12/15
Mon
11am - 11.50am
SM0.10










Essays; planning, structure and editing
An interactive look at how to plan, research, structure and polish your essays, so that they stand out.

Essays; introductions, paragraphs, conclusions
What makes a great introduction? How should I structure paragraphs? How do I write a good conclusions paragraph? This session will explore all these questions.

Referencing using APA 6
Why do we reference? What and when should I reference? How should I reference? How do I deal with unusual sources? This is a dynamic session tailored to answer your questions about using APA (sometimes referred to as Harvard APA).
(If you are on a course which uses Vancouver and would like an equivalent session, please contact sci.learningsupport@port.ac.uk).

Planning and organising a literature review For year 3 (level 6) students and above.
A literature review is a very specific type of task and one which is hard to carry out well. This workshop will discuss methods, approaches, analysis, structure and function of a literature review, using a practical perspective. It will highlight what a literature review should do, where students go wrong in writing

Critical writing
When a lecturer asks to see critical analysis or critical thinking, what do they actually want to see? This workshop looks at ways of analysing academic texts and writing critical analysis.

Planning and organising a primary research project
For year 3 (level 6) students and above. Organising and carrying out your project or dissertation can be a daunting task. How do you plan a task like this? How much time is there? How much work should you do? How is it organised and what should it contain? This session will give you the answers that you need.

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