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FIT5144 Research strategies and skills - Full year, 2015

This unit is an elective designed for PhD and Master of Philosophy students. It focuses on the development of strategies and skills to complement and support PhD and Masters research studies, and prepare students for a career in research. PhD students are expected to complete FIT5144 before their Mid-Candidature/Progress Review.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Flexible)
  • Malaysia (Flexible)

Workload Requirements

Equivalent of 48 hours of face-to-face contact/class time plus 96 hours of individual study time.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Sue McKemmish

Consultation hours: Email for appointment time

Clayton

Sue McKemmish

Consultation hours: Email for appointment time

Malaysia

Simon Egerton

Consultation hours: Email for appointment time

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

This unit is being offered for the first time in 2015.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
  • develop and implement a publication strategy;
  • manage research data and IP;
  • develop and implement research funding strategies;
  • apply entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to commercialising research;
  • communicate and publish research findings in different forms to a range of different audiences in academic, industry and community forums;
  • plan and organise PhD and Masters research, using the milestones to ensure timely completion;
  • apply a range of generic and professional research skills to enhance future employability and plan a career in research.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 The unit comprises workshops, boot camps and other research strategies and skills training activities. To complete the unit, students must participate in workshops, bootcamps and other activities totalling the equivalent of 48 hours class time and 96 hours of other activities, including reading, preparation and undertake associated assessment tasks. The topics, the contents and the number of the workshops, boot camps and other activities offered may vary yearly depending on the need of the student cohort. Workshops and other activities may be sourced from outside the Faculty; and these workshops must be approved by the unit coordinator. The teaching methods will include workshops, boot camps, lectures and/or seminars/practical work to reinforce the learning by actively engaging students. Moodle, Alexandria and MULO will be used to facilitate participation and teaching material delivery. See the Moodle site for information about workshops and other activities. The unit runs throughout the year. There are no weekly lectures or tutorials in this unit. Check the Moodle site for more information. about Assessments and due dates.
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  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken during SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Other
The teaching methods will include workshops, boot camps, seminars and other research strategy and skills development activities to reinforce the learning by actively engaging students.

This approach enables development of strategies and skills to complement and support PhD and Masters research studies, and prepare students for a career in research.

Assessment Summary

In-semester assessment: 100%
Each workshop, boot camp or other activity will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of results.

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Strategies and Skills Portfolio 100% See Moodle site for details

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Strategies and Skills Portfolio
    Description:
    Each workshop, boot camp or other activity will include an associated assessable task, which will comprise a portfolio of results. Detailed information is provided on the Moodle site.
    Weighting:
    100%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Portfolios will be assessed according to the following criteria:

    1. Demonstration of full engagement in workshops, bootcamps or other activities
    2. Reflection on learning outcomes and their relevance to student's research project and future research career
    3. Criteria for individual associated assessable tasks - as per details on Moodle site.
    Due date:
    See Moodle site for details

Learning resources

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Other: Informal feedback relating to your portfolio of activities

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an electronic submission). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Other Information

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Student Charter

Student services

Monash University Library

Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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