Stephen Potter

Pub Date: 07/2006
Pages: 320

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Stephen Potter
Lecturer Resources
Welcome to the Lecturer Resources for the Companion Website for Doing Postgraduate Research. The following teaching notes support the book and are available free to instructors who recommend the book on their courses.
Doing Postgraduate Research is designed to be used by research students in all teaching/supervisory circumstances. The way tutors support students and use the resources in the book and on this website will therefore vary according to the number of students involved and frequency of contact.
For part-time and distance-based students, the book can be used as a self-study resource, supported with occasional tutorials. As explained in Chapter 1, the Activities are designed to form the basis of face-to-face or distance tutorials. It is suggested that in such circumstances, tutors ask students to work through a section of the book, undertaking the activities and then submitting the key activities from the Chapter (or chapter section) to the tutor as an assignment, which is then discussed at the next tutorial.
Most of the activities could be used for tutorial discussions, but those particularly suited to tutorial assignments are:
Getting Going: Activities 2.5, 2.6, 2.8 and 2.10
Scoping Your Research: Activity 3.3
Logics of Enquiry: Activities 4.2, 4.3 and 4.5
Planning and Organizing: Activities 5.1, 5.2 and 5.5 (especially 5.5, the research plan presentation)
Academic Writing: Activities 6.9 (which pulls together the previous activities), 6.12 (structuring chapters/paper)
Undertaking a Literature Review: Activities 7.2, 7.4 and 7.5
Doing the Right Thing: Activities 8.2 and 8.5
Ethical Frameworks: Activities 9.1, 9.7, 9.8
Research Presentations: Activities 10.4 (on structuring a presentation) and 10.7 (on dealing with questions). It would be a good idea to cover this with a short departmental presentation in mind.
The Examination Process and Viva: Activities 11.1, 11.3 and 11.5
Developing your Career: Activities 12.2 and 12.3
These can be used straight from the book, but you may wish to adapt them to become more customised to your students and their topic area.
You can also adapt the student activities from the Workshop sessions detailed below. Most of these are based on the book’s activities, but there are some additional ones and more student guidance is given.
The Activities can be used in exactly the same way for tutorials with full time students, either at individual tutorials or at group workshops. More detailed notes for group workshops are provided below.