Hasibah Mohammad

Graduate School Skills Workshops

1st March 2011:

An Introduction to R

R is rapidly becoming the lingua franca for applied statistical research. Nearly 1,400 add-on packages provide specialised functionality contributed by researchers in many domains. This one day course will provide an overview of R; an \"environment for statistical analysis and programming\".

Intended Learning Outcomes
* How to load data into R from a range of sources
* How to use editors to manage the command line interface
* Data and model objects in R
* Graphical procedures in R
* Basic function writing in R

7th July 2010:

Exeter Research Relay

As a consequence of attending this session, Postgraduate researcher should be able to:
- Present his/her research with competence and confidence to an audience
- Take on board useful feedback from peers assessing his/her presentation in the room

23rd June 2010:

First Impressions: Making an Effective E-Poster Presentation

As a result of this workshop, research postgraduates should be able to:

- Appreciate the advantages of presenting their research in a visual way
- Be aware of how different audiences should influence the choice of text, graphics and layout of a poster
- Make the appropriate impact with their posters by drawing on some of the conventions and techniques featured in the session
- Identify and use presentational devices that will clearly demonstrate or explain their research area.

9th June 2010:

Science and Spin: Communicating our Science to a wider audience

In the end of this session Research Students should be able to:

· Demonstrate a knowledge of current societal attitudes to science and technology
· Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of science communication
· Demonstrate a practical understanding of the different modes of science communication relevant for different audiences
· Write about your research for different non-expert audiences
· Show that you have an understanding of the rights and wrongs of science communication
· Critically assess examples of different styles of science communication

24th May 2010:

SW Universities GRADSchool

From 24-27 May

This course is designed to give you a ‘new eyes’ perspective on you and your work in the company of other researchers.  Through activity, reflection and discussion there is an opportunity to take a different perspective on your work to date and where you are taking it to.  The vision of the course is that it will create a supportive environment to help you to think and plan the next stage of your PhD and the transition that follows it.

Over the four days that were covered the following themes:

Day 1:   Getting to know each other – looking at me as a researcher Using an Interview workshop to extend the knowledge we have of each other on the course and to think about career related issues.

Day 2:   Looking at how my research can connect with other people Looking at how I work together with other people in teams (outdoor exercises)

Day 3:  Looking at how I prefer research to be used in the external world Looking at how I prefer to handle different situations and make decisions

Day 4:  Looking to my future and how my research skills might be used in my wider career Looking to my shorter to medium term future and action planning for it

22nd March 2010:

Going Global: Presenting a conference paper

As a consequence of attending this workshop, postgraduates should be able to:

· Describe the main objectives of academic conferences;
· Prepare a good presentation by adopting simple and robust guidelines;
· Discuss some common presentation mistakes and pitfalls;
· Deliver a well structured and coherent conference paper with minimum hassle and nerves;
· Act as an excellent ambassador for the University of Exeter and their respective schools.

17th March 2010:

Efficient Reading in Research

As a result of this workshop postgraduates should:

. Be able to reduce the load by intelligent selection
. Understand the possibilities (and limitations) of “speed reading”
. Understand how the brain works when reading and remembering and be able to
apply this knowledge when tackling their own reading projects
. Retain more of what they read

18th February 2010:

Exploring Personality

As a result of this workshop, postgraduates should be able to,

- identify the basic elements of personality type
- understand how personality analysis can assist in communicating and working with others
- explore sources of further information

17th February 2010:

Advanced SPSS

Intended Learning Outcomes:

* specifically consider aspects of analysis of variance (ANOVA) but will also consider the value of matching, pairing and repeated methods
* multiple regression and modelling with both covariates and factors will be examined
* correlation concepts will also be covered

16th July 2009:

Nvivo workshop

Analysis and coding of Qualitative Data

19th June 2009:

HUSS/Law Careers in Academia Event

16th June 2009:

Managing Paper Piles: An introduction to EndNote bibliographic referencing

10th June 2009:

Visualising Data: How to present your data accurately in research

As a result of this workshop, research students should be able to:
-Select the most appropriate data presentation type for their research findings;
- Recognise the need to adequately process data before presenting it;
- Avoid accidentally making their data lie, Produce information rich visualisations of your data;
- Avoid presentational gimmicks and understand that you can't present what you don't understand;
- Choose the appropriate software tools for data presentation

15th May 2009:

Reflective Writing

8th April 2009:

Exploring Theory - Developed for students in HUSS, SALL and SELL

17th February 2009:

Viva La Viva: Preparing for the PhD examination

As a result of this workshop postgraduates should be able to:

· Describe the main reasons for conducting viva examinations;
· Apply University submission protocols to your own project;
· Discuss viva structure, format and process;
· Distinguish between the different examination outcomes;
· Decide on the next steps that you need to take in order to prepare well for your viva.

7th January 2009:

Managing your Career: Improving your Interview Technique