Research Data Service

Online courses

Digital courses developed by Research Data Service staff to develop your data management skills on your own.

Research Data MANTRA

MANTRA is a free, non-credit, self-paced course designed for postgraduate students and early career researchers which provides guidelines for good practice in research data management. Choose from 8 topical modules, or work your way through them all.

Find out how well you manage your data. Learn how to create a data management plan, securely store and share your data. MANTRA also includes practical exercises on using SPSS, NVivo, R, or ArcGIS for data handling.

Research Data MANTRA

Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC

This free five-week Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) - created by the Universities of Edinburgh and North Carolina - is designed to reach learners across disciplines and continents.

Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project. They are:

  • Understanding Research Data
  • Data Management Planning
  • Working with Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Archiving Data

The MOOC uses the Coursera on-demand format to provide short, video-based lessons and assessments across a five-week period, but learners can proceed at their own pace. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course for a small fee.

Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC (Coursera)

Data Mindfulness: Making the Most of your Dissertation

This is an 8-part introductory online course created especially for undergraduate & PGT students.

The course is structured following the journey you will go through, from thinking of a research question, to conducting a literature search, to managing data (whichever form this takes), to writing up, and dealing with your dissertation data after submission.

Data Mindfulness: Making the most of your dissertation (YouTube playlist)

The above videos are designed to work well alongside the 'Data Mindfulness: Making the most of your dissertation' handbook, although they can be used as training resources independently of each other. 

Data Mindfulness: Make the most of your dissertation data - handbook (v4, Aug 2021) (558.78 KB PDF)

Data Mindfulness on Learn

The Data Mindfulness course is also available on the University on-line learning environment, Learn.

University online learning environment, Learn [University login required]

Within Learn, find the [Self Enrol] tab, near the top of the page. 

Under [Course Catalogue (self-enrol courses)], click 'Browse Course Catalogue' and search for "Data Mindfulness". The course should appear in the results field.

To enrol on the course, select the small grey down arrow next to 'zu_Data_Mindfulness' and select 'Enrol'.

Click 'Submit' to proceed. Once enrolled, this course will appear on your Learn Homepage next time you log in.