Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Research Planning

Booking: these courses generally open for booking one month in advance of the shown date. If you do not see a live booking link please check back nearer the course date.

Cancelling: If you need to cancel your booking, please do so at your earliest opportunity and at least 3 days before the event. Someone else may be able to take your place, but we need time to contact them. Also, although you are not charged for an event, there are costs we incur (e.g. photocopying) which relate directly to places reserved.

How to cancel: you can cancel your booking via the MyEd Event Booking Channel. Go to MyEd and then the Event Booking Channel. Click on "My Bookings" - here you will have the option to cancel your place.

We maintain attendance registers; unexpected absences will be noted. If you consistently fail to attend, or repeatedly cancel with very short notice, you may be prevented from booking future IAD events.

Beating Writer's Block (CAHSS)

Description

You know you need to start (or continue) to write – so what is stopping you? Writer’s block can occur at any stage in the process of writing a PhD, and will have an impact on both your productivity and your well-being. In this workshop, we look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your writing and your confidence

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

 1. Understand and critically reflect on the causes of writer’s block and how it affects the writing process

2. Identify and apply strategies that can be used to manage periods when writing is challenging

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Monday 23-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

Beginners Guide to Imaging for CMVM, CAHSS and CSCE Students

Description

About the course: This is a 10-week course delivered through online distance learning within the University’s e-learning platform, Learn.

What will I learn? This self-paced, online course, gives a basic understanding of the history of imaging, an explanation about each imaging modality (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET and SPECT), as well as giving a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis.  This is a great starting point for those working on research projects in many different areas, including medicine, engineering, science, psychology and art.

If students wish to learn more about a particular modality or technique, they can progress onto the Edinburgh Imaging Academy ODL CPD teaching materials – which are offered as ‘read only’ for a vastly reduced price of £15 per 10 credits.

Target audience: We have had students from a wide range of disciplines including:

-       Political Studies – interested in using fMRI to assess people’s thoughts

-       Anatomy & Biology students – to gain a basic background in imaging

-       Psychology & Cognitive Science – understanding tools & techniques

-       College of Art – interested in using images for 3D design

-       Engineering, Physics & Chemistry

-       Veterinary Science & Bioscience

-       Medical & Biomedical Science students

When does it start? Monday 14th October - 16th December 2019

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

Want to learn more about one imaging modality or analysis tool?  Once students have grasped the basics, they may wish to go on to study a full 10 credit course in Light Microscopy or Image Processing. If they wish to gain credits then the PPD option is best, if not the CPD read only option is available.

The Edinburgh Imaging Academy offers the online CPD option, by giving students ‘read only’ access to the teaching material used in our ODL Master programs, for £15 per 10 credit course. Simply book through – http://bit.ly/EdinPhD .

For information on Edinburgh Imaging, and our imaging facilities based at the Clinical Research Imaging Centre, the Brain Research Imaging Centre, IGMM and The Roslin Institute – please visit www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-imaging

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the history of imaging

2. Identify different imaging modalities and how and when they should be used

3. Apply a basic understanding of image processing and image analysis to their own research project

BookingsThere are currently no events scheduled for this course. Please check back later.

How to Be Your Own Best Editor (CAHSS)

Description

Skillful editing will transform a rough early draft into a polished final version. This workshop will equip you with strategies for editing effectively. We will identify key aspects of  high-quality writing and explore how to achieve those. Working with a short draft, you will learn to focus on different levels of your text and make appropriate editorial decisions.

Pre-course Work

Please bring a piece of academic writing that you are currently working on, eg the first couple of pages of a chapter or a paper; bring two printed copies if possible.  Work in progress is fine. Please also bring a laptop if you have one.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 17-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
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Is My Writing 'Academic' Enough? (CAHSS)

Description

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and clear? This workshop explores the standards and  conventions (as well as the myths) that surround writing in an academic context. Our focus will be on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

This workshop relates to domains A1 and D2 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have attended 'The Writing Process - Getting Started'

This workshop is open to All PhD and MScR students in CAHSS

Pre Course Information

Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop. Work in progress is fine.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Understand and describe the standards and expectations associated with academic writing

2. Recognise different linguistic and stylistic choices 

3. Reflect on personal writing style and critically compare against academic writing conventions

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Tuesday 25-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Central Area
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.

The Writing Process: Getting Started (CAHSS)

Description

For many researchers, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a PhD. How do you know whether you are ready to turn ideas and outcomes into text? How do you overcome that sense of overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify key steps to getting started with academic writing

2. Identify the process of developing a first draft

This course relates to domains A1, A2, A3, and D2 of the RDF.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years PhD HSS All Years
Date Friday 28-Feb-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue TBC TBC
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Writing a Literature Review (CAHSS)

Description

The literature review is a key component of a PhD because it motivates and contextualises key research issues. But developing a review is a complex task that involves taking effective notes and shaping these into a coherent piece of writing that launches your research. This workshop offers practical ways of managing this process and beginning to develop a review.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of a literature review

2. Identify practical processes for writing a literature review

This wokshop relates to domains A1, A2, and D2 of the RDF.

Prerequisites

If possible, students should have already attended 'Effective Writing: The Writing Process'

Pre-Course Work

Please bring printed copy of an article (by an author other than yourself) that you are familiar with and are planning to incorporate into your literature review.

EligibilityMScR HSS All Years
Date Monday 02-Mar-2020, 09:30 - 12:30
Venue Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane, EH8 8FP Holyrood
Bookings This event is not yet open for booking. Please check back later.