A Research Degree Toolkit Enhancing Postgrad Environments

A Research Degree Toolkit

This interactive map provides extensive information on every stage of the research journey. Click your way around and find answers to common questions.

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Advice for prospective postgraduate students_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

Advice for prospective postgraduate students

Postgraduate scholars discuss issues you should consider before you register.
Video: 9 minutes

Bringing The Humans Into Humanities_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Bringing the Humans into Humanities

Ethical considerations around the need for mutually respectful and beneficial engagement are discussed by reflecting on a case study by History PG scholars working with a variety of community members.
Video: 8 minutes

Career Development Resources EPE

Career Development Resources

Planning for a career after postgraduate studies cannot wait until graduation. This short video discusses some of the ways in which PG scholars can plan for their future.
Video: 4 minutes

Choosing the right journal_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Choosing the right journal

This video takes you through some of the considerations you need to bear in mind when choosing a journal for your academic publication.
Video: 5 minutes

Cohort Supervision_ a creative approach to dealing with supervision challenges_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

Cohort Supervision: a creative approach to dealing with supervision challenges

This video looks at alternatives to the one-on-one supervision model. Three supervisors discuss the benefits of PG programmes.
Video: 6 minutes

Crafting An Argument_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Crafting an argument

This video looks at what ‘argument’ means in academic writing and how you can develop one.
Video: 4 minutes

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Deciding to do a Doctoral Degree?

Advancement of research and innovations capacity is a basis upon which, sustainable socio-technological developments can be built. Increasing the number of doctoral graduates can improve this potential.

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Deciding to do a Master’s Degree?

New information suggests that many students delay pursuing post graduate studies, due to lack of related insight on what is possible. This video captures plight of affected students, and offers illustrative guidance on key considerations.

Early Career Academics- Balancing work and thesis Postgrad Environments

Early Career Academics: Balancing work and thesis

Balancing work, families and studies is difficult. This short video helps young academics with this juggling act.
Video: 4 minutes

ethical research supervision_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Ethical Research Supervision

Most discussions about ethics focus on the research design, but this short video by a very experienced supervisor looks at ethical matters within the supervisory relationship itself.
Video: 6 minutes

Finding the right supervisor EPE

Finding the right programme & supervisor

Starting postgraduate studies can be daunting. This video looks at issues to take into account when selecting where and with whom to register.
Video: 6 minutes

Formative Feedback (For Supervisors)_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Formative feedback (for supervisors)

Giving feedback on student writing is crucial in assisting them to develop academic writing practices, to find an authorial voice and to ensure a coherent argument. But many supervisors battle with how to do this.
Video: 6 minutes

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Getting the feedback you need (for students)

Getting feedback from your supervisor that can help you to progress can be a challenge. This video offers some advice on how to get the feedback you need and how to use it constructively.
Video: 5 minutes

Guidelines for writing funding proposals: Advice from funding managers EPE

Guidelines for writing funding proposals: Advice from funding managers

Students and supervisors often have to develop the practice of writing grant proposals. This video provides a few ‘do and don’t’ tips
Video: 5 minutes

How is good scientific writing like good cooking

How is good science writing like good cooking?

This short video looks at how we draw on different texts to make an argument, much as we might follow a recipe and then add a special twist of our own when cooking.
Video: 5 minutes

Enhancing Postgaduate Environments How to approach a potential supervisor-

How to approach a potential supervisor?

Prospective postgraduate students often send emails to supervisors along the lines of “Hey Prof, I wanna do a PhD”. This video suggests a more professional approach
Video: 3 minutes

In-depth Qualitative Interview Postgrad Environments

In-depth Qualitative Interview

This video draws on supervisors and PhD scholars to reflect on how one should undertake interviews to collect data.
Video: 5 minutes

Just Write Postgrad Environments

Just Write

Most PG scholars do not know the extent of pre-writing needed before one can draft a coherent text for a reader. This video includes tips and suggestions from experienced supervisors and PG scholars.
Video: 9 minutes

Keeping a Reading Journal_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Keeping a Reading Journal

PG scholars often battle to draw on other people’s texts in ways that demonstrate mastery of the field along with a strong authorial voice. A reading journal is a useful translation device to move from the texts of others to crafting a text of your own.
Video: 5 minutes

Keeping a Research Journal_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Keeping a Research Journal

This video looks at keeping a diary during your research journey in which you note thoughts as they pop up, reflect on progress and set personal goals.
Video: 4 minutes

Linking research questions and research methods_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Linking research questions and research methods

Two experienced supervisors look at the relationship between the research question and all subsequent methodological decisions.
Video: 9 minutes

Off-campus Access to Library Databases

Off-campus Access to Library Databases

Students are often unaware of the resources made available to them by the expensive databases that their libraries subscribe to. This short video stresses the importance of sorting out off-campus access to such databases. It also shows the difference between Google Scholar for ordinary people and the many resources offered by Google Scholar if you access it via your library.
Video: 4 minutes

Overview Of Honours Degree Postgrad Environments

Overview of Honours Degree

What is an Honours Degree? What is expected of me? How long should it take? These questions are all answered in various national policies, which are illustrated here in one beautiful poster.
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Overview Of Master’s Degree Postgrad Environments

Overview of Master’s Degree

What is a Master’s Degree? What is expected of me? How long should it take? These questions are all answered in various national policies, which are illustrated here in one beautiful poster.
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Overview Of PhD Postgrad Environments

Overview of PhD

What is a Doctorate? What is expected of me? How long should it take? These questions are all answered in various national policies, which are illustrated here in one beautiful poster.
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Overview of Postgraduate Diploma

What is a PG Dip? What is expected of me? How long should it take? These questions are all answered in various national policies, which are illustrated here in one beautiful poster.
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PG Studies In Project Teams Postgrad Environments

PG Studies in Project Teams

South African Higher Education still relies on the one-on-one model of supervision as the dominant approach. In this video, PG scholars who are part of project teams and doctoral programmes reflect on what this offers them.
Video: 9 minutes

Plotting a paper from your thesis_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Plotting a paper from your thesis

Disseminating your research in the form of journal articles is very desirable but it isn’t a simple task of summarizing the work. This video shows how to move from a lengthy thesis to a stand-alone argument for a journal article or book chapter.
Video: 5 minutes

predatory journals_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Predatory Journals: How to identify and avoid them

This brief tutorial defines “predatory journals” and their major characteristics. It provides information to help novice academics to avoid this trap.

reading a journal article_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Reading a journal article: techniques and skills

This brief PowerPoint presentation with voice over describes how to read journal articles and collating information using the rhetorical moves approach.

Research design and methods EPE

Research design and methods

The relationship between methodology, methods and theory is often confusing. This short video explains what each is and how they relate to each other.
Video: 4 minutes

Research Frameworks_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Research Frameworks

What is a research framework? This short video discusses conceptual, theoretical and analytical frameworks and how these can coherently form a structure for your study.
Video: 4 minutes

Research Identity Conceptualization_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Research Identity and Conceptualization

This brief power point presentation with voice over explains Research Identity and Conceptualization. The presentation is segmented into three (3) lecture series.

Responding to reviewers_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Responding to reviewers

Getting reviews on academic journal articles can be hard. This video looks at how to manage getting both good and bad feedback and how to engage with the editor around required revisions.
Video: 5 minutes

scientific method_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

Scientific Method and Ethical Considerations

What are the ethical issues that underpin our research decisions? This video looks back at the emergence of scientific method to raise a few considerations in this regard.
Video: 9 minutes

Selecting a Journal for your publication EPE

Selecting a Journal for your publication

This three-part series of videos looks at all the issues you need to take into account when selecting a journal.
Part 1: Pressure to publish
This 6-minute video looks at some of the consequences of the pressure to publish.
Part 2: Accredited and open access journals
This 10-minute video looks at all the issues an academic author should take into account when selecting a journal – including what journals are accredited for funding in the SA system and information about open access.
Part 3: Predatory publications
This 5-minute video looks at the rise of predatory publication and cautions us to join a vibrant intellectual conversation rather than waste our research on publications that won’t be read.

Setting up your digital workspace_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

Setting up your digital workspace

We spend hours and hours at our computers when we’re busy with research. But we rarely consider how best to set up our physical and digital workspaces. This video suggests a few issues to take into account.
Video: 9 minutes

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Social Justice in Research

This video looks at the impetus to consider social justice issues in our research design. The video takes the form of a workshop with a number of questions with time for you to respond. Can be done individually or in a group.
Video: 20 minutes

STEM students_ Strategies to deal with research related challenges_enhancing_postgraduate_environments

STEM students: Strategies to deal with research related challenges

The transition from UG to PG can be challenging. Here students in STEM fields reflect on project management and planning.
Video: 10 minutes

Supporting Academic Writing Practices in Postgraduate Studies Enhancing Postgraduate Environments

Supporting Academic Writing Practices in Postgraduate Studies

This booklet includes practical advice and guidance on developing postgraduate writing. A very useful resource with lots of tasks.
Booklet with activities.

The Ethics of Research using Human Participants

This video provides an introductory overview of ethical considerations when working with human participants.
Video: 4 minutes

The Examination Process: assessment of written theses or dissertations Post grad environments

The Examination Process: assessment of written theses or dissertations

This material leads you in an interactive way through the examination process. A varied range of interactive exercises, resource texts, videos and real life examples stimulates supervisors and graduate students to think about their tasks and roles.

The examination process_ auditing your work before submitting it for examination Enhancing Postgraduate Environments

The examination process: auditing your work before submitting it for examination

This video by an experienced supervisor looks at what needs to be done before your final thesis is submitted.
Video: 9 minutes

The importance of transferable skills Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

The importance of transferable skills

There is increasing emphasis on the ways in which PG education can provide skills beyond the specific study. This short video looks at what skills PG scholars have developed.
Video: 5 minutes

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The misuses of Turnitin and other text-matching software

Turnitin is a popular tool amongst PG scholars and supervisors – but it is often misunderstood and this can have disastrous results!
Video: 10 minutes

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The Thesis as Argument

PG scholars are told that they need to have a coherent argument across their thesis – but what does this really mean and how is it developed?
Video: 10 minutes

Theory and concepts in PG research_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Theory and concepts in PG research

Postgraduate scholars are expected to work with theory and complex concepts in multiple ways – and these all need to align in a coherent manner. This video considers the role of theory in the contextual framing, the conceptual framing and the methodological framing of the study.
Video: 7 minutes

Training And Resources In Research Ethics Evaluation_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation

This interactive, on-line training resource provides free research ethics training with a specific focus on the capacity building needs of African countries. The seven training modules cover various ethical dilemmas. Materials developed by the Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation consortium.

PG Journey_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Understanding the PG journey & process

Many students delay or end up avoiding post graduate studies, often due to misperceptions on what the process entails. This video captures students in this predicament.

Mendeley using technology to your advantage_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Using technology to your advantage: Mendeley (Part 1-6)

This 6 part video series provides an in-depth explanation of how to use the free Mendeley reference manager effectively during your research process. With this application you can integrate all your literature into one platform that can be accessed on any device, anywhere and anytime, allowing you to stay organised.

What is Theory_ Using a Theoretical Framework EPE

What is Theory? Using a Theoretical Framework

Students are often told that their studies have to be underpinned by theory but we very rarely point out what theory is. This short video provides an accessible understanding.
Video: 4 minutes