Seminars for research students

You can view all HDR Seminars on the booking system.


Open Forum - Joining the Discourse Community

An open discussion of the 2014 program; getting involved – selection of HDR Panel student members, comments and suggestions. This session also provides an overview of candidature milestones as specified by MIGR.

Opening the conversation: What’s in a thesis?

Writing a research thesis has been described as having a conversation with your peer discourse community. This session is about starting that conversation. We look at conventions and structures in research theses, author agency and developing an authorial voice in research writing.

Working towards confirmation - Mapping the territory

This session focuses on the writing of pre-confirmation candidates. We discuss the structural mechanics of a proposal and how to integrate components effectively as well as choosing research paradigms and epistemologies. There will be opportunities to ask questions and look at samples of good proposals.

Finishing the conversation: Writing conclusions, issues in editing, preparing for examination

The conclusion draws the whole thesis together and succinctly recapitulates the main arguments and main findings, plus possibilities for future work emerging from your thesis. We look at ways of accurately editing and formatting your own writing and discuss the practicalities of preparing your thesis  for  examination.

Searching and managing literature (Part I): Searching the literature and using databases effectively

We look at using Monash databases effectively and productively to understand where and how to find literature relevant to your research and generate researchable questions.

Searching and managing literature (Part II): Using EndNote and APA referencing

Learn about using EndNote fully to support your research - reading, writing and thinking. We will also discuss APA conventions.

Focusing the conversation: Developing research aims and narrowing research questions

A thesis needs clear research aims and questions. We look at the process of refining and focussing your research questions and developing clear understanding of research aims.

Conversations with Others: Ethics Committee applications

The principles and reasons underpinning the Ethics application process focus on ‘Do no harm’. We discuss what this means in practice plus timing and submitting applications, possible problems in writing your application and suggested approaches and data management.

Building the structure: Transition from individual chapters to creating a unified thesis

We discuss developing the thesis from individual chapters to a coherent and connected whole with a strong argument.

Following the conversation: Reading the academic literature effectively

The literature sites your research in your field and justifies your topic. We discuss reading and using the literature to become part of the research conversation in your field and show the value of your study.

Am I doing it right? Pitfalls in academic writing

In the absence of universally accepted academic writing standards, how do I know I am doing it right? What makes writing ‘academic’? We discuss the features common across the different genres of academic writing and the role of the writer’s agency in the process of academic writing.

Candidature Milestones - Progressing through the years

HDR candidates are required to present their work to an expert Panel at three points in their candidature. We discuss how to confidently address the expectations of the Panel as well as your own.

Qualitative and quantitative research - Writing about your research approach and design

Your research approach and design are grounded in the ways you think about and understand the world. We look at some of the ways you can explain your research design and justify your research approach.

Entering the wider debate: Discussing analysed data and making claims about findings

We look at linking analysis of results to the literature. We discuss explicit and implicit meaning in the language used for making claims about findings.

Writing for Publication

HDR students are expected to write articles for journals and chapters for books. In this session academics from the Faculty discuss their experiences in publishing, giving tips on how to get published and how to maximise chances of acceptance.

Self-access materials

If you are unable to take part in a session because of work or other commitments, video recordings of the sessions will be available through Adobe Connect. In addition, electronic copies of all materials used will be available in the ‘HDR’ folder on Moodle (access via My Monash portal) immediately before the commencement of each session. Please contact Anna Podorova if this folder does not show on your Moodle.

Further information

Monash Education Research Community (MERC) also offers on-demand seminars throughout the year. MERC events can be found alongside the following seminars in the Booking System (please choose  ‘HDR seminars’ from ‘Category’).