Introductory Seminar Series

The introductory seminar series aims to help new graduate research students understand different genres of engineering research communication, focusing on the purpose, audience, structure and language conventions.

Context Matters: Telling a Research Story

Date: Monday 30 March
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

The introduction of a research article or report plays an important role in contextualizing and promoting one’s research. However, writing it can be challenging as one has to establish a niche for their research by referring to previous studies in the field and emphasizing possible existing gaps in the literature. This seminar presents a problem-solution based writing model to help graduate research students to structure and write the introduction of a research article or a report.

Repeat session

Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom


Writing a Literature Review

Date: Monday 6 April
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

Literature review is a vital first step in any research project. In this seminar, we learn how to plan, structure, and then write a good review.

Repeat session

Date: Tuesday 15 September
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom


Writing the Confirmation Report

Date: Monday 20 April
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom

In this seminar, the guidelines for writing the confirmation report will be explained. We will discuss how to structure and write the report, and make an effective oral presentation to the milestone review panel.

Repeat session

Date: Tuesday 22 September
Time: 2 - 3:30pm
Location: Online/Zoom


Writing a Research Paper

Date: Monday 4 May
Time: 2 - 4pm
Location: Online/Zoom

What do you need to do to get a paper published? What do reviewers expect? We look at how to write successful conference and journal papers, with clear structure and convincing argument.

Repeat session

Date: Wednesday 30 September
Time: 2 - 4pm
Location: Online/Zoom


How to avoid plagiarism

Date: Thursday 13 August
Time: 1 - 2pm
Location: Online/Zoom

Plagiarism comes in various forms. This seminar discusses the various types of plagiarism and how graduate research students can avoid committing plagiarism when writing their reports or papers.