Introductory Seminar Series

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

Seminar 1

Context Matters: Telling a Research Story

Date: Monday 26 August
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm

Venue: Room 132 - Building 72‎

Writing about the context for one’s research and narrating a research story can be challenging. This is often reflected in the writing of the introduction or abstract of a research paper or report. In this seminar, participants will be taught to plan and structure their research story with a concept map based on a writing model that can easily be translated into the introduction of a paper or report.

Seminar 2

Using a Planning Matrix to Organise Your Writing

Date: Monday 2 September
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Venua: Room 132 - Building 72‎

Graduate students may get overwhelmed with the great number of research articles when reviewing the literature in their research field. A planning matrix can help them more effectively filter the information they need and organise their notes in a format that can be translated directly into their chapter draft. This seminar will introduce various note-taking approaches and planning matrices for writing a literature review.

Seminar 3

Writing a Literature Review

Date: Monday 9 September
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Room 132 - Building 72‎

What is a literature review? What is the best way to structure and write a good review? This seminar will outline the fundamentals of literature review writing, and guide participants to write a critical discussion on a topic they review in the literature.

Seminar 4

Devising Effective Posters

Date: Monday 16 September
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Room 132 - Building 72‎

In posters, we want to communicate our research findings in a visually attractive way. In this seminar, we examine some strategies for effective visual communication, and design eye-catching posters.

Seminar 5

Writing the Confirmation Report

Date: Monday 23 September
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Room 132 - Building 72‎

In this seminar, the guidelines for writing the report will be explained. Participants will be taught how to structure and write their report, and also make an effective oral presentation to the milestone review panel.