Research Skills Seminar Series

This seminar series focuses on several aspects of knowledge and skills which engineering graduate research students are encouraged to have for research communication.

Copyright ‎in Engineering Research and Publication

Every time you post something online, write code or research your chosen field, you are using and creating ‎copyright material. But do you understand your rights and responsibilities under copyright? Learn how ‎to avoid copyright pitfalls with this session, where we will look at the differences between creative ‎commons, GPL and MIT licences, discuss open access options, and answer any of your copyright ‎questions.


Search Strategies for Engineering Research

When undertaking a research project, using Google Scholar is not enough to ensure that you are staying up-to-date with developments in your research area. There are other databases you will need to access. During Search Strategies for Engineering Research, you will be introduced to specialised databases, and learn how to search their content strategically and effectively through hands-on experience. Participants will leave with an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various databases, and an appreciation of how to develop an effective search strategy to find and access a range of topic-specific research material.


Understanding Research/Researcher Metrics

In Understanding Research/er Metrics, participants will learn about traditional and alternative metrics, and will use tools to interrogate and analyse them. Areas relating to metrics, including research/er promotion, will also be considered. Participants will leave with an understanding of a variety of metrics (including article, author, and journal metrics) – how they’re calculated, the different purposes they serve, and how they can be used to build intelligence and promote achievements.


God is in the Detail – Error Analysis and the Determination of Significance

Date: Friday 6 August
Time: 1 - 3pm
Location: Online/Zoom

On July 4, 2012, in a joint seminar at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Australia, preliminary results were announced indicating that a new particle, the Higg’s boson, in the mass region around 125 GeV had been observed at a ‘5 sigma’ significance level. Acknowledging that all measurements, including those performed at the Large Hadron Collider, are subject to some amount of uncertainty, this seminar will examine error analysis, statistical significance, and hypothesis testing. As an introductory seminar, this will provide you with fundamental skills to appropriately analyze and interpret experimental data, and to perform statistical analysis, error propagation analysis, and significance testing to characterize the uncertainty in experimental data.