Skills Training - Graduate Researcher Development

Skills Training - Graduate Researcher Development

Professional development activities are categorised into three Modules:

  1. Compulsory Module.
  2. Discipline Enhanced Development Module x 40 hours.
  3. Graduate Researcher Development Module x 80 hours.

Graduate Research Activity Management System (GRAMS) is an all-encompassing online system that has been designed to support you in the management of your professional development activities. For information on how to view and register for activities refer to the GRAMS webpage.

The Compulsory Module is made up of three activities:

  1. Monash Graduate Research Induction (online activity);
  2. Faculty Induction;
  3. Research Integrity (online activity).

Research Integrity Modules: you must click the 'Register' button for this activity in GRAMS otherwise your completion will not be recorded.  All graduate research students must successfully complete this activity before your Confirmation Milestone. Once you have registered for GRAMS copy and paste this link and select the Natural and Physical Sciences content.

Faculty of Science - Discipline Enhanced Development - Biological Sciences Program

To successfully complete the requirements of The Monash Doctoral Program, students will need to complete a minimum of 40 hours from the following development activities:

Communicating Science' Skills Training: An intensive workshop on the fundamentals of communicating technical information to a general audience, whether it be through print, television, radio, the web or an oral presentation.  (25 hours)

Programming in R:  A series of independent exercises teaching the use of R programming for statistical analysis. A precursor for the advanced statistics course.  (40 hours). 
Learning tools at:  S:\Sci-Biol\School-HDR-Resources\PhD Skills Training\Programming in R

Advanced Statistics:  Intensive workshop training on statistical analysis to include a frequentist review, multivariate approaches and Bayesian methods. While there is some discussion of theory the focus is on practice using contextualised examples in the biological sciences.  (40 hours).  
Learning tools at: S:\Sci-Biol\School-HDR-Resources\PhD Skills Training\Biol Sci - Advanced Statistics

Basic Phylogenetics:  Covers the basics of DNA alignment and phylogenetic reconstruction methods including distance, parsimony and maximum likelihood approaches. (16 hours)
Learning tools at: S:\Sci-Biol\School-HDR-Resources\PhD Skills Training\Intro to Phylogenetics

Intro to Genomics:  Covers the basics of database usage for studying genomes and gene function. (16 hours).
Learning tools at: S:\Sci-Biol\School-HDR-Resources\PhD Skills Training\Intro to Genomics

Writing Techniques for Biological Journals:  Using a "writer's circle" style, led by an academic expert, students will meet frequently over a several week period to focus on large scale issues in writing - paragraph structure, parallel structure of sections, logical flow of ideas, and developing a narrative theme.  (16 hours).
Learning tools at: S:\Sci-Biol\School-HDR-Resources\PhD Skills Training\Publishing and writing workshops

Graduate Researcher Development Module x 80 hours. 

Contains a selection of research, professional and career related development activities designed to establish you as a researcher and give you a competitive edge when it comes to employment opportunities. All of the activities in this Module are categorised into the following eight Learning Domains:

  1. Research Essentials;
  2. Managing your Career;
  3. Publishing, Communication and Dissemination;
  4. The Professional Toolkit;
  5. Networking and Collaboration;
  6. Leading Projects and People;
  7. Graduate Researchers who Teach;
  8. The International Experience (available in 2016).

Each Learning Domain will have a Foundation Activity which provides an overview of the Learning Domain and gives context to the supporting activities within the domain. It is highly recommended you undertake the Foundation Activity prior to any other activities within the Learning Domain.

A baseline survey has been designed to assist you in gauging your current skills and competencies within in each of the Learning Domains. You are encouraged to discuss the results of your survey with your supervisory team at your initial meeting/s, for use in planning activities and to ensure you get the most out of what the Graduate Researcher Development Module has to offer.