Aims/Description: This course enables students' high-level engagement with the research culture of their discipline, integrates them within a cohort of PhD students within which there is active peer-to-peer learning, and prepares them to be reflexive learners within the PhD process itself. The module is taught through a combination of cohort-based student workshops, individual review meetings, and attendance at and reflection on discipline-specific research activities both within the University (such as Departmental Research Seminars) and beyond (such as national and international conferences and workshops in their discipline).

Staff Contact: Dr Andrew Cox
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: The module will be assessed through two methods:1) A record of attendance (5%). This will document all aspects of relevant research training/events attended over the period of registration for the module, and to pass students should participate in at least the minimum number of hours for each of the core activities (introductory meetings, review meetings, workshops and other professional research events). This record partially demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes 1 and 4.2) A 3000-word reflective portfolio (95%). This will describe and critically reflect on the development of their understanding of research in their discipline, on the PhD process, and on their own role within their cohort of doctoral students and the Department's research clusters. Content will be driven by key individual challenges for development identified within the student's TNA (and the underlying set of skills identified within the Research Development Framework). Students will select examples of training events or other activities or undertaken to address their development needs, and reflect on the value/outcomes of these in developing their skills and competences.Students will be required to pass both elements of assessment.

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