Professional Development Week for Research Postgraduate Students

Friday, 12 December, 2008 (All day) to Wednesday, 14 January, 2009 (All day)

Why not copy-cut-paste? How writing at university really works and how to avoid plagiarism

Date: 12 Dec 2008

Presenter: Ms Jude Carroll, Oxford Brookes University

This session was a mix of seminar presentation explaining why avoiding plagiarism is important and 'how to' tips on academic writing, so you would be sure to use sources correctly. The speaker covered why you need to write 'in your own words' and why you must not take others' work without giving credit. To do this requires more than just learning to use references. These skills are not easy but they are vital for you in becoming a recognised and valued member of your discipline community, as well as being key to making sure your dissertation is not returned for plagiarism!

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Avoiding Plagiarism in Your Thesis

Date: 14 Jan 2009

Presenter: Ms Victoria F Caplan, Library

This session was delivered by Victoria F Caplan (Library). It covered the basics of avoiding plagiarism: (1) how to use others' ideas and data in academic writing; (2) Basic References (in-text citations and Bibliography).

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Presentation Skills for Research Seminars and Conference Papers

Date: 15 Jan 2009

Presenter: Ms Christine Chow, CELT

This session was delivered by Christine Chow (CELT) and has covered the Big Six principles that help participants to prepare, construct and deliver successful presentations.

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Using Email as Effective Communication Tool

Date: 14 Jan 2009

Presenter: Ms Pauline Tse, CELT

This workshop was delivered by Pauline Tse (CELT) and designed for all email users or users who would like to use emails to enhance their communication with others. The session introduced users how to

  • Apply appropriate email etiquette, from professionalism to efficiency;
  • Introduce various email templates for different occasions, such as sending request email or sending announcements / reminders; and
  • Provide hands-on practice to familiarize with the guidelines of writing better email

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