Jan 2017

Feb 2017

Submitting your thesis/dissertation/articles to SUNScholar

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
9 Feb 2017 to 9 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
5 Oct 2017 to 5 Oct 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Nov 2017 to 2 Nov 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Are you ready to submit your thesis or dissertation to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff writing academic articles is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation/article into SUNScholar. 
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students
 
Outcomes:
This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on: 
• Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission 
• The process and procedures involved in submission
• The benefits of submitting your articles to SUNScholar
 
Presenter:
Paulette Taillard
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

09 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

05 October 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 November 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Library induction to resources, services & training (postgraduate students & academic staff)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Feb 2017 to 6 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Mar 2017 to 13 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 10:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers new to the University

Participants will learn:
• to navigate the Library Website effectively

• to find their way around in the JS Gericke Library

• how to find information with the Library’s search engine,

• where to find and how to use interdisciplinary academic databases such as Ebscohost as well as electronic journals and e-books

• what the library hours, terms for access and membership privileges entail

• where to find conducive spaces to work and study

• where to check out or renew books and find books that are not in the library

• where/how to reach their faculty librarians as well as other tools for assistance

• essential research skills such as: avoiding plagiarism, complying with copyright, referencing techniques and using RefWorks as a reference manager


Note: This is a basic orientation for new postgraduate students and new researchers

Presenter:
Carine Tymbios
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

06 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 March 2017 - 09:30 - 10:15

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Find books or articles using the Library search engine

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Feb 2017 at 11:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Mar 2017 to 13 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to find appropriate academic information sources by using the Library’s discovery tool optimally.

This hands-on session follows on the Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff  and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:
New postgraduate students and researchers

Venue:
LC E-Classroom

Presenters:
L. Raath
N. Manqola

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

06 February 2017 - 11:00-12:00

13 March 2017 - 11:00-12:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Improving your literature search strategy

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

7 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Feb 2017 to 14 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Mar 2017 to 14 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
12 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017 at 9:00 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to improve your literature search strategy to get the best possible results when searching for information in databases. The postgraduate skills programme recommends this workshop as one of the five session to attend to further develop your research skills.

Description:

This hands-on session follows on the introductory Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:

New postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes:

Ability to construct effective search strategies for finding information in databases, based on the principle of analysing the research topic and employing related terms and concepts in different ways.

Presenters:

Hanlie Strydom
Elbie van Wyk

Venue:

LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 

14 February 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

14 March 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

12 September 2017 - 09:00-11:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Distinguishing between trustworthy and untrustworthy information

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

8 Feb 2017 at 12:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
15 Feb 2017 to 15 Feb 2017 at 12:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop follows on Improving your literature search strategy. Bring your search results to this workshop and learn how to evaluate the information you have found.
 
Target audience:
All

Outcomes:
Ability to evaluate the information you found by using criteria to distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information
 
Presenters:
Elbie van Wyk
Marleen van Wyk
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 
Dates & Times:

08 February 2017 - 12:00 - 13:00

15 February 2017 - 12:00 - 13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

 

Submitting your thesis/dissertation/articles to SUNScholar

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
9 Feb 2017 to 9 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
5 Oct 2017 to 5 Oct 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Nov 2017 to 2 Nov 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Are you ready to submit your thesis or dissertation to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff writing academic articles is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation/article into SUNScholar. 
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students
 
Outcomes:
This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on: 
• Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission 
• The process and procedures involved in submission
• The benefits of submitting your articles to SUNScholar
 
Presenter:
Paulette Taillard
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

09 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

05 October 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 November 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Library induction to resources, services & training (postgraduate students & academic staff)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Feb 2017 to 6 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Mar 2017 to 13 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 10:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers new to the University

Participants will learn:
• to navigate the Library Website effectively

• to find their way around in the JS Gericke Library

• how to find information with the Library’s search engine,

• where to find and how to use interdisciplinary academic databases such as Ebscohost as well as electronic journals and e-books

• what the library hours, terms for access and membership privileges entail

• where to find conducive spaces to work and study

• where to check out or renew books and find books that are not in the library

• where/how to reach their faculty librarians as well as other tools for assistance

• essential research skills such as: avoiding plagiarism, complying with copyright, referencing techniques and using RefWorks as a reference manager


Note: This is a basic orientation for new postgraduate students and new researchers

Presenter:
Carine Tymbios
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

06 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 March 2017 - 09:30 - 10:15

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Improving your literature search strategy

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

7 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Feb 2017 to 14 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Mar 2017 to 14 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
12 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017 at 9:00 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to improve your literature search strategy to get the best possible results when searching for information in databases. The postgraduate skills programme recommends this workshop as one of the five session to attend to further develop your research skills.

Description:

This hands-on session follows on the introductory Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:

New postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes:

Ability to construct effective search strategies for finding information in databases, based on the principle of analysing the research topic and employing related terms and concepts in different ways.

Presenters:

Hanlie Strydom
Elbie van Wyk

Venue:

LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 

14 February 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

14 March 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

12 September 2017 - 09:00-11:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Distinguishing between trustworthy and untrustworthy information

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

8 Feb 2017 at 12:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
15 Feb 2017 to 15 Feb 2017 at 12:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop follows on Improving your literature search strategy. Bring your search results to this workshop and learn how to evaluate the information you have found.
 
Target audience:
All

Outcomes:
Ability to evaluate the information you found by using criteria to distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy information
 
Presenters:
Elbie van Wyk
Marleen van Wyk
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 
Dates & Times:

08 February 2017 - 12:00 - 13:00

15 February 2017 - 12:00 - 13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

 

Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
16 Mar 2017 to 16 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
20 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
25 Jul 2017 to 25 Jul 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Researchers face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. They have to interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. This workshop will explain what ORCID is, how to register and populate your profiles.

Target audience:
Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn in this hands-on session:
• What is the benefits of having an unique author iD with ORCID
• The benefits of having University membership to ORCID
• How to connect your profile with the ORCID university integration
• How to populate your iD’s with your works
• How to connect records to ORCID with ResearcherID and Scopus
• Any other new developments (ORCID is growing rapidly and new services become available regularly)

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and times:

16 February 2017 - 12:30-14:00

16 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

20 April 2017 - 12:30-14:00

25 July 2017 - 12:30-14:00

14 September 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Beginners)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Feb 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 Apr 2017 to 11 Apr 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
18 Jul 2017 to 18 Jul 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
30 Aug 2017 to 30 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Reference management can be daunting when conducting your research as it is often exhausting keeping track of all references used within your works. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with skills to effectively use Mendeley to manage your references and as an end-product generate a bibliography using your preferred referencing style.

Benefits of using Mendeley:

  • Reference management
  • Organising and annotation of PDF documents
  • Customise your referencing style
  • Add your articles to a library that can be organised according to your preferences

Target Audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes
Participants will learn to:

  • Create an account in Mendeley
  • Download the desktop version
  • Install the MS Word plugin
  • Navigate the desktop version
  • Do in-text citation
  • Import files and folders
  • Watch a specific folder
  • Highlight notes
  • Edit metadata
  • Generate a bibliography
Location:
LC E-Classroom
 
Presenters:
Yusuf Ras
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 February 2017 - 10:00-12:00

11 April 2017 - 11:00-13:00

18 July 2017 - 11:00-13:00

30 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Mar 2017

Copyright issues in theses and dissertation writing

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
10 May 2017 to 10 May 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Aug 2017 to 2 Aug 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This presentation provides an overview of the copyright issues which students typically encounter while working on their theses or dissertations. The following important aspects are addressed:
• What is copyright?
• Ownership of copyright
• Fair use
• Inclusion of third party content viz. previously published graphs, tables, photos, images, etc. in a thesis or dissertation 
• Obtaining copyright permission
• Copyright perspectives and implications when publishing your thesis or dissertation
 
Outcomes:
Ability to comply with copyright requirement while writing your thesis or dissertation.
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students.
 
Presenter:
Carol Kat
 
Venue:
E-classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.

01 March 2017 - 12:30-13:30

10 May 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 August 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Your research footprint: tracking and enhancing scholarly and scientific impact

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Mar 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
29 Aug 2017 to 29 Aug 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop focuses on bibliometrics for individual researchers, addressing a variety of resources for measuring author impact.  Resources and tools include citation analysis using Scopus and Web of Science, the H-index, and Journal Citation Reports. Additionally, the workshop will cover emerging ways to measure research impact including Google Scholar Citations and other altmetrics which provide information about the usage and impact of research through social media structures.
Issues relating to author visibility, author identity and profiling will also be addressed.

Target audience:
Academic staff and researchers

Outcomes:
Participants will learn to
• Create the citation reports in Scopus and Web of Science
• Calculate h-index
• Find and understand Journal Impact Factors (Journal Citation Reports)
• Create a profile in Google Scholar Citations
• Use various altmetrics such ImpactStory, Altmetric.com, Plum Analytics and CitedIn to demonstrate the influence of their research through social media structures
• Create unique author identities and profiles using ResearcherID and ORCiD

Presenters:
M. Roux
M. Theron
 
Venue:
JSG Library E-classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 March 2017 - 10:00-12:00

29 August 2017 - 12:00-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

 
 

Finding government statistics

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

8 Mar 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
26 Jul 2017 to 26 Jul 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop focuses on the database Statistics SA which is available by means of the Library website. The session includes a demonstration on how to access publications on the database, do cross-tabulation and access time series data with variables over time. The aim is to encourage students and researchers to optimise open data sources and methodologies for research projects.
 
Outcomes:
Ability to navigate the database Statistics SA and to find statistical information published by the South African government.
 
Presenter:
StatisticsSA
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Time:

08 March 2017 - 10:00-12:00

26 July 2017 - 10:00-12:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 May 2017 to 11 May 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will help you work around some of the common formatting glitches most postgraduate students experience, whilst getting their document ready for submission. 

 

Benefits of formatting your thesis:

  • Consistency – your document will be consistent throughout and will ensure that your supervisors can easily navigate the content
  • Speed – once you have customised a style or format it would be easy for you to apply the style throughout the document
  • Automation – the insertion of Table of Contents, figures and bibliography can easily be automated once the formatting has been customised

 

Target Audience:  Postgraduate students

 

Outcomes:

This workshop will enable you to format your thesis correctly from the start. At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Manage the different sections in your document e.g. Title page, preliminary pages and chapters
  • Formulate your title page e.g. include the SU watermark logo
  • Insert different page numbering formats e.g. roman vs arabic numerals
  • Apply headings to the different sections in your thesis
  • Number your sections in your theses
  • Insert captions for figures and tables
  • Insert a Table of Contents
  • Insert tables of figures
  • Insert a bibliography or reference list

Venue: E-classroom

Instructor: Mymoena Londt

Booking and Contact details

Click on the following dates to book online:

09 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

11 May 2017 - 11:00-13:00

 

Library induction to resources, services & training (postgraduate students & academic staff)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Feb 2017 to 6 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Mar 2017 to 13 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 10:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers new to the University

Participants will learn:
• to navigate the Library Website effectively

• to find their way around in the JS Gericke Library

• how to find information with the Library’s search engine,

• where to find and how to use interdisciplinary academic databases such as Ebscohost as well as electronic journals and e-books

• what the library hours, terms for access and membership privileges entail

• where to find conducive spaces to work and study

• where to check out or renew books and find books that are not in the library

• where/how to reach their faculty librarians as well as other tools for assistance

• essential research skills such as: avoiding plagiarism, complying with copyright, referencing techniques and using RefWorks as a reference manager


Note: This is a basic orientation for new postgraduate students and new researchers

Presenter:
Carine Tymbios
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

06 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 February 2017 - 09:30 - 10:45

13 March 2017 - 09:30 - 10:15

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Find books or articles using the Library search engine

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Feb 2017 at 11:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Mar 2017 to 13 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to find appropriate academic information sources by using the Library’s discovery tool optimally.

This hands-on session follows on the Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff  and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:
New postgraduate students and researchers

Venue:
LC E-Classroom

Presenters:
L. Raath
N. Manqola

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

06 February 2017 - 11:00-12:00

13 March 2017 - 11:00-12:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

E-books workshop

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

14 Mar 2017 at 11:30 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Get to know the Library’s e-book collection and learn how to use e-books optimally.
 
Target audience:
All
 
Outcomes:
Participants will learn:
• how and where to find the Library’s e-books;
• how to print and download from an e-book;
• how to create your personal bookshelf within an e-book collection; and
• how to cite an e-book.
 
Presenter:
Naomi Visser
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 

Dates & Times:

14 March 2017 - 11:30-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Improving your literature search strategy

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

7 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Feb 2017 to 14 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Mar 2017 to 14 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
12 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017 at 9:00 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to improve your literature search strategy to get the best possible results when searching for information in databases. The postgraduate skills programme recommends this workshop as one of the five session to attend to further develop your research skills.

Description:

This hands-on session follows on the introductory Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:

New postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes:

Ability to construct effective search strategies for finding information in databases, based on the principle of analysing the research topic and employing related terms and concepts in different ways.

Presenters:

Hanlie Strydom
Elbie van Wyk

Venue:

LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 

14 February 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

14 March 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

12 September 2017 - 09:00-11:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Advanced)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

15 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Sep 2017 to 13 Sep 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will give an overview of more advanced  options when using Mendeley for reference management and networking.

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Note to participants: Basic knowledge of Mendeley is a requirement. If needed, please attend the Mendeley workshop for beginners before registering for the advanced workshop.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn to:

  • Be aware of the different types of reference management tools
  • Navigate the online version of Mendeley
  • Create or join a group
  • Search for people, articles and groups
  • Utilise  Mendeley suggest (for Premium members)
  • Make changes to your profile
  • Synchronise all Mendeley platforms
  • Search for articles via Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and ScienceDirect
  • Highlight notes in the pdf
  • Highlight the support features and FAQs available via Mendeley
  • Edit a referencing style via the CSL editor

Presenter:
Mymoena Londt

Venue:
LC E-classroom

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

15 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

13 September - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
16 Mar 2017 to 16 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
20 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
25 Jul 2017 to 25 Jul 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Researchers face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. They have to interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. This workshop will explain what ORCID is, how to register and populate your profiles.

Target audience:
Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn in this hands-on session:
• What is the benefits of having an unique author iD with ORCID
• The benefits of having University membership to ORCID
• How to connect your profile with the ORCID university integration
• How to populate your iD’s with your works
• How to connect records to ORCID with ResearcherID and Scopus
• Any other new developments (ORCID is growing rapidly and new services become available regularly)

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and times:

16 February 2017 - 12:30-14:00

16 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

20 April 2017 - 12:30-14:00

25 July 2017 - 12:30-14:00

14 September 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315

Are you using Google/Google Scholar optimally?

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

20 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 10:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to find appropriate academic information sources by using the Google and Google Scholar optimally. This hands-on session follows on the introductory Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.
 
Target audience:
All
 
Outcomes:
Attendees will learn the most effective ways to search for all kinds of resources in Google, Google Scholar and Google Books. They will also learn how to evaluate sources found on the web.
 
Presenters:
Lucinda Raath
 
Venues:
LC E-Classroom

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.
 
Dates & Times:
 

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

What are the benefits of Open Access for researchers?

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
22 Aug 2017 to 22 Aug 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Do you wonder what Open Access is and how you as a researcher can benefit from it? Come and learn more about the philosophy of Open Access and how you can increase citations to your publications. Other aspects of Open Access which will be addressed include: SUNScholar (the University’s digital research repository); Open Access journals in which you can publish; funding opportunities; and Open  Access repositories and the self-archiving of your research.

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn about:
• The philosophy and benefits of Open Access publishing
• SUNScholar (Stellenbosch University’s digital research repository)
• Finding Open Access journals in which to publish
• Open Access publishing procedures
• Open Access Fund
• How Open Access publishing can increase the citation rate of publications
• Self-archiving of your research

Presenters:
Mimi Seyffert
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session that you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

22 August 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Useful tools and applications for research

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

30 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
24 Aug 2017 to 24 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will offer a look at some of the top tools and applications for students, academic staff, and researchers. It will cover a variety of mobile apps for research, productivity, reading, writing, presenting, note-taking, file sharing and other essential tools for studying and publishing on the go.


Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers.

 

Note to participants: The content of this workshop will only include an overview of tools and applications available and not in-depth training for each tool or application


Outcomes:
This workshop will assist you:
- to find tools and applications to help you with your research process
- with choosing between the best tools and applications to boost your research productivity.

 
Presenter:
 
Mymoena Londt
 
Venue:
 
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.

Date and Times:

30 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

24 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

 

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Apr 2017

Increase your online research visibility

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Apr 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
17 Aug 2017 to 17 Aug 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

In today's demanding academic climate you must raise your research visibility to remain competitive. This hands-on session will show you how to increase the visibility of your research using social research networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu. The use of social media and science communication to increase your visibility as researcher will also be addressed.

Target audience:
Academic staff  and researchers

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn to:
• Find and navigate social research networks (ResearchGate and Academia.edu, Mendeley, etc.)
• Develop research profiles
• Understand how to increase your visibility as researcher
• Understand the role of science communication and social media

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

6 April 2017 - 12:00-14:00

17 August 2017 - 12:00-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Beginners)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Feb 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 Apr 2017 to 11 Apr 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
18 Jul 2017 to 18 Jul 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
30 Aug 2017 to 30 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Reference management can be daunting when conducting your research as it is often exhausting keeping track of all references used within your works. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with skills to effectively use Mendeley to manage your references and as an end-product generate a bibliography using your preferred referencing style.

Benefits of using Mendeley:

  • Reference management
  • Organising and annotation of PDF documents
  • Customise your referencing style
  • Add your articles to a library that can be organised according to your preferences

Target Audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes
Participants will learn to:

  • Create an account in Mendeley
  • Download the desktop version
  • Install the MS Word plugin
  • Navigate the desktop version
  • Do in-text citation
  • Import files and folders
  • Watch a specific folder
  • Highlight notes
  • Edit metadata
  • Generate a bibliography
Location:
LC E-Classroom
 
Presenters:
Yusuf Ras
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 February 2017 - 10:00-12:00

11 April 2017 - 11:00-13:00

18 July 2017 - 11:00-13:00

30 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
16 Mar 2017 to 16 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
20 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
25 Jul 2017 to 25 Jul 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Researchers face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. They have to interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. This workshop will explain what ORCID is, how to register and populate your profiles.

Target audience:
Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn in this hands-on session:
• What is the benefits of having an unique author iD with ORCID
• The benefits of having University membership to ORCID
• How to connect your profile with the ORCID university integration
• How to populate your iD’s with your works
• How to connect records to ORCID with ResearcherID and Scopus
• Any other new developments (ORCID is growing rapidly and new services become available regularly)

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and times:

16 February 2017 - 12:30-14:00

16 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

20 April 2017 - 12:30-14:00

25 July 2017 - 12:30-14:00

14 September 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315

May 2017

Copyright issues in theses and dissertation writing

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
10 May 2017 to 10 May 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Aug 2017 to 2 Aug 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This presentation provides an overview of the copyright issues which students typically encounter while working on their theses or dissertations. The following important aspects are addressed:
• What is copyright?
• Ownership of copyright
• Fair use
• Inclusion of third party content viz. previously published graphs, tables, photos, images, etc. in a thesis or dissertation 
• Obtaining copyright permission
• Copyright perspectives and implications when publishing your thesis or dissertation
 
Outcomes:
Ability to comply with copyright requirement while writing your thesis or dissertation.
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students.
 
Presenter:
Carol Kat
 
Venue:
E-classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.

01 March 2017 - 12:30-13:30

10 May 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 August 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 May 2017 to 11 May 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will help you work around some of the common formatting glitches most postgraduate students experience, whilst getting their document ready for submission. 

 

Benefits of formatting your thesis:

  • Consistency – your document will be consistent throughout and will ensure that your supervisors can easily navigate the content
  • Speed – once you have customised a style or format it would be easy for you to apply the style throughout the document
  • Automation – the insertion of Table of Contents, figures and bibliography can easily be automated once the formatting has been customised

 

Target Audience:  Postgraduate students

 

Outcomes:

This workshop will enable you to format your thesis correctly from the start. At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Manage the different sections in your document e.g. Title page, preliminary pages and chapters
  • Formulate your title page e.g. include the SU watermark logo
  • Insert different page numbering formats e.g. roman vs arabic numerals
  • Apply headings to the different sections in your thesis
  • Number your sections in your theses
  • Insert captions for figures and tables
  • Insert a Table of Contents
  • Insert tables of figures
  • Insert a bibliography or reference list

Venue: E-classroom

Instructor: Mymoena Londt

Booking and Contact details

Click on the following dates to book online:

09 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

11 May 2017 - 11:00-13:00

 

Making important decisions about publishing your research

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

18 May 2017 at 10:30 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
28 Sep 2017 to 28 Sep 2017 at 10:30 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Six aspects related to article publishing are covered:
• Article types and features of a good journal
• The South African research outputs accreditation system
• Citation indicators currently used to evaluate journal performance.
• “Open Access”  and hybrid options for publication
• Unique author identification; co-authorship and the order of names

Target audience:
Postgraduate students, postdocs and emerging researchers.

Outcomes:
• Ability to make informed decisions about where to publish research by considering the difference between traditional and open access publishing and consulting accredited lists, impact factor and other indicators.
• Employ good practice in terms of standardised author name and preservation of research output.
• Ability to recognise the features of a good journal
• Understand DHET’s Research Outputs Accreditation System including lists of accredited journals:  ISI Citation Indexes, IBSS, DoE list of approved journals, European Reference Index for the Humanities
• Use citation indicators to determine the relative impact of journals (Impact factor and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), SJR, SNIP, Scopus Journal Analyser)
• Understand the benefits of OA, where to find OA journals, and where to find funding for OA publishing
• Making your research available in the Institutional Repository
• Register an unique author ID using ORCID

Presenters:
M. Roux
M. Seyffert
D. Pieterse
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Date and Times:

18 May 2017 - 10:30-13:00

28 September 2017 - 10:30-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Jun 2017

Jul 2017

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Beginners)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Feb 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 Apr 2017 to 11 Apr 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
18 Jul 2017 to 18 Jul 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
30 Aug 2017 to 30 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Reference management can be daunting when conducting your research as it is often exhausting keeping track of all references used within your works. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with skills to effectively use Mendeley to manage your references and as an end-product generate a bibliography using your preferred referencing style.

Benefits of using Mendeley:

  • Reference management
  • Organising and annotation of PDF documents
  • Customise your referencing style
  • Add your articles to a library that can be organised according to your preferences

Target Audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes
Participants will learn to:

  • Create an account in Mendeley
  • Download the desktop version
  • Install the MS Word plugin
  • Navigate the desktop version
  • Do in-text citation
  • Import files and folders
  • Watch a specific folder
  • Highlight notes
  • Edit metadata
  • Generate a bibliography
Location:
LC E-Classroom
 
Presenters:
Yusuf Ras
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 February 2017 - 10:00-12:00

11 April 2017 - 11:00-13:00

18 July 2017 - 11:00-13:00

30 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
16 Mar 2017 to 16 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
20 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
25 Jul 2017 to 25 Jul 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Researchers face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. They have to interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. This workshop will explain what ORCID is, how to register and populate your profiles.

Target audience:
Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn in this hands-on session:
• What is the benefits of having an unique author iD with ORCID
• The benefits of having University membership to ORCID
• How to connect your profile with the ORCID university integration
• How to populate your iD’s with your works
• How to connect records to ORCID with ResearcherID and Scopus
• Any other new developments (ORCID is growing rapidly and new services become available regularly)

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and times:

16 February 2017 - 12:30-14:00

16 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

20 April 2017 - 12:30-14:00

25 July 2017 - 12:30-14:00

14 September 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315

Finding government statistics

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

8 Mar 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
26 Jul 2017 to 26 Jul 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop focuses on the database Statistics SA which is available by means of the Library website. The session includes a demonstration on how to access publications on the database, do cross-tabulation and access time series data with variables over time. The aim is to encourage students and researchers to optimise open data sources and methodologies for research projects.
 
Outcomes:
Ability to navigate the database Statistics SA and to find statistical information published by the South African government.
 
Presenter:
StatisticsSA
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Time:

08 March 2017 - 10:00-12:00

26 July 2017 - 10:00-12:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Aug 2017

Copyright issues in theses and dissertation writing

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
10 May 2017 to 10 May 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Aug 2017 to 2 Aug 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This presentation provides an overview of the copyright issues which students typically encounter while working on their theses or dissertations. The following important aspects are addressed:
• What is copyright?
• Ownership of copyright
• Fair use
• Inclusion of third party content viz. previously published graphs, tables, photos, images, etc. in a thesis or dissertation 
• Obtaining copyright permission
• Copyright perspectives and implications when publishing your thesis or dissertation
 
Outcomes:
Ability to comply with copyright requirement while writing your thesis or dissertation.
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students.
 
Presenter:
Carol Kat
 
Venue:
E-classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.

01 March 2017 - 12:30-13:30

10 May 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 August 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Increase your online research visibility

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Apr 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
17 Aug 2017 to 17 Aug 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

In today's demanding academic climate you must raise your research visibility to remain competitive. This hands-on session will show you how to increase the visibility of your research using social research networks such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu. The use of social media and science communication to increase your visibility as researcher will also be addressed.

Target audience:
Academic staff  and researchers

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn to:
• Find and navigate social research networks (ResearchGate and Academia.edu, Mendeley, etc.)
• Develop research profiles
• Understand how to increase your visibility as researcher
• Understand the role of science communication and social media

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

6 April 2017 - 12:00-14:00

17 August 2017 - 12:00-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

What are the benefits of Open Access for researchers?

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
22 Aug 2017 to 22 Aug 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Do you wonder what Open Access is and how you as a researcher can benefit from it? Come and learn more about the philosophy of Open Access and how you can increase citations to your publications. Other aspects of Open Access which will be addressed include: SUNScholar (the University’s digital research repository); Open Access journals in which you can publish; funding opportunities; and Open  Access repositories and the self-archiving of your research.

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn about:
• The philosophy and benefits of Open Access publishing
• SUNScholar (Stellenbosch University’s digital research repository)
• Finding Open Access journals in which to publish
• Open Access publishing procedures
• Open Access Fund
• How Open Access publishing can increase the citation rate of publications
• Self-archiving of your research

Presenters:
Mimi Seyffert
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session that you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

22 August 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Useful tools and applications for research

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

30 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
24 Aug 2017 to 24 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will offer a look at some of the top tools and applications for students, academic staff, and researchers. It will cover a variety of mobile apps for research, productivity, reading, writing, presenting, note-taking, file sharing and other essential tools for studying and publishing on the go.


Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers.

 

Note to participants: The content of this workshop will only include an overview of tools and applications available and not in-depth training for each tool or application


Outcomes:
This workshop will assist you:
- to find tools and applications to help you with your research process
- with choosing between the best tools and applications to boost your research productivity.

 
Presenter:
 
Mymoena Londt
 
Venue:
 
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.

Date and Times:

30 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

24 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

 

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Your research footprint: tracking and enhancing scholarly and scientific impact

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Mar 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
29 Aug 2017 to 29 Aug 2017 at 12:00 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop focuses on bibliometrics for individual researchers, addressing a variety of resources for measuring author impact.  Resources and tools include citation analysis using Scopus and Web of Science, the H-index, and Journal Citation Reports. Additionally, the workshop will cover emerging ways to measure research impact including Google Scholar Citations and other altmetrics which provide information about the usage and impact of research through social media structures.
Issues relating to author visibility, author identity and profiling will also be addressed.

Target audience:
Academic staff and researchers

Outcomes:
Participants will learn to
• Create the citation reports in Scopus and Web of Science
• Calculate h-index
• Find and understand Journal Impact Factors (Journal Citation Reports)
• Create a profile in Google Scholar Citations
• Use various altmetrics such ImpactStory, Altmetric.com, Plum Analytics and CitedIn to demonstrate the influence of their research through social media structures
• Create unique author identities and profiles using ResearcherID and ORCiD

Presenters:
M. Roux
M. Theron
 
Venue:
JSG Library E-classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 March 2017 - 10:00-12:00

29 August 2017 - 12:00-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

 
 

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Beginners)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

28 Feb 2017 at 10:00 to 12:00, Stellenbosch Campus
11 Apr 2017 to 11 Apr 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
18 Jul 2017 to 18 Jul 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
30 Aug 2017 to 30 Aug 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Reference management can be daunting when conducting your research as it is often exhausting keeping track of all references used within your works. The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with skills to effectively use Mendeley to manage your references and as an end-product generate a bibliography using your preferred referencing style.

Benefits of using Mendeley:

  • Reference management
  • Organising and annotation of PDF documents
  • Customise your referencing style
  • Add your articles to a library that can be organised according to your preferences

Target Audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes
Participants will learn to:

  • Create an account in Mendeley
  • Download the desktop version
  • Install the MS Word plugin
  • Navigate the desktop version
  • Do in-text citation
  • Import files and folders
  • Watch a specific folder
  • Highlight notes
  • Edit metadata
  • Generate a bibliography
Location:
LC E-Classroom
 
Presenters:
Yusuf Ras
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

28 February 2017 - 10:00-12:00

11 April 2017 - 11:00-13:00

18 July 2017 - 11:00-13:00

30 August 2017 - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Sep 2017

Improving your literature search strategy

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

7 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Feb 2017 to 14 Feb 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Mar 2017 to 14 Mar 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus
12 Sep 2017 to 12 Sep 2017 at 9:00 to 11:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Learn to improve your literature search strategy to get the best possible results when searching for information in databases. The postgraduate skills programme recommends this workshop as one of the five session to attend to further develop your research skills.

Description:

This hands-on session follows on the introductory Library induction to resources, services and training opportunities available to postgraduate students and academic staff and provides practical tips and tools to better equip you for the research phase during which you will gather information from literature.

Target audience:

New postgraduate students and researchers

Outcomes:

Ability to construct effective search strategies for finding information in databases, based on the principle of analysing the research topic and employing related terms and concepts in different ways.

Presenters:

Hanlie Strydom
Elbie van Wyk

Venue:

LC E-Classroom

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the workshop you would like to attend.
 

14 February 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

14 March 2017 - 09:30 - 11:00

12 September 2017 - 09:00-11:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Mendeley for reference management and academic networking (Advanced)

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

15 Mar 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
13 Sep 2017 to 13 Sep 2017 at 11:00 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

This workshop will give an overview of more advanced  options when using Mendeley for reference management and networking.

Target audience:
Postgraduate students and researchers

Note to participants: Basic knowledge of Mendeley is a requirement. If needed, please attend the Mendeley workshop for beginners before registering for the advanced workshop.

Outcomes:
Participants will learn to:

  • Be aware of the different types of reference management tools
  • Navigate the online version of Mendeley
  • Create or join a group
  • Search for people, articles and groups
  • Utilise  Mendeley suggest (for Premium members)
  • Make changes to your profile
  • Synchronise all Mendeley platforms
  • Search for articles via Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and ScienceDirect
  • Highlight notes in the pdf
  • Highlight the support features and FAQs available via Mendeley
  • Edit a referencing style via the CSL editor

Presenter:
Mymoena Londt

Venue:
LC E-classroom

 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

15 March 2017 - 11:00-13:00

13 September - 11:00-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Managing your unique author ID with ORCID

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
16 Mar 2017 to 16 Mar 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
20 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
25 Jul 2017 to 25 Jul 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus
14 Sep 2017 to 14 Sep 2017 at 12:30 to 14:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Researchers face the ongoing challenge of distinguishing their research activities from those of others with similar names. They need to be able to easily and uniquely attach their identity to research objects such as datasets, equipment, articles, media stories, citations, experiments, patents, and notebooks. They have to interact with an increasing number and diversity of research information systems. Entering data over and over again can be time-consuming, and often frustrating. ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. This workshop will explain what ORCID is, how to register and populate your profiles.

Target audience:
Academic staff, researchers and postgraduate students

Outcomes:
 Participants will learn in this hands-on session:
• What is the benefits of having an unique author iD with ORCID
• The benefits of having University membership to ORCID
• How to connect your profile with the ORCID university integration
• How to populate your iD’s with your works
• How to connect records to ORCID with ResearcherID and Scopus
• Any other new developments (ORCID is growing rapidly and new services become available regularly)

Presenter:
Marié Roux

Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and times:

16 February 2017 - 12:30-14:00

16 March 2017 - 12:30-14:00

20 April 2017 - 12:30-14:00

25 July 2017 - 12:30-14:00

14 September 2017 - 12:30-14:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315

Making important decisions about publishing your research

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

18 May 2017 at 10:30 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus
28 Sep 2017 to 28 Sep 2017 at 10:30 to 13:00, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Six aspects related to article publishing are covered:
• Article types and features of a good journal
• The South African research outputs accreditation system
• Citation indicators currently used to evaluate journal performance.
• “Open Access”  and hybrid options for publication
• Unique author identification; co-authorship and the order of names

Target audience:
Postgraduate students, postdocs and emerging researchers.

Outcomes:
• Ability to make informed decisions about where to publish research by considering the difference between traditional and open access publishing and consulting accredited lists, impact factor and other indicators.
• Employ good practice in terms of standardised author name and preservation of research output.
• Ability to recognise the features of a good journal
• Understand DHET’s Research Outputs Accreditation System including lists of accredited journals:  ISI Citation Indexes, IBSS, DoE list of approved journals, European Reference Index for the Humanities
• Use citation indicators to determine the relative impact of journals (Impact factor and Journal Citation Reports (JCR), SJR, SNIP, Scopus Journal Analyser)
• Understand the benefits of OA, where to find OA journals, and where to find funding for OA publishing
• Making your research available in the Institutional Repository
• Register an unique author ID using ORCID

Presenters:
M. Roux
M. Seyffert
D. Pieterse
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Date and Times:

18 May 2017 - 10:30-13:00

28 September 2017 - 10:30-13:00

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Oct 2017

Submitting your thesis/dissertation/articles to SUNScholar

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
9 Feb 2017 to 9 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
5 Oct 2017 to 5 Oct 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Nov 2017 to 2 Nov 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Are you ready to submit your thesis or dissertation to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff writing academic articles is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation/article into SUNScholar. 
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students
 
Outcomes:
This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on: 
• Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission 
• The process and procedures involved in submission
• The benefits of submitting your articles to SUNScholar
 
Presenter:
Paulette Taillard
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

09 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

05 October 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 November 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

Nov 2017

Submitting your thesis/dissertation/articles to SUNScholar

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

2 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
9 Feb 2017 to 9 Feb 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
5 Oct 2017 to 5 Oct 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus
2 Nov 2017 to 2 Nov 2017 at 12:30 to 13:30, Stellenbosch Campus

Description

Are you ready to submit your thesis or dissertation to the Library’s digital research repository? This library training opportunity for postgraduate students or staff writing academic articles is designed to provide practical guidance to those ready to submit their thesis/dissertation/article into SUNScholar. 
 
Target audience:
Masters and doctoral students
 
Outcomes:
This session will provide you with the necessary guidelines on: 
• Preparing your thesis/dissertation/article for fast and effective submission 
• The process and procedures involved in submission
• The benefits of submitting your articles to SUNScholar
 
Presenter:
Paulette Taillard
 
Venue:
LC E-Classroom
 

Booking and Contact details

To book, please click on the date below for the session you would like to attend.

Dates and Times:

02 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

09 February 2017 - 12:30-13:30

05 October 2017 - 12:30-13:30

02 November 2017 - 12:30-13:30

If you need help in booking online, please call the Library general enquiries at 021 808 9276/2486/3315.

AIDSImpact Conference

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

13 Nov 2017 to 15 Nov 2017 at 0:00 to 23:30, Cape Town

Description

Description

Stellenbosch University and the Human Sciences Research Council will jointly host the 13th AIDSImpact Conference at the Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.

Conference theme “What will it really take to end the epidemic?” and a key focus will be consideration of new choices for HIV - for prevention, treatment, and care.

Date

13-15 November 2017
 

Booking and Contact details

Click here to view the advertisement.

For queries, please contact: Ms Zena Jacobs, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, Email: zena@sun.ac.za

Website: www.aidsimpact.com

Dec 2017

Jan 2018

Feb 2018

Avoiding Plagiarism

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Feb 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
9 Mar 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
5 Jun 2018 to 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
7 Sep 2018 to 7 Sep 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
2 Oct 2018 to 2 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.
 
Description:
This workshop illustrates the principles of sound academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
 
The workshop covers:
(i)  Introduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii) Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered Postgraduate Students.
 
Target Audience:
Current Honours, Masters and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
09:00 - 13:00
 
 
Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

Mar 2018

Article Writing Workshop: Preparation for Publication

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
19 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
29 May 2018 to 29 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

Publishing work in accredited journals is a daunting task for many academics. Although academics are aware of the imperative to publish, they often fail to do so due to being ill-prepared for the task (Murray et al. 2008). Often students are familiar with dissertation writing but they may not have been exposed to the “how to” of writing for publication.

Description:
The aim of this workshop, facilitated by Dr Ruth Albertyn, is twofold:  to introduce postgraduate students to this genre of writing and to help postgraduate students prepare for writing for publication.

Content related to the following aspects will be covered:

The publication context
The process of publication
Journal selection
Joining the scholarly discourse
Skills for the task
Planning for publication
 
Requirements for this workshop:
 
Applicants should ...
 
be Masters or Doctoral students who are currently busy with their  studies and who  have  some section of their work already completed or close to  completion 
have an abstract/executive summary of 100 words (max) for an article based on this  completed  research (a title and three keywords to be included)
have an example of the guidelines for authors of the journal in which you could consider  publishing (consult your supervisor/colleagues for advice)
have a laptop to use during the workshop and an extension cord (let us know if this requirement is problematic - we will see where we can help)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.

Cost:
Free to registered Masters and Doctoral students or staff.

Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students

 

Booking and Contact details

All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified.

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times:
 
08:30 for 09:00 -16:30
 
 
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Microsoft Word for large documents

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

5 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
21 May 2018 to 21 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Jun 2018 to 4 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
23 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to format a large document such as a thesis or dissertation in Microsoft Word according to Stellenbosch University (SU) thesis and dissertation requirements.  
 
Description:
This workshop covers how to use the following MS Word functions effectively:
 
•             Help
•             Page layout
•             Styles
•             Chapter headings
•             Captions
•             Footnotes
•             Numbered lists
•             Page breaks/ section breaks
•             Non-breakings spaces
•             Blank pages
•             Page numbers
•             Table of contents / List of figures / List of tables
•             Spelling & grammar
•             Columns & borders
•             Hanging bibliography
•             Tables
•             Flow charts / Smart art
•             Screen clippings & screenshots
•             Outline view
•             Master documents
•             Track changes
•             Find & replace
•             Cross-reference
•             Citations & managing sources
•             Bookmarks
•             Hyperlinks
•             Excel charts in Word
•             Templates
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students and SU staff. Includes light refreshments. 
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need the skills to create a thesis or dissertation template according to SU requirements.
 
Venue:
Stellenbosch Campus, classrooms to be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za
 
Note that if you are unable to attend these full day workshops, the Library is offering 2 hour sessions on Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word) during 2017. Read more ...

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Avoiding Plagiarism

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Feb 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
9 Mar 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
5 Jun 2018 to 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
7 Sep 2018 to 7 Sep 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
2 Oct 2018 to 2 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.
 
Description:
This workshop illustrates the principles of sound academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
 
The workshop covers:
(i)  Introduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii) Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered Postgraduate Students.
 
Target Audience:
Current Honours, Masters and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
09:00 - 13:00
 
 
Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

Grant writing for postgraduates

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
27 Jul 2018 to 27 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

In view of researchers increasingly being expected to generate research funds, the DRD offers researchers interactive grant writing workshops. 

Outline of workshop programme:
(i) The core components of a grant proposal
(ii) Why grant proposals fail
(iii) What reviewers are looking for
(iv) Structure of proposals
(v) Where to look for funding opportunities
(vi) Ten crucial tips
(vii) Budgeting fundamentals
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students who would like to apply for funding for their research.
 
Cost:
There are no participation costs involved for registered postgraduates. Includes refreshments and a light lunch.  
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Dates & times:
 
08:30-16:30
 
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop
 
Please send enquiries to pgskills@sun.ac.za.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apr 2018

PowerPoint for conference presentations

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

11 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
18 May 2018 to 18 May 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
20 Jul 2018 to 20 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

This new workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to create good PowerPoint slides for formal presentation purposes.

Description:

This workshop is for beginners and intermediate PowerPoint level postgraduate students. It covers how to use the following PowerPoint functions effectively:

  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation, starting from scratch
  • Explore the PowerPoint interface - know where to find what
  • Insert text and work with text boxes
  • Add new slides with different layouts
  • Insert and edit pictures and shapes
  • Be aware of design issues for a good presentation
  • Streamline one's workflow in PowerPoint (working more effectively)
  • Work with images, charts and graphs
  • Work with SmartArt
  • Insert hyperlinks and navigation links to other slides in PowerPoint or jump to a website
  • Work with transitions and animations
  • Package one's file effectively

Cost

Free to registered postgraduate students.

Target Audience

SU postgraduate students who are working on a formal academic presentation and who need the skills to produce academically sound PowerPoint slides.

Venue

Stellenbosch campus, classrooms to be confirmed with participants 1 week before the set workshop date.

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration upon receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times (Main campus)

08h00 - 13h00

11 April 2018
18 May 2018
20 July 2018

This particular session covers:

08h00-11h30

  • About presentation tips & design issues for a good presentation
  • Tips and tricks: how to streamline your workflow in PPT (working effectively)
  • Working with images & image manipulation
  • Working with graphs & charts
  • Working with Smart Art
  • How to use shapes to build diagrams
  • How to insert hyperlinks & navigation links to other slides in PPT or jump to a website
  • Working with transitions & animations
  • Packaging your file

11h30-13h00

  • Working with sound in PPT
  • How to create one’s own simulation or screen recordings
  • Working with video in PPT
  • How to download from YouTube & edit clips in PPT

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus)

TBD.

The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications.Registrations close 5 days prior to the workshop.

For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Article Writing Workshop: Preparation for Publication

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
19 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
29 May 2018 to 29 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

Publishing work in accredited journals is a daunting task for many academics. Although academics are aware of the imperative to publish, they often fail to do so due to being ill-prepared for the task (Murray et al. 2008). Often students are familiar with dissertation writing but they may not have been exposed to the “how to” of writing for publication.

Description:
The aim of this workshop, facilitated by Dr Ruth Albertyn, is twofold:  to introduce postgraduate students to this genre of writing and to help postgraduate students prepare for writing for publication.

Content related to the following aspects will be covered:

The publication context
The process of publication
Journal selection
Joining the scholarly discourse
Skills for the task
Planning for publication
 
Requirements for this workshop:
 
Applicants should ...
 
be Masters or Doctoral students who are currently busy with their  studies and who  have  some section of their work already completed or close to  completion 
have an abstract/executive summary of 100 words (max) for an article based on this  completed  research (a title and three keywords to be included)
have an example of the guidelines for authors of the journal in which you could consider  publishing (consult your supervisor/colleagues for advice)
have a laptop to use during the workshop and an extension cord (let us know if this requirement is problematic - we will see where we can help)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.

Cost:
Free to registered Masters and Doctoral students or staff.

Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students

 

Booking and Contact details

All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified.

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times:
 
08:30 for 09:00 -16:30
 
 
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

May 2018

PowerPoint for conference presentations

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

11 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
18 May 2018 to 18 May 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
20 Jul 2018 to 20 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

This new workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to create good PowerPoint slides for formal presentation purposes.

Description:

This workshop is for beginners and intermediate PowerPoint level postgraduate students. It covers how to use the following PowerPoint functions effectively:

  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation, starting from scratch
  • Explore the PowerPoint interface - know where to find what
  • Insert text and work with text boxes
  • Add new slides with different layouts
  • Insert and edit pictures and shapes
  • Be aware of design issues for a good presentation
  • Streamline one's workflow in PowerPoint (working more effectively)
  • Work with images, charts and graphs
  • Work with SmartArt
  • Insert hyperlinks and navigation links to other slides in PowerPoint or jump to a website
  • Work with transitions and animations
  • Package one's file effectively

Cost

Free to registered postgraduate students.

Target Audience

SU postgraduate students who are working on a formal academic presentation and who need the skills to produce academically sound PowerPoint slides.

Venue

Stellenbosch campus, classrooms to be confirmed with participants 1 week before the set workshop date.

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration upon receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times (Main campus)

08h00 - 13h00

11 April 2018
18 May 2018
20 July 2018

This particular session covers:

08h00-11h30

  • About presentation tips & design issues for a good presentation
  • Tips and tricks: how to streamline your workflow in PPT (working effectively)
  • Working with images & image manipulation
  • Working with graphs & charts
  • Working with Smart Art
  • How to use shapes to build diagrams
  • How to insert hyperlinks & navigation links to other slides in PPT or jump to a website
  • Working with transitions & animations
  • Packaging your file

11h30-13h00

  • Working with sound in PPT
  • How to create one’s own simulation or screen recordings
  • Working with video in PPT
  • How to download from YouTube & edit clips in PPT

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus)

TBD.

The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications.Registrations close 5 days prior to the workshop.

For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Microsoft Word for large documents

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

5 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
21 May 2018 to 21 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Jun 2018 to 4 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
23 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to format a large document such as a thesis or dissertation in Microsoft Word according to Stellenbosch University (SU) thesis and dissertation requirements.  
 
Description:
This workshop covers how to use the following MS Word functions effectively:
 
•             Help
•             Page layout
•             Styles
•             Chapter headings
•             Captions
•             Footnotes
•             Numbered lists
•             Page breaks/ section breaks
•             Non-breakings spaces
•             Blank pages
•             Page numbers
•             Table of contents / List of figures / List of tables
•             Spelling & grammar
•             Columns & borders
•             Hanging bibliography
•             Tables
•             Flow charts / Smart art
•             Screen clippings & screenshots
•             Outline view
•             Master documents
•             Track changes
•             Find & replace
•             Cross-reference
•             Citations & managing sources
•             Bookmarks
•             Hyperlinks
•             Excel charts in Word
•             Templates
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students and SU staff. Includes light refreshments. 
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need the skills to create a thesis or dissertation template according to SU requirements.
 
Venue:
Stellenbosch Campus, classrooms to be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za
 
Note that if you are unable to attend these full day workshops, the Library is offering 2 hour sessions on Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word) during 2017. Read more ...

 

Article Writing Workshop: Preparation for Publication

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

1 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
19 Apr 2018 to 19 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
29 May 2018 to 29 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

Publishing work in accredited journals is a daunting task for many academics. Although academics are aware of the imperative to publish, they often fail to do so due to being ill-prepared for the task (Murray et al. 2008). Often students are familiar with dissertation writing but they may not have been exposed to the “how to” of writing for publication.

Description:
The aim of this workshop, facilitated by Dr Ruth Albertyn, is twofold:  to introduce postgraduate students to this genre of writing and to help postgraduate students prepare for writing for publication.

Content related to the following aspects will be covered:

The publication context
The process of publication
Journal selection
Joining the scholarly discourse
Skills for the task
Planning for publication
 
Requirements for this workshop:
 
Applicants should ...
 
be Masters or Doctoral students who are currently busy with their  studies and who  have  some section of their work already completed or close to  completion 
have an abstract/executive summary of 100 words (max) for an article based on this  completed  research (a title and three keywords to be included)
have an example of the guidelines for authors of the journal in which you could consider  publishing (consult your supervisor/colleagues for advice)
have a laptop to use during the workshop and an extension cord (let us know if this requirement is problematic - we will see where we can help)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.

Cost:
Free to registered Masters and Doctoral students or staff.

Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students

 

Booking and Contact details

All applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified.

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times:
 
08:30 for 09:00 -16:30
 
 
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Jun 2018

Microsoft Word for large documents

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

5 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
21 May 2018 to 21 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Jun 2018 to 4 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
23 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to format a large document such as a thesis or dissertation in Microsoft Word according to Stellenbosch University (SU) thesis and dissertation requirements.  
 
Description:
This workshop covers how to use the following MS Word functions effectively:
 
•             Help
•             Page layout
•             Styles
•             Chapter headings
•             Captions
•             Footnotes
•             Numbered lists
•             Page breaks/ section breaks
•             Non-breakings spaces
•             Blank pages
•             Page numbers
•             Table of contents / List of figures / List of tables
•             Spelling & grammar
•             Columns & borders
•             Hanging bibliography
•             Tables
•             Flow charts / Smart art
•             Screen clippings & screenshots
•             Outline view
•             Master documents
•             Track changes
•             Find & replace
•             Cross-reference
•             Citations & managing sources
•             Bookmarks
•             Hyperlinks
•             Excel charts in Word
•             Templates
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students and SU staff. Includes light refreshments. 
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need the skills to create a thesis or dissertation template according to SU requirements.
 
Venue:
Stellenbosch Campus, classrooms to be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za
 
Note that if you are unable to attend these full day workshops, the Library is offering 2 hour sessions on Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word) during 2017. Read more ...

 

Avoiding Plagiarism

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Feb 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
9 Mar 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
5 Jun 2018 to 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
7 Sep 2018 to 7 Sep 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
2 Oct 2018 to 2 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.
 
Description:
This workshop illustrates the principles of sound academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
 
The workshop covers:
(i)  Introduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii) Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered Postgraduate Students.
 
Target Audience:
Current Honours, Masters and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
09:00 - 13:00
 
 
Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Jul 2018

PowerPoint for conference presentations

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

11 Apr 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
18 May 2018 to 18 May 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
20 Jul 2018 to 20 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

This new workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to create good PowerPoint slides for formal presentation purposes.

Description:

This workshop is for beginners and intermediate PowerPoint level postgraduate students. It covers how to use the following PowerPoint functions effectively:

  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation, starting from scratch
  • Explore the PowerPoint interface - know where to find what
  • Insert text and work with text boxes
  • Add new slides with different layouts
  • Insert and edit pictures and shapes
  • Be aware of design issues for a good presentation
  • Streamline one's workflow in PowerPoint (working more effectively)
  • Work with images, charts and graphs
  • Work with SmartArt
  • Insert hyperlinks and navigation links to other slides in PowerPoint or jump to a website
  • Work with transitions and animations
  • Package one's file effectively

Cost

Free to registered postgraduate students.

Target Audience

SU postgraduate students who are working on a formal academic presentation and who need the skills to produce academically sound PowerPoint slides.

Venue

Stellenbosch campus, classrooms to be confirmed with participants 1 week before the set workshop date.

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration upon receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.

Dates & Times (Main campus)

08h00 - 13h00

11 April 2018
18 May 2018
20 July 2018

This particular session covers:

08h00-11h30

  • About presentation tips & design issues for a good presentation
  • Tips and tricks: how to streamline your workflow in PPT (working effectively)
  • Working with images & image manipulation
  • Working with graphs & charts
  • Working with Smart Art
  • How to use shapes to build diagrams
  • How to insert hyperlinks & navigation links to other slides in PPT or jump to a website
  • Working with transitions & animations
  • Packaging your file

11h30-13h00

  • Working with sound in PPT
  • How to create one’s own simulation or screen recordings
  • Working with video in PPT
  • How to download from YouTube & edit clips in PPT

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus)

TBD.

The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications.Registrations close 5 days prior to the workshop.

For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Microsoft Word for large documents

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

5 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
21 May 2018 to 21 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Jun 2018 to 4 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
23 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to format a large document such as a thesis or dissertation in Microsoft Word according to Stellenbosch University (SU) thesis and dissertation requirements.  
 
Description:
This workshop covers how to use the following MS Word functions effectively:
 
•             Help
•             Page layout
•             Styles
•             Chapter headings
•             Captions
•             Footnotes
•             Numbered lists
•             Page breaks/ section breaks
•             Non-breakings spaces
•             Blank pages
•             Page numbers
•             Table of contents / List of figures / List of tables
•             Spelling & grammar
•             Columns & borders
•             Hanging bibliography
•             Tables
•             Flow charts / Smart art
•             Screen clippings & screenshots
•             Outline view
•             Master documents
•             Track changes
•             Find & replace
•             Cross-reference
•             Citations & managing sources
•             Bookmarks
•             Hyperlinks
•             Excel charts in Word
•             Templates
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students and SU staff. Includes light refreshments. 
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need the skills to create a thesis or dissertation template according to SU requirements.
 
Venue:
Stellenbosch Campus, classrooms to be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za
 
Note that if you are unable to attend these full day workshops, the Library is offering 2 hour sessions on Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word) during 2017. Read more ...

 

Grant writing for postgraduates

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

16 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
27 Jul 2018 to 27 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

In view of researchers increasingly being expected to generate research funds, the DRD offers researchers interactive grant writing workshops. 

Outline of workshop programme:
(i) The core components of a grant proposal
(ii) Why grant proposals fail
(iii) What reviewers are looking for
(iv) Structure of proposals
(v) Where to look for funding opportunities
(vi) Ten crucial tips
(vii) Budgeting fundamentals
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students who would like to apply for funding for their research.
 
Cost:
There are no participation costs involved for registered postgraduates. Includes refreshments and a light lunch.  
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Dates & times:
 
08:30-16:30
 
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop
 
Please send enquiries to pgskills@sun.ac.za.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Aug 2018

Sep 2018

Avoiding Plagiarism

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Feb 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
9 Mar 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
5 Jun 2018 to 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
7 Sep 2018 to 7 Sep 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
2 Oct 2018 to 2 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.
 
Description:
This workshop illustrates the principles of sound academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
 
The workshop covers:
(i)  Introduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii) Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered Postgraduate Students.
 
Target Audience:
Current Honours, Masters and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
09:00 - 13:00
 
 
Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

Oct 2018

Microsoft Word for large documents

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

5 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
21 May 2018 to 21 May 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Jun 2018 to 4 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
23 Jul 2018 to 23 Jul 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
1 Oct 2018 to 1 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This workshop is suitable for postgraduate students wishing to learn how to format a large document such as a thesis or dissertation in Microsoft Word according to Stellenbosch University (SU) thesis and dissertation requirements.  
 
Description:
This workshop covers how to use the following MS Word functions effectively:
 
•             Help
•             Page layout
•             Styles
•             Chapter headings
•             Captions
•             Footnotes
•             Numbered lists
•             Page breaks/ section breaks
•             Non-breakings spaces
•             Blank pages
•             Page numbers
•             Table of contents / List of figures / List of tables
•             Spelling & grammar
•             Columns & borders
•             Hanging bibliography
•             Tables
•             Flow charts / Smart art
•             Screen clippings & screenshots
•             Outline view
•             Master documents
•             Track changes
•             Find & replace
•             Cross-reference
•             Citations & managing sources
•             Bookmarks
•             Hyperlinks
•             Excel charts in Word
•             Templates
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students and SU staff. Includes light refreshments. 
 
Target Audience:
Postgraduate students working on their thesis or dissertation who need the skills to create a thesis or dissertation template according to SU requirements.
 
Venue:
Stellenbosch Campus, classrooms to be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited. The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 

Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
08h30-16h30
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za
 
Note that if you are unable to attend these full day workshops, the Library is offering 2 hour sessions on Tips on how to format your thesis (MS Word) during 2017. Read more ...

 

Avoiding Plagiarism

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

9 Feb 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
9 Mar 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
5 Jun 2018 to 5 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
7 Sep 2018 to 7 Sep 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00
2 Oct 2018 to 2 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 13:00

Description

Plagiarism can be a confusing topic for students, especially when they are expected to build on the work of other scholars in their field. Many find it challenging creating an original piece of work, while still relying on the research output of other scholars.
 
Description:
This workshop illustrates the principles of sound academic writing, which when followed, make plagiarism highly unlikely. This half day workshop will show you how to avoid plagiarism through practical exercises and examples that illustrate how to explain your work in relation to that of other scholars - taking ethical principles and practices into consideration, as well as using correct referencing and paraphrasing techniques.
 
The workshop covers:
(i)  Introduction to research integrity and ethical scientific writing.
(ii) Practical exercises illustrating what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
(iii) How to use the software tool Turnitin to check your own work for possible plagiarism before handing it in.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered Postgraduate Students.
 
Target Audience:
Current Honours, Masters and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those who are in the process of writing their proposals or literature reviews and want to know how to apply sound academic writing principles.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered students.
 

Booking and Contact details

Please click on the date below for the 2018 workshop that you would like to attend.

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are very limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes.
 
Dates & Times (Main campus):
 
09:00 - 13:00
 
 
Dates & Times (Tygerberg campus):
 
TBD.
 
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Creating your thesis or dissertation - Part 1, 2 & 3

This calendar entry occurs on the dates below – these dates are tentative and will be confirmed along with venue at a later stage. Booking is essential.

6 Mar 2018 to 6 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Mar 2018 to 8 Mar 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
6 Jun 2018 to 6 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
7 Jun 2018 to 7 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
8 Jun 2018 to 8 Jun 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
3 Oct 2018 to 3 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
4 Oct 2018 to 4 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30
5 Oct 2018 to 5 Oct 2018 at 8:00 to 16:30

Description

This is a generic 3 day workshop aimed at postgraduate students from different SU departments and faculties. It is intended to complement and support the work of students' academic departments and supervisors. 
 
This three-day workshop covers the full research process, each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format (see below) allows a considerable amount of content to be covered. It gives sufficient time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.
 
Note: It is important to attend all three days, as this workshop has been designed as an integrated, three-day package.  Part 1 precedes the Creating your thesis or dissertation Part 2 and Part 3 sessions.
 
Part (Day) 1: The research proposal
On day 1, the fundamentals of research are covered – what research is, ethical considerations in research, the importance of narrowing down the scope of the research project, defining key terminology (such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives) and the importance of a well-conceptualised research proposal.  The structure of a comprehensive research proposal is addressed, with each component discussed in detail.  In the afternoon, there is a group exercise, in which participants are asked to formulate and present the key components of a research proposal, and are then given feedback.
 
Part (Day) 2: Research design and methodology
Day 2 is spent looking at research design and methodology.  The importance of effective record keeping, as well as different types of data and commonly used research methods across a range of disciplines are addressed.  Also covered: key concepts that examiners are likely to raise, such as sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing; and a quick look at data analysis, both quantitative and qualitative.  Examples of a comprehensive research design and methodology chapter are uitlised, so that participants have a framework within which to structure and plan for their research design and methodology.  Project management principles in research are also covered.  In the afternoon, participants go back into their groups from the previous day, make changes in the light of the feedback received and then take the exercise further and develop a detailed research design and methodology.  
 
Part (Day) 3: Thesis writing
Important initial considerations, such as when to start writing, institutional requirements regarding the thesis, the process of editing, writer’s block and other problems that students may have, which may act as stumbling blocks to the completion of the thesis are covered on day 3. Different structures of a thesis, what goes where and how to write the different chapters or sections are also discussed.  Special emphasis is placed on writing a high quality literature review.  Common mistakes in academic writing that students make when writing their theses are also looked at.  There is a detailed consideration of the thesis examination process, what can go wrong and how to address examiners’ feedback.
 
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days, as each day builds on material that was covered in the previous part(s). The workshops (Part 1, 2 and 3) can either be attended over 3 consecutive days or over a few months with intervals between Parts.
 
Language:
The workshop is presented in English.
 
Cost:
Free to registered postgraduate students. Includes refreshments and a light lunch. 
 
Target Audience:
Current and prospective Master's and PhD students at Stellenbosch, especially those at the start of their research degrees.
 
Venue:
To be confirmed with registered participants.
 

Booking and Contact details

2018 bookings - please click on the dates below to enrol for the Part 1, 2 & 3 workshop you would like to attend.
 
Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited.The following dates are tentative - we will notify you if anything changes. 
 
Dates & Times:
 
08:30 - 16:30
 
Part 1

6 March 2018
6 June 2018
3 October 2018

 
Part 2

7 March 2018
7 June 2018
4 October 2018

 
Part 3
The PG Skills programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward if there are not sufficient applications. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop.
 
For any enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za

 

Nov 2018

Dec 2018