TERTL504-18B (HAM)

Supervising Postgraduate Students

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper will introduce selected practical issues and contemporary theoretical perspectives in postgraduate supervision, with a focus on participants’ own experience. The paper aims to extend participants’ knowledge of both the research and practical perspectives on the epistemology of postgraduate student supervision. Discussion topics may include models of supervision, different models of the thesis, developing students' research writing, specific issues in the supervision of international students, transferable skills beyond the postgraduate degree, and postgraduate qualifications within an international context.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is an elective paper in the PGCert Tertiary Teaching & Learning. It requires 150 hours of study and will be taught in blended format, which will include face-to-face meetings, online (Moodle) discussion and interactions, independent study, assessment preparation, and practice-based tasks.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

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    1. Articulate and discuss current ideas related to the theory and practice of postgraduate supervision;
    2. Integrate current ideas about postgraduate supervision into their own supervisory practice.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Readings, reflections, and discussion
All Completed
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Annotated bibliography
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Workshop presentation proposal
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Workshop oral presentation
  • In Class: In Workshop
5. Reflective summarisation of paper and own supervision
19 Oct 2018
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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See Moodle for weekly recommended readings.

General recommended readings include:

Bitchener, J. (2018). A guide to supervising non-native English writers of theses and dissertations. London: Routledge.

Carter, S., & Laurs, D. (Eds.) (2018). Developing research writing: A handbook for supervisors and advisors. London: Routledge.

Taylor, S., Kiley, M., Humphrey, R. (2018). A handbook for doctoral supervisors, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge.

Wisker, G. (2012). The good supervisor: Supervising postgraduate and undergraduate research for doctoral theses and dissertations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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Online Support

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The paper is supported by Moodle.

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This is a 15-point paper, which equates to approximately 150 hours of study. In addition to face-to-face and online hours, participants are expected to commit sufficient time to the paper each week to complete preparation, reading, assignments, engagement in discussions and practice-based tasks.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is designed to provide an overview of issues and theories in postgraduate supervision. As such it contributes to the broad focus on issues associated with tertiary teaching and learning, which is addressed in the PGCert Tertiary Teaching & Learning.
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