RD7003 Compulsory Workshops

The Professional Development Program includes Induction sessions and online modules that are compulsory for all HDR candidates, whether they are undertaking a PhD or a research masters. These Induction activities have both face-to-face and flexible elements. The Induction is held six times per year in Townsville, Cairns and via Zoom.

In addition, a range of flexible online compulsory modules should be undertaken before Confirmation. These are available in the Higher Degree by Research Students Organisation on LearnJCU, and are marked with the word COMPULSORY. The online elements of Induction include short quizzes that must be completed, with a pass rate for each module of 80 per cent. You will find a record of your completion of the quizzes in the My Grades part of the LearnJCU Community.

Guide to using CareerHub and LearnJCU

JCU HDR candidates are advised to ensure that they are familiar with the requirements set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

COMPULSORY Components

All HDR Candidates must complete the HDR Induction as soon as possible after commencing. There are 2 options for Induction:

  • OPTION ONE (Recommended): Online plus face to face workshop (or Zoom workshop)

Or

  • OPTION TWO (If you are unable to attend the face to face or Zoom session): Online only

OPTION ONE: Online plus Face to Face (or Zoom)

Complete the module in the Higher Degree by Research Organisation in LearnJCU called: HDR Induction COMPULSORY MODULE ONLINE + FACE TO FACE (OR ZOOM).

Register to attend one of the scheduled face to face sessions via CareerHub.

Date and TimeLocation
Wednesday 24 March 2021 at 10:30am to 2:45pm AESTZoom
Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 10:00am to 2:30pm AESTTownsville Campus - 25-002
Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 10:00am to 2:30pm AESTCairns Campus - D3-054
Tuesday 10 August 2021 at 10:30am to 2:45pm AESTZoom
Thursday 4 November 2021 at 10:00am to 2:30pm AESTTownsville Campus
Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 10:00am to 2:30pm AESTCairns Campus

This session includes:

  • A panel session with HDR Ambassadors: What I wish I had known when I started my research higher degree.
  • Library Services
  • JCU Connect and Ethics
  • The Process for Higher Degree by Research at JCU

OPTION TWO: Online only

Complete the module in the Higher Degree by Research Organisation in LearnJCU called: HDR Induction COMPULSORY MODULE ONLINE ONLY.

Successfully completing a Higher Degree by Research requires skills to manage not just your project, but also to balance many different demands and responsibilities and maintaining your well being along the way. This workshop will offer an opportunity to prepare for the emotional journey of your candidature and to build resilience. The focus will be on developing and strengthening strategies to assist you in facing ‘the bumps on the road’ so that you are able to continue to do what is important.  Topics covered in this workshop include self-awareness, values and strengths, managing difficult thoughts and emotions and communicating effectively.

Register to attend one of the scheduled sessions via CareerHub.

Date and TimeLocation
Thursday 25 March 2021 at 11:00am - 1:30pm AEST (9:00am - 11:30am SGT)Zoom
Thursday 20 May 2021 at 9:00am - 11:30am AESTTownsville Campus - 25-002
Wednesday 2 June 2021 at 9:00am - 11:30am AESTCairns Campus - D3-054
Wednesday 11 August 2021 at 2:00pm - 4:30pm AEST (12:00pm - 2:30pm SGT)Zoom
Friday 5 November 2021 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm AESTTownsville Campus
Thursday 11 November 2021 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm AESTCairns Campus

This practical, interactive workshop explores issues of gender, relationships and sexuality, consent and ethics in contemporary Australian society, with particular relevance to HDR candidates.  The workshop busts some common myths about sexual harassment and sexual assault – and equips you to set boundaries on your own and other people’s behaviours – as active participants and bystanders.


Note: the session includes discussion of sexual assault, and is designed to be completed by all Higher Degree Research candidates.  If you feel unable to complete this session for personal reasons, please contact a Sexual Misconduct Officer to arrange a confidential exemption.

Register to attend one of the scheduled sessions via CareerHub.

Date and TimeLocation
Thursday 25 March 2021 at 2:00 - 4:00pm AEST (12:00pm - 2:00pm SGT)Zoom
Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 2:00 - 4:00pm AEST (12:00pm - 2:00pm SGT)Zoom
Thursday 1 April 2021 at 3:00pm - 5:00pm AEST (1:00pm - 3:00pm SGT)Zoom
Thursday 20 May 2021 at 1:00 - 3:00pm AESTTownsville Campus - 17-131
Wednesday 11 August 2021 at 11:00am - 1:00pm AEST (9:00am - 11:00am SGT)Zoom
Friday 5 November 2021 at 9:00am - 11:00am AESTTownsville Campus
Thursday 11 November 2021 at 9:00am - 11:00am AESTCairns Campus

All HDR candidates must complete the Epigeum Research Integrity: Responsible conduct of Research online module upon commencement of their degree. The module is available in the folder titled “Epigeum Research Integrity Compulsory Module” in the Higher Degree by Research Students Organisation in LearnJCU. You may undertake this module flexibly, in your own time.

The Responsible Conduct of Research module provides a flexible ethics study area that enables research candidates to engage in an interactive way with ethical issues in many different contexts.  The module includes a short quiz, the results of which are recorded. You must get at least 80 per cent of the quiz questions correct to successfully complete the course.

If you score below 80 per cent in the re-take module, you will need to start the process again.

Contact the GRS if you have any difficulties: grs@jcu.edu.au

HDR candidates must undertake this module during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).

This course aims to give HDR candidates a sound understanding of the literature review process.  Examples are taken from many different disciplines and will be relevant to all researchers, regardless of academic field.  Content will includes the components 'What is a literature review?', 'Searching for literature', 'Evaluation of the literature' and 'Writing up your review'.  The Research Methods in Literature Review module will take approximately 3 hours to complete.

This module provides a flexible study area that enables HDR candidates to engage interactively in different contexts.  The module includes a pre-course quiz as well as post-course survey and quiz activities.

Access to this and other online modules is via LearnJCU’s Community Group ‘Higher Degree by Research Students’.  You will find the compulsory Research Methods in Literature Review module in the Research Skills Master Program folder.  That folder also contains other elective modules that you may consider undertaking in addition to the compulsory module.

HDR candidates must complete this online module at least once during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).

This series of brief videos provides both practical and conceptual tools for approaching academic writing tasks of various kinds.  The videos provide an overview of the principles and strategies needed for writing effective academic prose, then editing it to a high professional standard.  The emphasis is on writing and editing for a range of academic purposes, particularly research proposals, theses and journal articles.  The workshop establishes a foundation of academic writing and editing that the candidate will build upon throughout candidature.

The module can be found in the Higher Degree by Research Organisation in LearnJCU - in the Professional Writing and Editing folder. For information on how to access the organisation please refer to the Using CareerHub and LearnJCU guide.

Candidates must complete the associated brief quiz.

HDR candidates must complete this online module during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).  

Management of Data and Information in Research  training video introduces research HDR candidates to the emerging practice of eResearch and the impact modern data-centric practices will have on all research disciplines. Funding agencies and institutions are now moving to require not only that the outputs of your research (e.g. papers) but also the primary research data that you use are made more openly available wherever possible. The motivations for this change in policy and practice are to do with data reusability and also ensuring data integrity.  As a result of these changes, research data management is becoming more important and concepts such as ‘metadata’ – data about data, licensing and IP ownership – are becoming more important for all researchers to understand.  The move to open data and systems is also resulting in entirely new forms of research being possible.  Generally available IT tools and open, discoverable data are creating new data centric approaches to research.

The Data Management video covers:

  • An introduction to the research data management program at JCU;
  • Types of data and why research data management is important; and
  • A framework for managing research data:
    • The Data Life Cycle
    • Data Management Plans
The module can be found in the Higher Degree by Research Organisation in LearnJCU, in the Management of Data and Information in Research  folder. For information on how to access the organisation please refer to the Using CareerHub and LearnJCU guide.

Please complete the associated brief quiz.

HDR candidates must complete this module during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).  

Plagiarism comprises not only direct copying of aspects of another person’s work but also the reproduction, even if slightly rewritten or adapted, of someone else’s ideas. In both cases, someone else’s work is presented as one's own. Explore the issue of plagiarism as it applies to higher degree by research candidates and their advisors.

The module can be found in the Higher Degree by Research Organisation in LearnJCU, located in a folder called Academic Integrity and Plagiarism.

Please complete the associated brief quiz.

For information on how to access the organisation please refer to the Using CareerHub and LearnJCU guide

In addition, an Epigeum module on plagiarism is available through LearnJCU (click here for more details). Note that the Epigeum module does not replace the compulsory course.

HDR candidates must complete this module during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).  

Researchers need to be aware of copyright obligations and privileges as both creators and users of copyright protected material; understand their rights as the creator (e.g. author) of your thesis, research publications and other works; and realise their obligations in using the work of others, e.g. when reproducing figures, images, photos, tables, survey instruments, multimedia, other print and online materials.

This series of videos introduces the copyright issues to be addressed throughout the thesis process – research, writing, submitting and publishing – and provides examples of how best to protect your copyright including assigning, licensing and seeking permissions to use other third party copyright materials. The module also considers the trends towards open access publication and what this means for researchers. This workshop will provide practical advice and examples on how to submit a thesis to ResearchOnline@JCU the JCU digital repository and how to promote the thesis through the repository.

Have you or do you intend to publish sections of your thesis or your thesis as a whole?

  • You must understand what you agree to in the publisher agreement before you sign it. Once you have signed this agreement it will influence how you can use your own work in the future.
  • There are certain conditions you should look for in an agreement; can you include a published or Accepted Version in your thesis, both in print and online?
  • If you have already signed an agreement or published your work, re-read the agreement to see what it allows. If you sign copyright over to the publisher, you are no longer the copyright holder, even though you are the creator of the work.
  • This means that you must obtain permission from the publisher if you wish to include your published papers in your thesis and that your thesis will be available through the institutional repository (ResearchOnline@JCU).
  • Other helpful resources include the ResearchOnline@JCU LibGuide, Publishing Academic Research LibGuide or you can contact copyright@jcu.edu.au for further information.

The module can be found in the Higher Degree by Research organisation in LearnJCU, in the Copyright folder.

For information  on how to access the organisation please refer to the Using CareerHub and LearnJCU guide.

Please complete the associated brief quiz.

HDR candidates must complete this module during the first 12 months of candidature (full-time equivalent).  

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage system that is supported by JCU IT and provides a flexible method for storing HDR-related materials. This video contains  OneDrive training provided by JCU IT experts who show you how the system operates.

The GRS also requires HDR candidates to use the CareerHub system for booking workshop attendance and for retaining documents relating to professional development. During this part of the video, participants are shown how to access their official attendance files on CareerHub, and how to upload material relevant to their professional development and future careers.

LearnJCU is where you can undertake any GRS online learning modules, including the modules that are compulsory for your candidature.  This part of the video demonstrates how to access modules and find the records of your completion of online activities.

The module can be found in the Higher Degree by Research Student Organisation in LearnJCU, in the OneDrive. CareerHub and LearnJCU compulsory workshop folder.

For information on how to access the organisation please refer to the Using CareerHub and LearnJCU guide.

Please complete the associated brief quiz.

Resources

HDR candidates must complete this online training at the commencement of their candidature.

All training sessions and online videos can be found here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/work-health-and-safety/training

JCU WHS Mandatory Safety Training Course

JCU Work Health and Safety Induction – all Post Graduate Students

To be completed at commencement and a refresher every 3 years or when legislation changes

JCU fire & evacuation Program (FEP) – all Post Graduate Students

To be completed at commencement and annually thereafter

RiskWare System Use – all Post Graduate Students

To be completed at commencement once only

WHS Risk management Fundamentals Training – all Post Graduate Students

To be completed at commencement once only

RiskWare Field Trip Module

To be completed if undertaking field work

Other training may also be required to complete – make contact with your advisor/supervisor or the WHS Unit- whstraining@jcu.edu.au

You will need to retain evidence that you have completed these online modules. Please email whstraining@jcu.edu.auPlease note that the GRS does not have access to these records so candidates must ensure that they obtain a record for themselves.

Resources

JCU Respect: Recognise, Respond, Refer, Report: is an online module designed for all staff and students addressing sexual harassment and sexual assault. The module provides introductory content on recognising a problem (including basic consent/bystander behaviours), responding to disclosures by others, referring to appropriate support services, and reporting to the University and other agencies.

The module includes discussion of sexual harassment and sexual assault.  If you feel unable to complete the module for personal reasons you can contact a Sexual Misconduct Officer to arrange a confidential exemption.

You will find the module in LearnJCU under the “Subjects” tab.