We know that you will be considering options to keep your doctoral studies moving right now. You may like to take advantage of free, flexible online modules to progress your professional development. The list below shows online modules available on the LearnJCU Higher Degree by Research Students Organisation. Please log into the Organisation and look at the menu to the left of your screen. Note that in the case of Epigeum modules, each individual topic you choose will provide three hours of Professional Development credit, once you have completed the end-of-module quiz.
JCU has been accepted into the Coursera free online professional development program, available in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Details below.
Available on our LearnJCU platform:
Epigeum Research Integrity Additional Modules: contains not just the compulsory core course, but also a range of elective courses such as: Human subjects protection, The humane use and care of animals in research, Conflict of interest, Safety and health and Intellectual property.
Epigeum Research Integrity Modules: contains discipline-specific research integrity courses including Biomedical sciences, Natural and physical sciences, Engineering and technology, Social and behavioural sciences and Arts and humanities.
Epigeum Research Skills Master Program: contains not just the compulsory research methods course, but also a range of elective courses such as Transferrable skills, Entrepreneurship and Ethics.
Epigeum Statistical Methods for Research: highly recommended for all candidates who need to use statistics in their research. Training is available in stats for Biomedical sciences, Business, Engineering and technology, Natural sciences and Social Sciences.
Epigeum Avoiding Plagiarism: useful training for all research degree candidates who need to be clear on exactly what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
Scientific Integrity: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Ethics Module: This module, developed by a number of JCU collaborators led by Dr Lynn Woodward, is recommended for HDR candidates carrying out research related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. [Updated version under construction – will be available soon.]
The Art of Academic Writing: This writing module helps you build and hone your writing skills. A research degree requires high-level writing skills that demonstrate technical correctness and excellent style that matches the requirements of the discipline. This course will provide practical tips and strategies to help you reach your writing goals. If you complete all topics in the course you may count 12 hours towards RD7003 Professional Development.
The Art of Academic Editing: This module takes you through the foundational skills you need to edit your own work. Topics include grammar, punctuation, sentences, paragraphs and style. If you complete all topics in the course you may count 12 hours towards RD7003 Professional Development. [NB this module is currently closed for repair but should be available again in late April.]
Externally available courses
You are also welcome to make PD selections from the wide range of excellent external courses offered by other providers, some of which may charge a fee. You may use HDR funds to pay for external courses, so long as your advisory team and College agree. For a range of external courses, go to this site: https://www.jcu.edu.au/graduate-research-school/Workshops-and-training/external-training-opportunities
The eGrad School offers highly regarded training that many JCU HDRs have undertaken: https://www.atn.edu.au/industry-collaboration/e-grad-school/. These courses do charge a fee.
You may wish to explore the online training opportunities offered by Coursera, which partners with leading US universities and companies to provide content. This online professional development organisation is currently waiving course fees for universities affected by the pandemic, including JCU. Please send an e-mail to Associate Professor Liz Tynan if you wish to access the free Coursera program (Elizabeth.Tynan@jcu.edu.au)
We encourage PhD candidates to continue fulfilling the requirements of RD7003 Professional Development during these challenging times. However, we are introducing some flexibility into the administrative arrangements to acknowledge that the pandemic may have interrupted your PD plans. Candidates who are approaching Mid-Candidature Review, at which time they would normally have been required to have completed 50 hours of their Elective Component, may now defer finalising their entire Elective Component (that is, all 90 hours) until the Pre-Completion Milestone. This means that you will not need to demonstrate the completion of 50 hours of Elective Component at Mid-Candidature, but instead can finalise the whole requirement near the end of candidature. Note that if you are approaching Mid-Candidature and you already have your 50 hours, you can go ahead and claim them at that milestone, as per the usual guidelines. This new measure is intended for those who are finding it difficult at present to undertake PD activities and would like a bit more time. When submitting MCR paperwork, please make a note that you would like to defer your Elective Component until Pre-Completion, and the GRS team will make a note on your file. Those who choose this option should note that the subject RD7003 will not be able to be passed until Pre-Completion.
Also, Take advantage of the new Leadership and Initiative PD category
Please consider how you might take advantage of the new Leadership and Initiative category in RD7003, in which candidates may claim points for a wide variety of activities, and in doing so may be exempted from the final 40 hours of PD. Those candidates who are currently running virtual writing circles/Shut Up And Write groups, for example, are most welcome to claim credit for these activities. Some aims@jcu candidates have been co-ordinating the JCU car fleet so that fellow HDR candidates are able to travel to AIMS, and that activity will also count. Many other activities may be included, such as leading discussions on our new discussion boards. For more information, please go to the Leadership and Initiative web page.