Make the most of Professional Development

Doctoral candidates at JCU undertake the subject RD7003 Professional Development as part of their degree. This subject requires completion of 40 hours of professional development, or 10 points in the Leadership and Initiative category. MPhil candidates may opt to undertake the subject RM7003 Professional Development, but are not obliged to do so.  If they do opt in they will complete 10 hours of Flexible professional development, or 3 Leadership and Initiative points.

RD7003 and RM7003 allow you the flexibility to put together a program of professional development that best suits your career aspirations. Make the most of it, and start planning early.  Whether you wish to become an academic, or go on to a career in the many sectors that welcome the skills you hone during HDR candidature, you and your advisory team can design a PD program that will give you the attributes that employers are looking for.

Professional development activities undertaken during your candidature will be formally recorded on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS), so future employers can see your achievements.

While the Graduate Research School offers a wide range of both face-to-face workshops and online modules that you can use to build your PD program, you are not restricted to the GRS offerings. You can choose to undertake a JCU undergraduate or postgraduate subject (usually at no cost to you), or you may look further afield to courses and workshops outside JCU. You are strongly encouraged to work with your advisory team to formulate a personalised Professional Development program that suits both your project and your career aspirations.  The Flexible Component of your program can be what you want it to be, within broad guidelines and with the agreement of your advisory team. Check the RD7003 or RM7003 Subject Outlines for details.

The list below shows GRS courses that may be undertaken online, through the LearnJCU Higher Degree by Research Organisation.

For candidates who are external or who would like to explore flexible online options for PD training, the below list shows GRS courses that may be undertaken online, through the LearnJCU Higher Degree by Research Organisation.

Contains not just two Fixed Component modules, but also a range of Flexible Component courses such as Managing and recording your research, Data selection, analysis and presentation, Scholarly publication, Professional responsibilities, and Communication and social responsibility. Completion of each course, including the end-of-course quiz, will gain you three hours that you can count towards the Flexible Component of RD7003.

Contains a wide range of topics pertinent to research practice, including modules on Conflicts of interest, Responsible conduct of human participants research, Care and use of animals in research, and Intellectual property.. Completion of each topic, including the end-of-course quiz, will gain you three hours that you can count towards the Elective Component of RD7003.

This module guides you in the scientific integrity issues you need to understand when undertaking research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and is highly recommended for all candidates working in this area.  Successful completion will allow you to count three hours towards the doctoral subject RD7003 Professional Development.

Contains not just the compulsory module Undertaking a Literature Review, but also a range of elective courses such as Principles of research methods, Research methods topics in a variety of disciplines, and Research methods in practice: STEM.  Three hours’ credit per topic.

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.  Three hours’ credit per topic.

These two courses, created by Associate Professor Liz Tynan at the GRS, provide candidates with an overview of academic writing and academic editing.  Completion of each course will provide 12 hours of RD7003/RM7003 credit.

Previously known as, this program provides online, course-based video instruction for information technology, business, communication, design, education and creative skills. The 3,000+ courses and 130,000+ videos are geared to beginner, intermediate and advanced users.

You are also welcome to make your selection from the wide range of external courses offered by other providers.  You may use your student funds to pay for external courses, so long as your advisory team agrees.  For a range of external courses, see External Training Opportunities. Of particular interest are the eGrad School, which offers highly regarded training that many JCU HDRs have undertaken.

Also, the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) runs excellent courses, as does Coursera.