Dr Liz Tynan presents the RD7003 Professional Development Information session, to find out more and session dates click here.
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Make the most of Professional Development opportunities during your candidature, see our guide here.
The Professional Development Program includes sessions or online modules that are compulsory for all HDR candidates. Termed Compulsory Components, these sessions will generally be held during ‘intensive weeks’ that follow our twice-yearly HDR Induction Days in both Townsville and Cairns. Most of these seminars have also been recorded and may be viewed via LearnJCU. If you choose to fulfil a compulsory component by viewing the seminar online, you will have to answer several quiz questions about the seminar after you have viewed it, to demonstrate that you have understood the content. You will find a record of your completion of the quizzes in the My Grades part of the LearnJCU Community.
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.
Also included in the Professional Development Program is a series of sessions and online modules that are optional, termed Elective Components. There is no requirement for Research Masters candidates to complete Elective Components; however they are encouraged to do so as part of their HDR Professional Development Audit Plan. Research Doctorate candidates must attend at least 52 hours of elective professional development activities in the first 18 months of full-time equivalent candidature, by the Mid-Candidature Review Milestone. Research Doctorate candidates enrolled after 1 January 2018 must also complete a further 40 hours of elective professional development by the Pre-Completion Evaluation Milestone. The Elective Components provided as part of the GRS Professional Development Program can be used towards fulfilling that requirement, as may non-GRS activities that fit the criteria of training and are approved by each candidate’s candidature committee.
Each year Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns from Thinkwell travel to Townsville and Cairns to present various workshops. We highly recommend these workshops to both HDR candidates and research staff. Click here for more information.
The following JCU and external training opportunities may be claimed as Elective Components of the HDR Skills Audit and Plan, if your advisory team agrees that they are valuable professional development activities. Registration information will vary and you should visit the listed websites or contact the nominated convenors for further information.
Where HDR candidates choose to undertake paid training external to JCU, it is expected that travel and registration costs will be borne by the candidate. Candidates must also ensure that they receive official notification of attendance/completion if they wish to use external courses in partial fulfilment of RD7003 Professional Development.
Some candidates may be required to undertake Conditional Components, depending upon several factors, including the nature of their project and whether they are enrolled as international candidates. Conditional Components may be a requirement of both PhD and Masters by Research programs. In the case of PhD candidates, Conditional Component activities are counted towards Elective Component hours for the purposes of RD7003 Professional Development. These components include the Skills for International Postgraduates (SKIP) program, which is compulsory for all international HDR candidates in the first year of their study. They may also involve the writing support program associated with the Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA) system. Other Conditional Components include diving, boating or other safety training requirements, or human or animal research ethics workshops (additional to compulsory ethics training).