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Short Courses and Workshops

Position yourself for success! The Learning Centre offers a range of short courses and workshops that will assist you with your university studies.

All events are free and open to JCU students from all year levels and courses.


Study Period 2, 2021

Short Courses

This short course is designed to build confidence and competence in students returning to maths or in need of a refresher.

You will be able to work through modules at your own pace with support and guidance from our experienced facilitators, who will be on hand to assist you to work through mathematical concepts.

This course is particularly helpful for students intending to study courses where mathematics and statistics are required.

You can choose to participate in The Maths Refresher either face to face or online. All registrants should attend the online introductory session.

Internal students should attend the on-campus workshop. External students should work through material at their own pace and join the online External Workshop.

Date(s)

Online Introductory Session : Thursday 22nd July : 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Workshop Sessions On Campus :  Saturday 24th July 9am to 3pm

External Session: Wednesday 28th July 5pm -6pm

Online Link

Registration for this course is closed.

Unable to make the first session? Follow these instructions to join the online organisation.

Download the Maths Refresher Short Course workbooks in PDF format:

Revise basic statistics concepts that will support future learning throughout your degree. You will learn how to collect, organise, analyse and interpret information.

This session introduces you to the self-paced online modules.

Date(s)

Friday 23rd July : 1pm - 3pm

Online Link

Registration for this course is closed.

Unable to make the video chat sessions? Follow these instructions to join the online organisation.

If you missed the Basic Statistics Short Course, you can download the workshop presentation slides (PDF, 7131 KB)

Academic writing is very different to the writing you might be familiar with outside of university. This informative and hands-on course is designed to address the skills needed to research and write various academic texts such as essays, reports and annotated bibliographies.

The Academic Writing Short Course is conducted in three 50 minute fully online sessions.

Date(s)

Part 1 - Unpacking task question and searching library databases
Tuesday 27 July : 12 noon - 1pm, repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Part 2 - Taking notes and planning for writing
Wednesday 28th July : 12 noon - 1pm,  repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Part 3 - Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
Thursday 29th July : 12 noon - 1pm,  repeat session at 6pm - 7pm

Online Link

Registration for this course is closed.

Online Academic Writing Short Course

If you are unable to attend the Academic Writing Workshop on campus The Learning Centre also provides a series of webinar recordings which are available at the bottom of the page.

Workshop overview

Part I: Unpacking the essay question and searching library databases
Learn effective strategies for understanding your essay question and searching library databases. Have a copy of your subject outline and one of your subject readings on hand for this active learning session.

Part II: Taking notes and planning for writing
Learn various methods for taking notes, how to structure and organise your first academic assignment.

Part III: Integrating evidence, editing and referencing
One of the most important learning and assessment tools at university is the writing of essays. These essays differ from the essays you wrote at school. Firstly, they are written in an academic style, and secondly, the content is often a synthesis of ideas you have collected from a wide variety of readings. Learn how to summarise and paraphrase research and readings and reference accordingly.

If you missed the Academic Writing Short Course, you can download the workshop presentation slides (PDF, 2974 KB), or you may be interested in the Academic Writing in the Disciplines Workshops (see below). Download the Summarising, Paraphrasing and Quoting slides here (PDF, 1696 KB).

For additional academic writing support visit: Essay Writing Basics, Assignment Guides and The Writing Guide.

Making a Start: an academic orientation for postgraduate coursework students

As a new Masters (coursework) student are you unsure of what to expect? This workshop covers expectations for academic writing and writing genres; critical thinking; writing tips; how to approach writing tasks; deciphering subject outlines, task sheets and assessment rubrics/criteria, and tips on data analysis and useful statistics resources.

Date(s)
23rd July 12 noon to 1.30pm
Cairns: B001-106
Townsville: 18-002A and 18-002B
Online Link

Registration for this course is closed.

Postgraduate by Coursework Orientation

Self-Study Workshops

Learn valuable organisation and study skills to maximise your learning, make the best use of your time and thus achieve better results.

Self-Study Workshops

Develop your understanding of writing for academic purposes by learning how to organise and express your ideas. Explore a variety of assessment types to help you succeed at university and beyond. These self-study guides focus on the fundamentals of writing (paragraphing, using evidence, etc.) with reference to discipline specific typical text types / genres.

Self-Study Guides

Writing in the Sciences (PDF, 2210KB)

Writing in the Humanities (PDF, 1010KB)

If you missed the postgraduate by coursework academic orientation, you can access the material in the self-study workshop Making a Start by clicking this link.

Once you have complete the modules, we would value your feedback. Please click this link for a short survey.

Online Webinar Recordings

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