M & D Research Training Programme

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Master's and Doctoral Research Training Workshop

Facilitated by: College of Graduate Studies (CGS)

Welcome to the masters’ (M) and doctoral (D) research training workshops. The School of Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Studies (SIRGS) which is in the College of Graduates Studies (CGS) supports you in your research journey of undertaking postgraduate studies. We hope you will enjoy these workshops and find them informative.

The training workshops are interdisciplinary in nature and they should be useful to the whole Unisa M&D community. Remember researchers from all fields answer the same questions entailing to their research, namely, why is it important, how and when it is going to be done, and what resources are needed.

These workshops aim to give you a broader understanding of the research process. At the end of the workshops you should be able to talk with greater confidence about research methodologies and the role of theory in research.

You must remember that research is a social activity that forms part of your unstructured learning in your career path. You will face many difficulties in undertaking this social activity. You will be called upon to be committed, resilient, work hard, display maturity, develop patience and understanding and grow a thick skin. Your journey is likely to be smooth and rewarding if you use some of the tips provided in these research training workshops. The objectives of these training workshops are to:

  • familiarise postgraduate students with the Unisa research environment and research ethics;
  • provide information about the research process, the functions and components of the research proposal;
  • introduce postgraduate students to similarity checking software (e.g. Turnitin), and interpreting the similarity index report
  • acquaint postgraduate students with various referencing styles used in research
  • develop skills to utilise research resources such as library and available research technologies;
  • train postgraduate students in research methods and the available electronic resources on research methodology and technology available at Unisa (SPSS & Atlas.ti for instance);
  • develop an understanding of the role of theory in research;
  • provide postgraduate students with strategies on how to gain an understanding and access to their scientific community;
  • introduce postgraduate students to the concept of graduateness and the meaning of making “an original research contribution” (for PhD students);
  • interlink research ideas to relevant theories, concepts, models, trends and empirical findings in their fields; and
  • Introduce students to descriptive and inferential statistics; as well as to basic and complex model testing using statistics.

Bear in mind that research being a social activity means that you must develop networks and recognise others. Recognising others fosters academic integrity and reduces academic dishonesty. We acknowledge the discipline-specific workshops that you are already receiving from your various Colleges. We also recognise all the Unisans and non-Unisans who have contributed content and feedback on these training workshops. We will not mention them by name for in the interests of achieving brevity.

Feel free to send your comments and questions to M&DRW@unisa.ac.za and you must also like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnisaTrainingWorkshops, where you can also post further feedback. We wish you success and good luck with your research journey.

The research training workshops will cover various themes including:

  • Unisa research environment
  • Utilising the Library
    • Accounting Sciences
    • Agriculture and Environmental Science
    • Economic and Management Sciences
    • Education
    • Human Sciences
    • Law
    • Science Engineering and Technology
    • Graduate School of Business Leadership
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing styles
  • Understanding similarity checking software (e.g. Turnitin)
  • Research ethics
  • The scientific method
  • Conceptualising research
  • Components of the research proposal
  • Reviewing scholarship (Literature Review)
  • Philosophical foundations of research and the research methodology landscape
  • Theoretical and conceptual framework
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Mixed methods research
  • Indigenous research methods
  • African epistemologies
  • Summarising research data using graphical and statistical tools

Last modified: 2020/04/29