Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Basic Research Supervision Skills

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

DESCRIPTION This workshop is intended for doctoral students involved in supervising undergraduate research. Supervising research requires supporting students, providing guidance to ensure that students get the most out of their project, helping them manage project outcomes and deadlines, and ensuring that they have the necessary resources. This workshop will present general skills, applicable to all fields of study, including the development of student research proposals and corresponding outcomes, meeting ethical and safety standards, and communication strategies. This workshop will also provide a practical toolkit to improve the students’ learning experience throughout their research work via effective supervision as opposed to intensely prescriptive mentoring approaches. Participants will also be able to share their supervision practices with their peers, allowing for members to improve the effectiveness of the supervision they provide with the consequence that the supervised students can make the most of the learning opportunities presented by a research project.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should:

- have become aware of their responsibilities when undertaking a supervisory role (including the need to ascertain project feasibility and the availability of resources/funding, as well as the need to procure knowledge and training if required);
- know what procedures need to be followed for projects involving ethical and safety issues;
- have become aware of the necessary skills to plan and manage a project to completion;
- be able to devise a communication and meeting strategy suitable for the particular student;
- have acquired knowledge on how to motivate and guide students in their research;
- have become more aware of the importance of prioritising student learning over obtaining the best possible project outcomes;
- have become more aware of how to support students who struggle and/or fall behind during their project;
- have attained knowledge on how to make best use of the time available/allocated to each research student.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Timetable Details

Semester 1
Occ A - Date: 12 Nov 2019; Time: 13:00 - 16:00; Duration: 3 hours

Semester 2
Occ AE - Date: 28 Apr 2020; Time: 17:00 - 20:00; Duration: 3 hours


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%
Important - Due to the COVID19 Pandemic the information regarding the method of assessment indicated above may have been changed. Further details have been provided by your F/I/C/S.

LECTURER/S Glenn J. Cassar

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