Moderated online modules

The following moderated online modules are available during semester times.

Enrolled HDR candidates will be notified when applications open through the weekly GR Bulletin.

If you have any questions please contact us at research.ed@rmit.edu.au

Writing for publications moderated online module

Publishing your research is essential to maximise the impact of your work, and an important part of your HDR candidature. But writing for publication is not always an easy task. Join us for our online ‘Writing for Publication’ course to learn about key aspects of preparing to publish your work and how to write that first draft.

This course provides an introduction to scholarly publishing focusing specifically on writing for peer reviewed academic journals. It features a project-based learning model in which participants draft an article for publication with the benefit of peer and instructor feedback and support.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Target the right journals through an understanding of how the academic publishing system works
  • Recognise how journal articles and abstracts are structured within a relevant disciplinary field
  • Apply a range of writing techniques and strategies
  • Write a draft journal article
  • Submit an article for consideration by a relevant journal in your field
  • Effectively respond to reviewer reports
  • Apply best practice in academic authorship and publishing
  • Create a publishing profile.

Upon completion you will also have the opportunity to apply for an additional Advanced Writing for Publication Module.

Time commitment:

The total time commitment for this module is 10 hours on-screen engagement over the 5 weeks and self-paced work at your own discretion.

Course Dates 2021:

  • April
  • July
  • October

Eligibility:

Participation in Writing for Publication course is supported by the RMIT School of Graduate Research (SGR). Applications are open to all RMIT HDR candidates who:

  • have successfully completed one or more of their candidature milestones;
  • have made substantial progress in (or have completed) evidence gathering for their project;
  • can identify clear goals for their participation in Writing for Publication course;
  • are able to commit to full participation in the course for the entire duration (5 weeks, approximately 10 hours onscreen engagement plus self-paced writing work each week) and to the ethos of dedicated writing required in this course;
  • and can provide details of an academic referee to support their application (e.g. a supervisor, HDR Coordinator or other academic referee from RMIT).

Selection process:

The workshop is limited to 25 participants and we generally receive more applications than there are places available. We cannot guarantee participation in the workshop for all eligible applicants.

Priority will be given to applicants for whom participation will yield the greatest contribution toward successful publication of their research.

About the moderator Dr Kate Cregan:

Dr Kate Cregan has spent nearly thirty years teaching and researching in the university sector. Since 2010 she has exclusively taught and mentored higher degree by research candidates in research skills. She has written and delivered both face to face and online education in research ethics and research integrity, writing for publication and thesis writing, in Australia and internationally. She has been the editor of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and a regular essayist for the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, as well as publishing articles in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in edited collections, and four books with prestigious international publishing houses.

For further information, please contact research.ed@rmit.edu.au, School of Graduate Research.

Advanced Writing for Publication Module

Candidates who have completed the Writing for Publication moderated online module outlined above will have the opportunity to apply for a place on the Advanced Writing for Publication course.

Running over 4 weeks, Advanced Writing for publication is an intensive, practical course aimed at assisting candidates in finishing a submission-ready publication manuscript. At the end of the course, candidates will have a draft manuscript to continue to polish and refine with their supervisors, ready to submit to peer-reviewed publications or for publication in books and other outlets.

The course is highly practical, with 1:1 consultations with the course facilitator Dr Kate Cregan, in addition to weekly online group calls and extensive peer-review and feedback amongst the participants.

Due to the intensive nature, the course is limited to a maximum of 8 participants and we anticipate that competition for places will be high.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are open to RMIT HDR candidates who have:  

  • completed Writing for Publication moderated online module
  • completed data collection for their proposed research publication and have made a start in drafting or planning their article.
  • have successfully completed one or more of their candidature milestones;
  • have made substantial progress in (or have completed) evidence gathering for their project;
  • can identify clear goals for their participation in the Advanced module;
  • are able to commit to full participation in the course for the entire duration and to the ethos of dedicated writing required in this course;
  • and can provide details of an academic referee to support their application (e.g. a supervisor, HDR Coordinator or other academic referee from RMIT).

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Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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