Learning Lab modules

The Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of online modules and resources on contributing to knowledge through the Learning Lab.

Research writing groups

Writing groups can turn a solitary experience into a social experience and help you develop and share your writing.

You can organise your own writing group using the resources provided by the Study and Learning Centre.

If you are located in Melbourne, there are two weekly Shut Up and Write Sessions on RMIT City Campus you can join. Some schools have also established writing groups and you can check with your school’s HDR administrator whether your school has one.

Library resources for researchers

The Library provides online information on referencing guides to showcase the several ways to reference and EndNote to help you cite your sources correctly in the referencing style chosen by your school.

In addition, the Library provides a wide range of resources and services for researchers (such as referencing, copyright and library catalogues) help you with your research projects on various stages of your research:

  • beginning your research
  • managing your research
  • publishing your research
  • managing and measuring your research impact.

IT resources

IT provides a variety of services to our HDR candidates. Services available to all students include assistance with passwords, wireless connections, myDesktop, email and Google Apps, computer access, software, studying off-campus and general IT support. As a research candidate you are also entitled to the following services available to research staff:

  • storing and sharing data
  • data collection, analysis and publishing
  • communication and collaboration
  • workstations and servers
  • high performance computing.

Study and Learning Centre modules

The Study and Learning Centre offers online modules and resources on persuasive communication through the Learning Lab on the following topics:

  • developing confidence (videos and resources)
  • organisational structures (e.g. what is a thesis and reading other thesis as models)
  • general writing (e.g. starter phrases, plagiarism and using tables and figures).

There are also links for additional resources for help with general writing skills such as paragraphs, paraphrasing, academic style, linking words, SLC Research Writing Groups, general writing resources, scientific writing and writing in social sciences and humanities.

Research writing groups

Writing groups can turn a solitary experience into a social experience and help you develop and share your writing.

You can organise your own writing group using the resources provided by the Study and Learning Centre.

If you are located in Melbourne, there are two weekly Shut Up and Write Sessions on RMIT City Campus you can join. Some schools have also established writing groups and you can check with your school’s HDR administrator whether your school has one.

A simple guide to excellent research presentations

This presentation and panel discussion outlines the important things that any researcher should and should not do when giving a presentation.

Information about the three milestones

The candidature milestone reviews include Confirmation of Candidature, Mid-Candidature Review and Completion Seminar, which provide a timeframe and structure to help you complete your degree.

  • Confirmation of Candidature marks a significant milestone in your research program. It’s a way for you and your supervisory team to assess your progress and to fine-tune your research support.
  • The Mid-Candidature Review is the second milestone in your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program. This milestone review is an opportunity for you to take stock of your progress and to receive valuable feedback from your research community.
  • The Completion Seminar is the third and final milestone in your Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program before you submit your thesis or project for examination. A successful completion of this milestone indicates you are on track for a timely completion.

A simple guide to excellent research presentations

This presentation and panel discussion outlines the important things that any researcher should and should not do when giving a presentation.

Online surveys

Qualtrics is an advanced web-based application for building, distributing and analysing online surveys. Qualtrics is free to use for all RMIT students and staff. It is easy to use and makes developing sophisticated web surveys simple.

Data collected using Qualtrics is secure and the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee recommends Qualtrics for collecting privacy-sensitive surveys.

Statistical consulting service

The School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences offers a statistical consulting service to all Higher Degree by research students. This consultancy service is supported by the School of Graduate Research.

Research integrity and ethics modules

The compulsory research integrity modules include Research Integrity, Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP), which ensure that your research is ethical and responsible and introduce you to the relevant RMIT policies and procedures. These modules must be completed prior to Confirmation of Candidature.

Responsible research: Copyright, privacy and Research Repository

This workshop explores the key copyright concepts, privacy and publishing issues when undertaking research. It will also outline the benefits of using RMIT Research Repository.