Course User Guide

Welcome to the course

Graduate Research Training is a professional development course that runs for four weeks and is delivered by the RMIT School of Graduate Research.

The course is intended for prospective and early career supervisors who are seeking to become acquainted with key policy, regulatory and practice related matters covering the supervision of higher degrees by research candidates at RMIT.

Each topic looks at a specific aspect of research training;  from the policies you’ll need to be aware of, establishing a good working relationship with your candidate, ensuring adequate progress until they’re ready to submit , and then, finally, being able to recognise when that actually is. We also explore writing strategies, publishing options, and research best practice issues.

One of the key features of the course are the videos of highly experienced supervisors discussing their supervisory strategies and approaches. We hope you agree that these provide valuable insights into the craft of supervision from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

To successfully complete the course you’ll need to contribute to the discussion board and use the wiki function to develop a supervision plan that’s relevant to your discipline.

A note regarding the Wiki: the wiki feature is being used in this course as it provides a shared workspace for participants. While you’ll each have your own wiki to work with you’ll also be able to view and comment on the work of others. The idea behind this is to make the course function a little like a workshop with the aim that participants will be able to share ideas and learn from each other.

We hope you find this course both stimulating and useful.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the research training policy and regulatory landscape.
  2. Develop a supervisory approach aimed at establishing a suitable research project and maintaining a good working relationship.
  3. Recognise the key stages of HDR candidature and use strategies aimed at maintaining momentum and achieving timely and successful completion.
  4. Use a writing-led approach to HDR supervision. 
  5. Implement a publication-led approach to HDR supervision.
  6. Prepare HDR candidates for examination through an understanding of the requirements for examination, the examination process, and examiner selection.

Time commitment

The total time commitment for this module is 26 hours. This should comprise 6 hours on-screen engagement over the 4 weeks and 20 hours of self-paced work.

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