School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

All Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students enrolled within the School of ITEE must complete a Writing Skills Learning Package.

The training package consists of three components:

  1. Short courses offered by the University of Queensland Library
  2. Short courses offered by the University’s Student Support Services
  3. Courses offered by the Faculty of Arts
Who the training package is for:

The School of ITEE requires that all of its Higher Degree by Research candidates complete the Writing Skills Learning Package. HDR students can only be exempt from participating in this training if they have permission from their Principal Advisor or from the School Confirmation Committee.

It is expected that candidates who fall into the following categories would undertake all or part of the training package:

  • New to the School and the candidate’s advisor recommends the candidate to complete the training
  • New to the School and has not achieved Honours Class I or equivalent in previous studies
  • Has been instructed by the School Confirmation Committee to complete the package or part there of as a condition of confirmation of candidate

The Confirmation Committee may require a student to complete all or part of the training package as a condition of continued candidature, even if part of the package has been undertaken.

What to do next:

New candidates should discuss with their Advisor which parts of the training package they need to complete. A record of this should be made in writing and forwarded to the HDR Administrator.

Registering for UQ Library training sessions:
Students need to send an email to Jeanette O’Shea to enrol in the courses, detailing the module they wish to attend.

Registering for Student Support Services training sessions:
Students need to send an email to the ITEE Postgraduate Administrative Officer – rhdstudentenquiries@itee.uq.edu.au to enrol in the course, detailing which workshop they wish to attend.

Registering for Faculty of Arts courses:
To undertake any of the courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, students should contact the relevant Course Coordinator. If students are required to formally enrol in the course this must be done by the University enrolment deadline.

UQ Library Short Courses
Information Skills for ITEE HDR Students

This is a six hour information skills course which has been designed for students enrolled as a HDR student in the School of ITEE. The course is taught by library staff and consists of three modules:

  1. Introduction to information searching
  2. Citation indexes and specialised information sources
  3. Using Endnote software to manage your references

Module 1: Introduction to information searching

This module is designed to provide ITEE postgraduates with an overview of library services and library resources in information technology and electrical engineering. The session will cover services available to postgraduate students, formulation of search strategies and locating relevant resources using the library catalogue and subject databases. At the completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Locate information about library services for postgraduate students
  • Find materials relevant to their subject discipline in the library catalogue
  • Find databases on the library website
  • Search a range of databases and assess their relevance
  • Recognise and apply search techniques common to all databases
  • Choose the most efficient information seeking strategies for their research
  • Introduce EndNote – import, download and manually enter references

Module 2: Citation and specialised information sources

Citation indexes provide an alternative way of researching a topic as they track articles in journals that cite other articles. This module will cover citation databases available via the Web of Science Platform and Citeseer. Additional specialised information resources such as theses, patents and standards will also be covered. At the completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and access relevant sections of the Web of Science database
  • Search the Web of Science to track academic research in their subject discipline
  • Search Citeseer to track relevant academic research
  • Find full text standards and patents
  • Search theses databases

Module 3: Using EndNote software to manage references

EndNote is software that allows researchers to record, organise, annotate and cite references. This module covers the basic skills required to start using EndNote. At the completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Set up a database of references and add references to it
  • Download references from library catalogues or other electronic databases
  • Search and sort references within EndNote
  • Add references to research papers or theses
  • Generate bibliographies in specific styles, especially for publication
Student Support Services Courses

Student Support Services offers a series of tailor-made workshops:

  1. Academic expectations: managing your thesis and working with your supervisor / advisor
  2. Writing a research proposal or transfer document
  3. Writing a literature review for PhD and MPhil students
  4. Writing a thesis for PhD and Research MPhil students (conceptualising, structuring etc)

1. Academic expectations - Managing your thesis and working with your supervisor / advisor:
Duration: 1.5 hours
This workshop focuses on the skills needed for successful completion of a PhD or Masters. It aims to improve participants' understanding of expectations, identifying priorities, setting goals and achieving milestones, identifying and securing resources, working effectively with supervisors / advisors and seeking, receiving and making the best of feedback.

2. Writing a research proposal or transfer document:
Duration: 1.5 hours
This workshop helps students understand the purpose of these documents so conceptualising, structuring and writing them becomes easier.

3. Writing a literature review for PhD and MPhil students:
Duration: 1.5 hours
This workshop considers what is involved in the structuring and writing of a literature review to ensure it is an integral part of a student’s thesis.  This workshop is suitable for students at any stage of their study.

4. Writing a thesis for PhD & MPhil students:
Duration: 2 hours
This workshop aims to help students conceptualise a thesis, understand the processes which underline successful research, focus students' research and communicate the results to the best effect. This workshop is suitable for students at any stage of their study.

Student Support Services also offer workshops and courses on writing skills and related English language skills including:

  • Academic writing course
  • Workshops on common grammar traps and punctuation
Faculty of Arts Courses

WRIT1001 / WRIT6001: Academic English Writing for Asian Language Speakers

WRIT1002: Critical Thinking and Academic Writing

These courses aim to equip students with the strategies and skills required in academic writing, reading and research. Where enrolment is approved, the student’s ResAssist account will generally be the funding source.