Tips and advice june 2010


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Tips and advice on supervising extended projects. Nicola Poppit and Carol Dell-Price.

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  • Students find it difficult to ascertain good information – this exercise gets them to rank info from different sources and to say why they think it is good bad or useful etc
  • Googlescholar - much better than basic googleGood examples of authoritative free sources –HEA - good subject links –will offer reading lists etcSubject guides – put together by staff who know something about the subject – organisations, associations, professional bodiesWebsites for visitors - again by subject and free
  • Explain about intute - helping to find best websites in subject areasDissc – examples of good essays - report writing - referencing
  • What L&IS do for the projectLicence limitationsPublic building – free access to collection for reference- explain ext.membership
  • Tips and advice june 2010

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    2. 2. Skills and Top Tips in Completing Projects<br />
    3. 3. Presentation Content <br />The Research Process<br />Choosing a Project<br />Writing Plans<br />Time Management <br />Literature Reviews<br />Developing Information skills<br />Useful information sources<br />Completing Projects<br />
    4. 4. The Research Process<br /><ul><li>Formulating and clarifying a topic
    5. 5. Reviewing the literature
    6. 6. Choosing a strategy
    7. 7. Collecting the data
    8. 8. Analysing data
    9. 9. Writing up</li></li></ul><li>Choosing a Project <br />Choice <br />Motivation <br />Regulations and expectations<br />Students subject or field of study <br />Previous research <br />Size of project <br />Time available <br />Cost of research <br />Resources available <br />Need for support <br />Access issues <br />
    10. 10. Can’t Think of a Project?<br />Ask friends, family, lecturers <br />Look at/develop previous work <br />Relate it to your interests <br />Start from a quote <br />Follow your hunches <br />Mind Mapping <br />Be Prepared to Change direction <br />
    11. 11. Writing Plan<br />Set deadlines <br />Write regularly <br />Write up a section as soon as it is ready <br />Stop where it is easy to resume writing <br />Leave space for revisions <br />Publicize your plans <br />
    12. 12. Time Management<br />Inadequate primary research <br />Insufficient literature search <br />Handing in a project without any advice on draft chapters <br />Incomplete sections <br />Inconsistency throughout <br />No constant links / themes<br />No proof reading <br />Poor presentation of final project <br />
    13. 13. Literature Reviews<br />Evidence of reading <br />Include only relevant items<br />Locate information sources <br />Decide what you need to know <br />Select the topic<br />Define the terminology <br />Define the parameters <br />Select sources<br />Locate appropriate materials <br />
    14. 14. Developing Information Skills<br />Critical Thinking Exercise -<br />Internet Detective – <br /><br />
    15. 15. Useful Information Sources<br />Subject Guides <br />HEA subject Centres<br /><br />L&IS subject guides<br /><br />Websites for visitors<br /><br />
    16. 16. Useful Information Sources<br />Intute -<br />DISSC -<br />Google Scholar <br />
    17. 17. Extended Project<br />Excellent Opportunity to experience HE library<br /> Limited to Print collection<br /> External membership available<br />
    18. 18. Completing Projects <br />Clear aims & objectives<br />Literature review <br />Sound methodology<br />reliability and validity, ethics <br />Accuracy in interpretation of results<br />Qualified assertions (NOT sweeping statements)<br />Important to cite and reference <br />Presentation<br />Logical approach<br />discussion and links throughout the work <br />
    19. 19. A COHERENT PROJECT <br />