Below are short descriptions of the Research Skills Training Resources available for Research Students on the Graduate Studies Blackboard 1GST1 site and for Academic Staff on the CELT Blackboard site NUI Galway Teaching & Learning Forum

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An Introduction to Research Skills

This course is designed to introduce you to the Research Skills Master Programme. The programme provides PhD students and early career academics with a broad range of essential skills and knowledge designed to improve their effectiveness as researchers. It will also allow researchers to hone the vital transferable skills needed for pursuing a career outside of academia.

Getting Published in the Arts

This course gives guidance and support to arts and humanities students who are keen to put their research into the public realm. Interactive scenarios focus on the publication of academic books and papers. Video clips include advice from a group of real journal editors on how to get published. Topics covered include:

  • types of publications
  • the peer review process
  • choosing a subject
  • structure and clarity
  • referencing
  • submitting a paper
  • referee reports
  • the book proposal.

Getting Published in the Sciences 

This course aims to provide a guide to publication in the sciences. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • How do I know if I have publishable data?
  • Journal selection
  • Copyright and patent issues
  • Format of a science paper
  • Stages of writing a paper
  • Software packages
  • Responding to referees comments
  • What makes a good paper?

Becoming an Ethical Researcher

This course explores the ethical challenges faced by researchers during their Master's degree and/or Ph.D. It will help you reflect on your ethical approach in a research context through contemporary case studies and multidisciplinary scenarios. It includes:
Ethical decision-making
This module is designed to introduce you to well-known ethical decision-making approaches that will help you reflect on your own assumptions and behaviour.
Underpinning values for ethical research
This module is designed to introduce you to the values-based approach in research ethics.
Ethical concerns associated with different forms of research
This module will highlight that different professions may have different ethics codes and face different ethical challenges in research.
Ethical concerns associated with different research methods and activities
This module is designed to show that different research methods may raise different ethical concerns that require different types of responses.

Research Ethics in Practice 

This course provides Master's and Ph.D. students with a practical guide to applying ethical values to research. It will help you reflect on how to work ethically in a variety of challenging circumstances.It includes:
Working with human participants
This module is designed to explain the following major ethical considerations when working with human participants: risk, consent, anonymity and confidentiality.
Understanding research ethics approval
This module is designed to explain the function and purpose of research ethics committees, when approval is needed and how it can be sought.
Working ethically in challenging circumstances
This module will highlight the importance of being an ethical researcher throughout an entire project and show how the application of the four values can help when unexpected challenges arise.
Working ethically in a global environment
This module is designed to promote ethical awareness and sensitivity when working in environments where customs, traditions, regulatory and legal frameworks may be unfamiliar.

Principles of Research Methods

This course explores the principles and practices of research methodologies for a range of disciplines. It will help you reflect on the challenges you might face during your Master's degree and/or Ph.D. through contemporary case studies and multidisciplinary scenarios. It includes:
Understanding and framing research
This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts of epistemology, ontology and theoretical perspective.
Developing a research question
This module is designed to introduce you to the role of research questions in the research process.
Knowing about methodology
This module is designed to introduce you to the concept of methodology.
Knowing about data collection methods
This module is designed to introduce you to the most important methods for data collection.
Knowing about sampling methods
This module is designed to introduce you to the most important sampling methods.
Knowing about data analysis methods
This module is designed to introduce you to qualitative, quantitative and mixed data analysis methods.
Networking, collaborating and connecting disciplines
This module will look at the different types of connections that can be made between and across disciplines.
Protecting, managing and sharing research data
This module will look at how to protect, manage and share research data.
Communicating, disseminating and publishing research
This module will introduce you to the most effective methods of communicating your research.
Drawing the strands together: Producing a research proposal
This module will help you understand how to produce successful research proposals.

Research Methods in the Arts and Humanities

This course aims to provide a guide to research methods in Arts. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • what is research methodology in the arts and humanities
  • approaching archives, artifacts, and other evidence
  • thinking critically, thinking theoretically, understanding disciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, & is the research method working.

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

This course aims to provide a guide to research methods in Social Sciences. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • framing a research question
  • research design
  • data collection
  • what is next

Research Methods in the Sciences

This course aims to provide a guide to research methods in Sciences. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • what is science
  • identifying and formulating research questions
  • evaluating research questions
  • designing and planning your research
  • reflection and communication
  • research resources.

Undertaking a Literature Review

This course aims to introduce you to the processes involved in putting together a literature review, so that you are able to undertake your own comprehensive review according to the requirements of your academic project. It includes:
Literature review: An introduction
This module is designed to introduce you to different types of literature review and explain why reviewing the literature is a fundamental part of every research project.
Identifying literature for your review
This module will provide guidance on the most important approaches to searching for literature.
Evaluation of the literature
This module will explain how to evaluate the quality of the literature in your review.
Analysing the literature and writing up your review
This module will describe how to bring together all your literature and write up your review.

Managing Your Research Project 

This course assists researchers to take ownership of a research project. It introduces traditional project management methodologies and illustrates how these tools and techniques apply in the research context. Interactive simulations enable learners to practice with real project management tools. Topics covered include:

  • The project lifecycle and triangle
  • The project owner, manager and stakeholders
  • The project concept and plan
  • Time, resource and scope constraints
  • Success criteria
  • Gantt chart
  • Project management tools
  • Comparing commercial and academic research.

Career Planning in the Sciences 

This course is an introduction for all those in the Sciences. It will help researchers become more aware of the key factors in their decision making, how they might be attractive to different types of employers, and some alternative career options. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • Why did you do research?
  • What do you want from a job?
  • What is your style?
  • What do employers want from you?
  • Identifying skills
  • How to expand your skills portfolio
  • CV hints.

Career Planning in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 

This course provides an introduction to career planning for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The course covers topics such as:

  • Why did you choose your own research?
  • Career hopes and fears
  • Analyse your skills
  • Marketing yourself
  • Effective application form writing
  • Interview skills.

Intellectual Property in the Research Context 

This course enables students to work out what type of intellectual property they need to protect their work and how to take the necessary steps to secure such protection. The syllabus includes topics such as:

  • The Importance of IP in academia
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design Rights
  • Copyright; Ownership
  • Publish or Patent.

Working with your Supervisor 

This course offers practical tips on how to manage your Supervisor. Topics include mutual expectations, preparing for meetings, reading body language, managing meetings and what to do when things go wrong.

Conference, Presenting & Networking 

This course provides advice on how to successfully select, present and network at academic conferences. It includes topics such as:

  • Why it is important to attend conferences?
  • Selecting a conference
  • Essentials of good presentation
  • Presentation survival guide
  • Introduction to networking.

Research Integrity

The Research Integrity (RI) programme is designed to provide postgraduate students new faculty and research staff with a basic understanding of responsible research practices in their area of study.

Researchers are expected to set high standards for integrity in all aspects of their work.  Some, unfortunately, do not. Small numbers engage in major misconduct; larger l numbers from time to time fail to follow best practices.

The first step towards responsible practice is knowing what is expected. Research is a complex activity directed by many rules, guidelines and so-called ’commonly accepted practices’. Researchers are not routinely introduced to best practices, making it difficult to know what is expected. This is particularly true for researchers in training, new faculty and research staff.

The RI programme provides a common framework and content for learning and thinking about responsible professional behaviour in research. If adopted widely at your institution, it will help ensure that your researchers:

  • Know the basics
  • Know where to get more information
  • Know your institution’s expectations for integrity and responsibility in research.

Biomedical Sciences

The material in this course is relevant to researchers in the many branches of the Health Sciences such as:

  • Dentistry, Kinesiology and Sport Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Joint medical/health programmes, such as Biomedical Engineering and Associate Health Degree Programmes.

Natural and Physical Sciences

The material in this course is relevant to researchers in the Natural and Physical Sciences, including such fields as listed below:

Agriculture and Agronomy fields such as Animal Science, Crop & Soil Sciences, Forestry & Horticulture, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Ecology, Entomlogy, Evolutionary Biology, Fisheries & Wildlife, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Genetics, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physics, Physiology, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology and Zoology.

Engineering and Technology

The material in this course is relevant to researchers in Engineering and Technology, including such fields as listed below:

All Engineering Disciplines, All Engineering Technology Disciplines, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Information Technology and Information Systems.

This course could also be taken by researchers in the applied or more mathematical physical sciences, such as chemistry, physics or geology.

Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Material in this course is relevant to researchers in the Social and Behavioural Sciences, including such fields as listed below:

Anthropology, Economics, Education, Management/Business, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs, Social Work and Sociology

Arts & Humanities

The Material in this course is relevant to researchers in the Arts and Humanities, including such fields as listed below:

Archaeology, Area and regional studies, Classics, Cultural and media studies, English language and literature, Fine arts and design, History, Law, Modern languages and literature, Music and musicology, New media and animation, Performance arts, Philosophy and history of ideas, Theatre and film studies, Theology and religious studies

Academic Entrepreneurship: An Introduction

What does being an entrepreneur in the academic context involve? Are you suited to commercial entrepreneurial activity? These are the basic questions that this course attempts to answer.

It is important to emphasise that entrepreneurial journeys are highly idosyncratic: each venture is different, and each entrepreneur is different.

Throughout the course, most of the examples given will focus on science- and technology-related opportunities. However, the principles discussed in the course should also be relevant to non-technology ventures.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Recognition and Evaluation

What are entrepreneurial opportunities? What options do you have if you've developed an innovation with commercial potential?

Regardless of whether you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, or pursuing commercial activity, this course will help you think carefully about the nature of opportunities and the early stages of technology venturing.

Entrepreneurial Resources: People, Teams and Finance

This course is designed to help you think in a systematic, yet creative, manner about raising the resources you need to start a new venture.

Other Materials: 

Poster Design
Writing a Scientific Style Thesis
PhD Viva Guide - A Springboard for your PhD Viva Preparation

Available only on 1GST1 Blackboard site
By Hugh Kearns:

  • Staying Well
  • Presenting your Research with Confidence
  • 7 secrets of a highly successful research student

By Rowena Murray:

  • Research Supervision - Strathclyde University's perspective
  • Writing for Publication
  • Thesis Writing
  • The Viva