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Research Commons Workshops for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

January 13, 2016
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The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops:

Register here for upcoming workshops.

Grad Cafe

The Grad Cafe is designed to give SFU graduate students for whom English is an additional language an opportunity outside of class to develop their oral proficiency in English in a small group setting. The sessions will be facilitated by EAL Services Coordinator Tim Mossman. Interested faculty, including visiting professors, are also welcome.

2016 CARMA (The Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis) Webcast Presentations

The CARMA Consortium Webcast Program is an annual program established to provide university faculty, graduate students, and other researchers with advanced training in research methods and data analysis.

Dr. Ernest O'Boyle, University of Iowa: “What Moderates Moderators? A Meta-Analysis of Interactions in Management and Applied Psychology Research”

Time Management for Graduate Students

Going beyond the basics of scheduling, this workshop will address time management challenges inherent in the grad student experience: balancing multiple roles and competing priorities, managing a large project or thesis, and combating tendencies towards procrastination or perfectionism. You will gain strategies, tools and resources to help you manage it all.

Introduction to ArcGIS

Designed for students new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this workshop will introduce basic GIS concepts using the ArcGIS software environment.

Topics will include:

  • finding geospatial data and resources,
  • ArcGIS software basics, and
  • creating simple maps.

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

Advanced GIS I: Tips and Tricks for Handling Spatial and Tabular Data

This workshop will deepen your knowledge of attribute tables. You will learn to add new data in an existing table, import data from an Excel worksheet, join two tables together, convert a list of XY coordinates to a shapefile, and create simple SQL-queries.

Covered in this workshop:

  • Editing an attribute table
  • Importing Excel tables and XY coordinates into ArcMap
  • Formulating queries
  • Table join
  • Generating statistics from an attribute table and summarizing a field
  • Use of the field calculator

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Windows

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Capacity: 16 participants
If you are unable to register due to capacity limitation, please email research-commons@sfu.ca to be put on the waitlist.

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Mac

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:

  1. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
  2. Please bring your own Mac laptop preloaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Capacity: 16 participants

If you are unable to register due to capacity limitation, please email research-commons@sfu.ca to be put on the waitlist.

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Windows

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Capacity: 16 participants

If you are unable to register due to capacity limitation, please email hdefores@sfu.ca to be put on the waitlist.

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Place (drop-in)

he Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions.

Registration not required - please drop in!

Spring Semester 2016 (January 5-April 11):

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no session on February 8 or March 28, 2016)

Vancouver Campus
Thursdays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Fridays, 10:30am to 2:00pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
(no session on February 11, 12 or March 25, 2016)

Write Conversations: Expectations of Graduate Writing

Many students feel like writing is the banana peel of graduate school: just waiting to trip them up! Let's demystify academic writing together by discovering things like content development, genre knowledge, and multiple drafting.

Write Conversations: Outlining and Reverse Outlining

Done with your reading and ready to write? Learn strategies for planning your first draft and for tightening the organization and flow of your final draft.

Write Conversations: The Writing Process

Is your writing style fast and furious, or slow and steady? Let's discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to writing, and strategize how to become more productive.

Write Right: Expectations and the Writing Process for Graduate Students

Writing in graduate school can be a challenging and confusing prospect. This one day workshop has been developed for graduate students to learn more about the expectations of graduate writing at SFU as well as the writing process.

The workshop will include discussions on:

  • making time for writing,
  • the writing process,
  • strategies for writing, and
  • the revision process.

Participants will also learn how to write ‘cohesively’ and ‘critically’.

Other topics include:

  • transitions,
  • outlining,
  • synthesizing,
  • audience,
  • complex sentences, and
  • various grammatical aspects.

Participants will be expected to bring an example of a future writing assignment and a completed paper, in order to workshop the various topics within their own writing. If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then this workshop is for you!!

Thesis Template and Resources

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU, followed by a review of the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the resources on the website and the functionality of the thesis template. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions
  • write in the MS Word template-based file
  • format your text using styles
  • bring text in from other documents
  • insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
  • generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.

If you’ve begun writing, send your document to theses@sfu.ca in advance of the workshop; one might be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.

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