Supervising Research Students and Examining Dissertations

Aim of the course

Almost all academics have to supervise research students - which may relate to the supervision of research work for Bachelors/Honours, masters, or doctoral studies. The Supervisor has a critical role to play in guiding a student to do a research project successfully. This may be in terms of guiding the content, process, and outcomes of the research. To perform a research supervision role effectively, the Supervisor requires a set of academic practice skills and pedagogic knowledge of what actually happens in a supervision session.  Possessing the necessary skills, knowledge and experience for research supervision can make the supervisor-student relationship worthwhile for both sides. However, there is often little training provided to support academics in the development and honing of their research supervision skills and capabilities. Many academics may simply apply the supervision practice they received while studying for their own qualification(s). Others may develop their supervision practices through trial and error methods. The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with effective research supervision skills and expose participants to theories underpinning successful research supervision.   The workshop will provide an environment in which participants can develop their research supervision skills through engagement with experienced academic facilitators and the exchange of ideas with their peers. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for academics who have research supervision experience to reflect on their current practices in a way that is informed by relevant theory and international best practice. Through the sharing of systematic knowledge and experiences on supervision practices between our facilitators and course participants, a stimulating learning environment is created for the development and enhancement of research supervision skills. The second part of the workshop will focus on practical ideas for examining the content of an academic research report.





Date: 8th March 2016

Date: 17th March 2016

Venue: ISSER - University of Ghana, Legon

Venue: KCCR, KNUST Campus

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm daily



Professor Carmel McNaught, Emeritus Professor of Learning Enhancement, Former Director of the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research at CUHK, Former Head of Professional Development in Learning Technology Services at RMIT University, Australia. Prof Carmel McNaught has extensive international experience in supervising Honours, Masters and Doctoral students and remarkable expertise in how to examine research projects and dissertations effectively



The registration fee is GHS 280

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Participants will be provided with course materials, a certificate, and food and refreshments

Deadline for registration and payment is 29 February 2016



Further information

Prof Sam Laryea, PhD PGCAP Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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