Research knowledge and skills

This development area incorporates the foundations required for any doctoral candidate to effectively undertake research. This includes the ability to efficiently source and store your data, rise to the challenges posed by new software and digital tools, navigate contextual frameworks, and develop and critically evaluate knowledge and ideas.

This development area is made up of four categories:

  • Finding and managing information
  • Building digital capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Research methods and methodologies

Finding and managing information

Data discovery and management underpins the research you do. Understanding or updating your knowledge on the most efficient ways to find information, store and manage data and get support can save you a significant amount of time and stress as your research data grows.

Examples and resources

Courses, workshops and events: Literature review: Finding and managing information; Managing research data.

Actions and experiences: Speak to a Research Services Advisor; Create a data management plan; Explore Research hub.

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Building digital capabilities

Whether you’re exploring referencing tools, data management options, analysing results or growing the reach of your research over social media, there are a plethora of ways that broadening your digital skills can help you work more effectively.

Examples and resources

Courses, workshops and events: Data carpentry; LaTeX; R; Python; HTML; Thesis formatting for Word, SPSS Core Skills, NVivo Core Skills.

Actions and experiences: Join a Hacky Hour; Use a new digital tool; Attend ResBaz.

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Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking are essential to generating your original contribution to knowledge, but these skills have far wider applications. In any situation that requires you to solve complex problems, brainstorm, evaluate ideas or analyse information, your ability to imagine new ideas and critically assess existing ones are vital.

Examples and resources

Courses, workshops and events: Critical thinking; Mind mapping; Creativity

Actions and experiences: Participate in the Velocity $100K Challenge; Practice peer review; Explore the Maker Space at Unleash Space; Analyse your data and form a conclusion.

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Research methods and methodologies

Successful researchers explore and identify appropriate research approaches early on in order to lay the groundwork for successful research.

Examples and resources

Courses, workshops and events: Faculty/LSRI-based seminars and workshops

Actions and experiences: Attend a conference; Meet with an LLS Research Advisor

Finding courses, workshops and events

There are a number of places outside of Wahapū that you can browse to find development activities, for example: