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The Writing Cafe

What is the Writing Café?

 

The aim of the Writing Café is to help PhD students write scientific texts, especially journal articles and the PhD thesis. Its courses are open for PhD students affiliated with the Department of Clinical Research (Klinisk Institut) and the Department of Regional Health Research (IRS).

In 2017 the Writing Café will provide three different courses:

  • Writing Café: How to write a scientific article (identical to the course provided by the PhD School)
  • Writing Café: How to perform a systematic review (a larger variant of the course provided by the PhD School)
  • Writing Café: How to structure a PhD thesis (unique to the Writing Café) 

For further information and registration please contact Lene Ververs lververs@health.sdu.dk

 

Writing Café: How to write a scientific article

In this four-day course, each day will focus on a separate section of a data-driven scientific article. The goals are to help students to structure and write scientific articles and to provide an opportunity for peer contact and sparring.

The focus is on the structure and content of the student’s own manuscript. The mornings will be interactive lectures and group work. In the afternoons, students can continue to work on their own article (‘writing’) and can get advice on structure and content (‘coaching’) or grammar and writing style (‘language’). 

We also have some places for PhD students to attend a single afternoon to get help with a particular aspect of their scientific article – if you have previously attended one of our article structuring or writing courses. When you have registered and been accepted to the course, please send your text to claire.gudex@rsyd.dk at least 3 working days before the course, indicating which day you would like to attend, which aspect of the manuscript you want help with, and your contact details (including which department you work in).

Lecturers:  Claire Gudex, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Jude Pedersen

Time: Four days, 9am to 3pm

Dates: 17th-18th January + 24th-25th January 2017

 

Writing Café: How to perform a systematic review

The purpose of this three-day course is to help you publish a systematic, critical literature review. The pre-requirement is that you have selected your topic and found most of your articles to be included in the review. The course consists of instruction, coaching, individual work, and group work with peer-review.

On day one, which is identical to the one-day course provided by the PhD School, we will discuss the various types of reviews, and how these are designed.  The main aspects of a systematic review, namely the descriptive part, the quality aspect and the result sections will be explained and discussed with help from the literature and own examples. Thereafter, the basic checklists for these three aspects will be discussed and how to deal with interpretation of the results, in light of the quality assessment of the reviewed articles. If you have already taken the PhD-school course on systematic critical literature reading, you can start directly on day two after agreement with the course administrator.

On day two, different checklists that are available for various study designs will be consulted and your own review brought into focus. You will be divided into groups and you will formulate your own review objectives, select your type of checklists, and determine if you are to design your own checklist or use one that already exists. In the latter case, you may have to modify it. The choice of items on your checklist must be defined and explained. On day two you will do a pilot study of your checklists to see if they work.

On day three, one month later, you will return to the course and can discuss any questions or problems with your group and the course leader. The layout and format of the report will be settled.

Before or after this course, you may wish to take the course led by Carsten Juul on statistical aspects of performing a meta-analysis, provided by the PhD School.

Because of the intensive coaching requirements of this course, the number of places is limited.

We also have some places for PhD students to attend a single afternoon to get help with a particular aspect of their systematic review – if you have previously attended one of our courses on systematic reviews. In such a case, when you have been accepted for this course, please send your request and text to clyde@health.sdu.dk at least 3 working days before the course, indicating which day you would like to attend, which aspect of the review you want help with, and your contact details (including which department you work in).

Lecturer:  Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Time: Three days, 9am to 3pm

Dates: 27th-28th April + 23rd May 2017

  

Writing Café: How to structure a PhD thesis

This course is aimed at PhD students who are starting on or are in the process of writing their thesis. We will discuss the requirements for a thesis and describe the main models for structuring a thesis. In the afternoon, students will work on their own thesis and participate in peer review, where each student presents their thesis structure in small groups. The tutors will be available for individual advice on the structure and content of your own thesis.

We also have some places for PhD students to attend in the afternoon to get help with a particular aspect of their thesis. When you have been accepted for this course, please send your request and text to claire.gudex@rsyd.dk at least 3 working days before the course, indicating which aspect of the thesis you want help with, and your contact details (including which department you work in).

Lecturers:  Claire Gudex and Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde

Time: One day, 9am to 3pm

Dates: 15th May 2017
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