Skills programs section of the Programs Department offers specializing programs and workshops for postgraduate students to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge in the academic writing using the latest academic methods which are positively reflected in the research and scientific papers they write.

Workshops and programs cover three categories: research methodology, academic writing skills and research referencing. Each category contains a number of workshops and programs that cover all the needs of postgraduate students from choosing research topic untill they defence their thesis. These programs and workshops are announcing at the beginning of each academic semester, and students can register electronically via website.

Workshops Outline

  • How to write research plan and abstract
  • Writing a Research Paper for a Scientific Journal
  • Designing Online Questionnaires
  • EndNote
  • Thesis Writing
  • Proposal Writing
  • Referencing and citation in academic writing: APA style
  • Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Basics of Academic Writing
  • How to Avoid Plagiarism

Title

 

How to choose your research topic, write your research plan and your abstract?

 

Overview


This workshop is intended to familiarize and explain the participants the process of writing a good research plan that would match up to postgraduate program requirements. Participants will learn the components of a basic research plan, namely an abstract and the actual research plan, and the most efficient order of writing them. Participants will be also introduced to the range of approaches and techniques needed to produce a successful research plan and an abstract. Special emphasis is placed on constructing the research plan and the abstract and editing them. The workshop features hands-on activities so participants can have first-hand experience of some of the ideas and strategies being used in academic writing. Students develop the knowledge, skills and disposition for writing an effective research plan, and academic and scientific abstract. 

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop


  • Learn the components of a basic research plan, their functions, and the most efficient order to write them.

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and disposition for writing an effective research plan, and academic and scientific abstra

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*
 

 

 

Title

 

Writing a Research Paper for a Scientific Journal

 

Overview


Scientific papers are for sharing your own original research work with other scientists or for reviewing the research conducted by others. As such, they are critical to the evolution of modern science, in which the work of one scientist builds upon that of others. To reach their goal, papers must aim to inform, not impress. They must be highly readable — that is, clear, accurate, and concise

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop


  • Introduce the problem
  • Outline the approach/methods
  • Give main results, including data
  • Give key conclusions

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*
 

 

 

Title

 

Designing Online Questionnaires


Overview

 

  • An online questionnaire is a group of questions exploring a specific phenomenon hosted on a webpage that respondents visit to fill it online.
  • The respondent does not need to use any special software or plugins.
  • Once the researcher writes the survey in an online survey writer, their questionnaire is given a URL (or, Web address)

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

  • Data Collection Efficiency and Quality
  • Questionnaire Flexibility
  • Minimize missing data
  • Variety of multimedia options
  • Gathering Data on Rare or Deviant Phenomena
  • Targeting a bigger number of participants
  • Cost-effective & green
  • Anonymity

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*

Title

 

EndNote


Overview

 

  • Stores and organises your references from various sources.
  • Searches online databases and retrieve additional references to your library. 
  • Automatically formats your references according to a predefined citation style
  • Inserts references into a MS Word document and automatically creates a bibliography

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop


  • Open your library file. under the file menu select import.
  • In the import option field, select the other filters option and select the import filter called pubmed nlm. if this filter is not in the list, choose other filters from the same window and then find the pubmed nlm filter from the list.
  • In the import data file field, select the choose file... button, and then select your downloaded *.txt file.
  • Click the import button and your references will be imported.


 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*

Title

 

Thesis Writing


Overview

 

This conceptual and practical workshop aims at introducing the audience to writing and structuring a thesis (dissertation). The participants will be introduced to such aspects of thesis writing as phases, types and modes of writing; types of thesis, expectations and requirements of thesis, academic writing, reviewing the literature and writing the literature review, writing about the research methodology and research design, presenting results and writing the discussion, introduction, acknowledgements, abstract and appendices. Past thesis will be examined and contexts of the participants’ own research will be considered.

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

Students will be able

  • to understand the requirements and expectations of thesis writing.
  • to understand types, phases and modes of writing and types of thesis.
  • to give feedback on thesis writing.

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*

Title

 

Proposal Writing


Overview

 

  • The proposal is, in effect, an intellectual scholastic (not legal) contract between you and your thesis committee.
  • It specifies what you will do, how you will do it, and how you will interpret the results

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop


  • A well-defined problem
  • An important problem (supporting evidence)
  • You have a promising idea (supporting evidence)
  • ​You are a world-class team (supporting evidence)
  • A clear description of what you hope to achieve
  • A clear plan on how to achieve it.
  • A good presentation of your proposal. 

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*

Title


Referencing and Citation in Academic Writing: APA style


Overview


Using the example of the APA style, this workshop aims to shed light and foster the understanding of how other’s ideas can be used in your paper and how you should credit them. It provides some practical advice on basic referencing and in-text citation style, dealing with missing information and multiple in-text citations among others. Important tips and further readings will be suggested.

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

Students will be able

  • to link the reader with the source of information;
  • to use and format reference lists and in-text citations within a document
  • cite sources within your discipline


Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*

Title


 Introduction to IBM SPSS Statistics


Overview


In this workshop, participants will be able to know the main features of the SPSS and how friendly it is in handling data. Participants will learn how to define the variables correctly in the software and how to check the quality the data entry. Moreover, they will learn how to perform the descriptive analysis and basic inferential analysis (testing hypothesis / Statistical Tests) in SPSS.

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop


  • Ability to define new variables correctly in the SPSS or importing data from M. Excel
  • Learning the basic skills in the software such as data checking, select cases, Recoding variables, etc.
  • Ability to perform descriptive Analysis i.e. calculations of Measures of Central tendency (Mean, Median, Mode, …), Dispersions (Variance, Standard Deviation, Range, ...), Charts/Graphs, Tabulations.
  • Ability to perform statistical tests i.e. t-test, ANOVA, Chi-Square, ..) and interpreting results.


Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
120.000 OMR*

Title


Basics of Academic Writing


Overview


Conceiving a basic outline for a research paper or a thesis is one of the most challenging requirements for both undergraduate and graduate students. Many, perhaps most, students have never received formal instruction about how to write up a good preliminary outline for a serious research project.  This seminar is meant to help students learn a systematic and time efficient way to approach the writing of an academic research project.

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

The workshop aims at teaching students the basics of successful research which is a concisely written and well documented. The workshop will also aid students in their understanding how to identify a problem or an issue which they will analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from.

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*


Title


How to Avoid Plagiarism


Overview


Academic honesty is one of the foundations of the academic mission of Sultan Qaboos University and academic dishonesty undermines the learning experience as it is a deceitful action and leads to mistrust not only among students, but also between students and faculty members.  SQU policy sets forth the standards of honesty when it comes to academic research. Plagiarism is to be avoided at any rate.  The problem here is that many students assume they know how to avoid plagiarism, but are not aware of how complicated an issue plagiarism is.  Plagiarism does not only mean quoting, paraphrasing, summarizing a published work of others without proper acknowledgment. 

This workshop aims at familiarizing students with the different types of plagiarism and the necessary skills one must learn to avoid this type of academic dishonesty.

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

Students should be aware of the different types of plagiarism and be able to avoid unintentional plagiarism.


Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*


* Fees are paid through a bank deposit and the payment receipt should be submitted  to Skills Development Section in the deanship   of postgraduate studies one week before the workshop starts.

Bank Muscat: 0304008086870034

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skill@squ.edu.om