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
  • How to use library databases
  • Advanced Presentation Skills
  • Writing a Manuscript for a Scientific Journal
  • Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing
  • Designing Online Questionnaires
  • EndNote
  • Proposal Writing
  • Referencing and citation in academic writing: APA style
  • Basics of Academic Writing
  • How to Avoid Plagiarism
  • Data Analysis using SPSS an Advanced Level
  • SPSS Statistic
  • Thesis writing

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

 

How to use library databases

 

Overview


The aim of this workshop is to provide participants the skills needed to search through general and specialized online databases that the library subscribes to, the workshop will be discussing and/or demonstrating:

• The principles of online searching.

• Boolean operators and search techniques.

• Evaluate search results.

• Creating folders and setting up alerts. 

• Exporting citations to reference management software.  

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

By the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Develop search terms that retrieve relevant search results.

  • Find articles and other resources on a topic by using SQU Single Search or by searching a selected database.

  • Apply advanced search techniques and be able to evaluate search results.

  • Identify the elements required to create a citation.

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*
 

Title

 

Advanced Presentation Skills

 

Overview


This workshop focuses on developing basic presentation skills for postgraduate students. The workshop aims to highlight the importance of presentation skills throughout the different levels of the postgraduate studies. A well-conducted presentation leaves a long lasting impact on the audience. Therefore, the participants will be introduced to two main aspects of a presentation: the personal aspects of the presenter, and the technicalities of the content. The workshop also involves an interactive part where participants will present a 5-minutes long presentations and conduct group discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of the presentations.

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

This session aims to provide participants with basic skills required to:

  • Plan and prepare for an effective presentation.

  •  Avoid anxiety during presentation.

  • Know the audience and prepare accordingly.

  • Make use of storytelling and metaphors.

  • Manage presentation time effectively

  • Communicate with the audience.

  • Prepare an impressive ending.

  • Discuss main presentation pitfalls.

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
63.750 OMR*
 

Title

 

Writing a Manuscript for a Scientific Journal: Practical Aspects and Critical Thinking

 

Overview


This workshop aims to make participants acquire the principles of writing a sound scientific research manuscript to be published in a good scientific journal. The workshop will involve theoretical aspects (lectures) that clearly illustrate what must be done and what should not be done when writing a scientific manuscript. All aspects of paper writing as well as what the editors and reviewers are expecting from the writers will be covered. Most of the workshop time will be allocated for practical aspects of writing a manuscript. Each participant is expected to bring his own data and will be helped to draft a suitable manuscript.

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

  • To understand how to write a sound scientific manuscript.

  • To know what must be done and what should be avoided when writing a manuscript.

  • To demonstrate with own data how to prepare a draft manuscript for submission.

 

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
150 OMR*
 

Title

 

Critical Thinking and Analytical Writing

 

Overview


This is a comprehensive program consisting of 2 workshops that will cover “Analyze an Issue" and "Analyze an Argument" analytical writing tasks relevant to academic environment and postgraduate research. It will give you the tools to improve your critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate and evaluate complex arguments and discussions.

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

Develop the conceptual understanding of critical thinking and analytical writing patterns and paradigms Identify skills and qualities necessary for effective analytical writing with an emphasis on the analysis of an issue and an argument Consolidate conceptual and practical knowledge of (a) how to respond to the issue while constructing an argument with reasons and examples to support your views; (b) how to evaluate the logical soundness of an argument. Practice evaluating the issue and developing a reasoned argument with examples to support personal views.

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

 

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


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*


Title


Data Analysis using SPSS an Advanced Level


Overview


Statistical tools plays a key role in writing research papers in various academic disciplines. This workshop intends to familiarize participants with frequently used statistical tools such as T-Tests, ANOVA, Correlation and Regression with the help of some case studies. SPSS will be used to analyze data.

 

Outcome of the student after completion of the workshop

 

Participants will be able to decide an appropriate statistical tools for various academic purposes.

Workshop Fees For Non-SQU Student
 
120.000 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.

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