Drafting a Chapter of your Thesis (Moderated Online Course)
Duration 4 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: This session is for postgraduate researchers in the early- to mid-stages of their PhD.

This course involves a number of activities around drafting a chapter of a thesis. Therefore those enrolling on the course should be at a stage in their research where they are writing or beginning to plan writing a thesis chapter.

Aims/ Objectives:

This course is designed to give students guidance, strategies and space to support them to effectively begin the drafting process.

By the end of this course students will have:

  • considered the features of good academic writing;
  • developed an outline plan, a working title and some initial prose for a chapter;
  • considered techniques for starting and finishing a chapter; and
  • identified a range of writing development opportunities available at the University.

This is an online moderated Moodle course. It includes resources, group forums and individual tasks for students to work through.

UK researchers: to book onto this course please see the available dates at the bottom of this page and click on the “Book” link. More information on how to join the course in Moodle will be sent to you shortly before the start of the course.

China and Malaysia researchers: to book on this course please make sure that dates are available at the bottom of this page and use this email address: ra-training@nottingham.ac.uk to request a place. Please make sure you add the start date of the course to the email.

You will receive an email with a link to the course in Moodle a few days before the course starts and you must use this link the first time you log in.

The course is open for four days (Monday-Thursday). Students are encouraged to log in each day at a time of their choosing and complete the content and tasks allocated each day. Please log in and introduce yourself to the group on day one if possible.

It should take between 2-4 hours to complete the course, although the completion time could vary considerably between students according to the time you choose to spend completing each of the drafting tasks and engaging with forum discussions.

There is an optional assessment at the end of the course if students would like to gain training points. The assessment must be submitted within 2 working days of the end of the course.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.   


Accessing the Course 

To access the course please follow the link below and log into Moodle using your normal username and password. You must use the link below when accessing this course for the first time as it allows you to self-enrol onto the course. Make sure that you log in to the course within two days of the course start date, after this date enrolment is disabled. 

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