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FASS619d Advanced Thesis Writing (Second Year Students): Refocusing the Thesis (distance)
The FASS619d site provides a virtual version of Professor Lynne Pearce's one-day intensive course, 'Refocusing the Thesis' (FASS619). This course has been designed specifically for PhD students who are mid-way through their studies: typically, Year 2 (FT) or Year 3-4 (PT); it also presupposes that you have already taken the First Year thesis writing course, 'Thesis Writing (First Year Students)' [formerly 'Thesis Writing for Beginners'](FASS516), which is also available in a distance learning version (FASS516d). If you haven't yet taken this course, we strongly recommend that you take a look at it before embarking upon this one. Not only does this course refer back to exercises and case-studies featured on the Year 1 course, but there is also a good deal of material stored on the site that you may find useful.
As with FASS516d, this module has been set up as an online resource that you can sign up for - and dip into - at any time. This means that you won't belong to a single cohort of students or be expected to participate in group exercises, although we very much hope that you make use of the 'Cafe Discussions' site to engage in conversations with one another. Professor Pearce will be on hand from the Lent Term (2013) to answer any queries and offer advice (L.Pearce@lancaster.ac.uk). If you experience any technical problems with the site, please contact Dr Lee Horsley (L.Horsley@lancaster.ac.uk).
The online version of the course aims to reproduce the experience of the campus workshop as closely as possible and, like the original, takes the form of 4 sessions:
·Case-study: 'Yoke-Sum's Story'.
·Trouble-shooting exercise (identify the main problems / challenges facing you at the midway point in your PhD).
·'Writer's Block': what is it and how to deal with it.
·Refocusing the Thesis.
Each of these sessions will include an exercise you can participate in if you wish, the answers to which are posted separately in 'Course Materials'.
Please note that this module/online resource will be made available via a Moodle site in January 2013, at the beginning of Lent Term.
Timing and Location
For 2nd year full-time students, and part-time students at the equivalent stage ONLY.
Minimum quota: 6
Maximum quota: 25
Charge to non-FASS departments: £106
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