Learning Centre Workshops

Learning Centre Workshops

Learning Centre conducts workshops on SPSS, essay writing, taking a stance in writing, literature review writing, lab report writing, avoiding plagiarism and academic misconduct, and APA citation and referencing. The aim of these workshops is to improve students’ statistical analysis, critical thinking skills, and academic writing skills.

The workshops are free and are open only to James Cook University Singapore students. No pre-registration required unless otherwise stated. For more information, click on the events listed or send an email to learningcentre-singapore@jcu.edu.au

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  • Students and lecturers can request for ad-hoc workshops related to specific academic skills with a learning advisor. Please discuss this opportunity with a learning advisor by sending an email to learningcentre-singapore@jcu.edu.au
  • Also, students can walk in to Learning Centre office if they want to discuss their assignments or other learning needs face-to-face. Learning Centre is in Block C, ground floor of the library.

Getting Started with SPSS

SPSS stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, but it is more than that. It is commonly used across disciplines, including Psychology. In this workshop, you will learn the different components of SPSS, enter new data, create new variables, and run basic descriptive statistics or a simple statistical test. Previous knowledge of statistics or data analysis is not required.

Avoiding Academic Misconduct

In this workshop, you will learn the basic definitions of academic integrity and academic misconduct. You will read and react to a case study to understand academic misconduct behaviours and their consequences. You will also discuss ways to avoid these academic misconduct behaviours. You will value academic integrity in your life as a student and in your future career.

Being Confident with APA 7th

All subjects at JCU use APA style for essays, reports, and other written assignments. Two key components of the APA style are in-text citations and references. In this workshop, you will learn and practise how to write in-text citations and references following the 7th edition of the APA manual.

Writing Essays Effectively

You are faced with the common dilemma of putting your ideas into writing. You have many ideas in mind, and you find it difficult to organise these ideas. This workshop will provide you with opportunities to think about your topic, brainstorm about a thesis or controlling argument relevant to your topic and organise your ideas effectively as you aim to write a cohesive and coherent essay.

Taking a Stance in Academic Writing

Stance refers to three overlapping aspects: a writer’s view towards an idea or issue; how logical and accessible this view is to a reader; and how this view acknowledges the views of others. This workshop will introduce you to some tools for recognising how writers take a stance and some practical language to help you take a legitimate and authoritative position in your own writing.

Writing a Literature Review Effectively

A literature review is a critical analysis of a particular topic based on empirical data and insights from published studies in the academic literature. However, it can be a challenge for you how to start, let alone write it. Join this workshop to listen, learn and share some good practices in writing a literature review.

Writing Lab Reports Effectively

Writing a report is not the same as writing an essay. A lab report has its own requirements. This workshop will guide you in organising your ideas and data for writing lab reports effectively. Join this workshop and learn how to write your lab reports with impact.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Don’t fall into the plagiarism trap. Come and learn how to paraphrase, summarise, and quote with proper attribution to avoid plagiarism.