Learning Centre Workshops

Learning Centre Workshops

Learning Centre Workshop Series

Learning Centre conducts nine weeks of workshops on Excel, SPSS, essay writing, literature review writing, laboratory report and business report writing, avoiding plagiarism and academic misconduct, and APA citation and referencing. These workshops aim to help students improve their skills in critical thinking, academic writing and statistical analysis. Please see schedule below.

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 email  learningcentre-singapore@jcu.edu.au

Venue: Collaborate in LearnJCU, unless otherwise stated

Time: Monday and Wednesday, 3-5pm, unless otherwise stated

WeekTopicDay Time & Venue
4 Avoiding plagiarism and academic misconduct Wed 04 Aug 3-5PM, Collaborate

Writing a literature review effectively

Mon 09 Aug – National Day

Wed 11 Aug


3-5PM, Collaborate

Study Week Writing effective essays Mon 16 Aug

Wed 18 Aug
3-5PM, Collaborate
3-5PM, Collaborate
6 Writing effective business reports

Writing effective lab reports
Mon 23 Aug

Wed 25 Aug
3-5PM, Collaborate
3-5PM, Collaborate
7 Being confident with APA 7th Mon 30 Aug

Wed 01 Sep
3-5PM, Collaborate
3-5PM, Collaborate
8 Avoiding plagiarism and academic misconduct Mon 06 Sep

Wed 08 Sep
3-5PM, Collaborate
3-5PM, Collaborate
9 Learning Online and Passing Online Exams Mon 13 Sep

Wed 15 Sep
3-5PM, Collaborate
3-5PM, Collaborate

Note. Students must log in to LearnJCU > Organisations > Learning Centre JCU Singapore > Subject Room > Join Session to join the workshops.

Getting Started with Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is one of the most commonly used programmes in the workplace. It makes organising information and calculations easy. In this workshop, you will learn about the basic layout of a worksheet, how to reference specific cells, use basic formulas, and auto-fill cells. Also, the helpful freeze pane and filtering features will be introduced. If there is a specific feature or topic you would like presented at the workshop, please contact learningcentre-singapore@jcu.edu.au.

Getting Started with SPSS

SPSS stands for “Statistical Package for the Social Sciences”, but it is more than that. It is one of the most commonly used statistical packages across disciplines, especially in Psychology. In this workshop, you will learn about the different components of SPSS, how to enter new data, create new variables, run basic descriptive statistics as well as run a simple statistical test. Previous knowledge of statistics or data analysis is not necessary.

Writing a Literature Review

Your assignment is to write a literature review. Your subject outline says the literature review is a critical analysis of published sources and literature on a particular topic. But you have no idea how to start, let alone write a literature review. Come and learn how to plan, start and write a literature review.

Writing Effective Essays

When writing essays, many students often face the common dilemma of how to put their ideas into writing. When they have many ideas, they find it difficult to organise these ideas properly, so they fail to effectively write what they want to say to readers. This workshop will provide you with opportunities in organising your ideas and thoughts for writing effective essays.

Being Confident with APA 7th

All subjects at JCU use APA style for essays, reports and other writing assignments. A key part of APA style is the references. In this interactive workshop, you will learn and practice how to write in-text citations and references from the 7th edition for some of the main types of work you will be reading for your assignments.

Writing Effective Reports (Business and Lab reports)

How difficult can it be to write a report? Well, writing a report isn’t the same as writing an essay. Even if you are good at writing, you may not necessarily know how to write an effective report. Reports for different purposes have their own requirements. The workshops will guide you in organising your information and ideas for writing effective reports for your purpose.

Avoiding Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is when you commit plagiarism. You can commit plagiarism unknowingly. When you commit plagiarism, you can fail the course, or even be asked to leave university before graduation. Don’t fall into the plagiarism trap. Come and learn how to paraphrase, summarise and quote with attribution, and edit your assignments to avoid plagiarism.

Learning Online and Passing Online Exams

Learn about new techniques to thrive in the virtual learning space and use them to beat the stresses of online exams.