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Research Skills required by PhD students C2: Information management...
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4 March 2010
C2: Design and execute systems for the acquisition and collation of information through the effective use of appropriate resources and equipment
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Do you keep an annotated bibliography? Is it up-to-date?
- Do you keep a research journal?
- Are your research records dated?
- Do you make notes of your supervision meetings, identifying key decisions and action points, and do you distribute them to your supervisors promptly?
- Do you have a consistent and systematic strategy for recording information in a way that both allows you to access it reliably and is logical and understandable to others?
- Are your records up-to-date? Are your records backed up?
- Can you use statistical software (e.g. SPSS) effectively?
- Can you use spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) flexibly to organise and analyse information?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- An annotated bibliography.
- A laboratory notebook or research journal.
- The report of the analysis of one empirical study.
- Databases or spreadsheets used in research.
- A record of active participation in an EndNote or other ‘information tools’ training.
This cloud is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.