Modules

The Doctoral Schools of PADA are held twice a year during the inter-semester break - in January and June/July. Each school offers one-week intensive modules on a number of specialized topics. Modules usually run from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 5:00 pm.

 

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

  The final stage of all research is the communication of its findings. As researchers, you must be able to present your work in ways that bring out its value and potential impact. This requires the ability to confidently present, explain and defend your research before

  • other researchers within the same discipline;
  • other researchers in related or unrelated disciplines;
  • non-academic audiences; and
  • the general public, including the media.

 The course will examine each of these forms of communication in terms of stylistic requirements. The common denominator across all these forms of communication is strong writing skills. The module therefore covers topics such as preparing the thesis from conceptualization to final project, referencing literature, editing and proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism. Participants are also given the opportunity to practice these skills during in-class exercises.

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

This course provides students with practical innovative skills needed to complete the PhD process. Focusing on creativity, critical thinking and communication, the approaches used include mind-mapping, active teaching and learning analyzing strategies, innovative pedagogy, and effective use of an online Learning Management System. Using a learner-centred and participatory approach, the course explores innovative shifts in the educational landscape and evaluates the opportunities and challenges inherent in emerging technologies.

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

The university in Africa faces pressures from a global knowledge economy which emphasizes innovation and invention. Early and emerging scholars are the drivers of knowledge production in this new context, where career advancement is tied to local innovation and transnational competitiveness and the idea of the scholar as leader, marketer and innovator.

This course introduces early and mid-career scholars to the changing profile of the emerging African scholar. It will explore global and African landscapes of 21st century knowledge production in order to help students understand changes taking place in the role and function of the scholar, and appreciate the new challenges and responsibilities the next generation of African scholars are expected to meet.

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

The process of obtaining a doctoral degree can be a difficult, long and lonely journey. It requires persistence and a plan to deal with resources, time and people. Having these skills will make your journey to a PhD less stressful and will guarantee that you will finish your thesis in good time.

The course is designed as a practical guide; it is conducted in a seminar style, with emphasis on experiential and peer learning. The course incorporates exercises and assignments that encourage students to individually reflect on and put into immediate practice what they learn.

o The nature of the PhD process

o Institutional environment and your obligations

o Managing your time

o Managing your supervisors

o Managing your thesis writing

o Managing life during the PhD (school-life balance; managing your studies as a female or part-time student; dealing with stress, frustration, etc.)

o Guide to grants, conferences and publishing in graduate school

o Managing your literature review (including using bibliographic managers e.g. Endnote, Mendeley)

 

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

The principles underlying the delivery of effective presentations apply to scientific talks as much as they do to other public speaking engagements. The course will explore important verbal and nonverbal skills, proven presentation structures, and innovative delivery techniques that are the hallmarks of impactful presentations. By the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of the essence of a presentation, the major dos and don'ts in oral and poster presentations and how to build verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Further, though individual exercises and small group activities, students will improve their ability to speak with poise, clarity, and conviction.

Eligibility:

Qualitative methodology is not a discrete set of techniques or methods but an approach that shapes the entire process of research. The course will cover the fundamentals of qualitative methodology, from its underlying philosophical principles, to choice of research questions and approach, through data collection and analysis, and finally to the writing up stage.

Additionally, the course provides students practical skills in data analysis with NVivo. It will cover creating projects, importing data, editing, changing page view, creating nodes and sub-nodes, collapsing and expanding nodes, coding, uncoding, creating models and exporting nodes and models. Students will also learn to run queries, create matrices and explore data. The course will be useful for participants who have collected data and have transcripts to analyze. However, those without data will be given sample data for practical sessions.

We assume at least an introductory knowledge of qualitative methodology from previous graduate level courses. This course will therefore focus on building practical skills and the confidence to undertake qualitative research. The course will be intensive and interactive, with hands-on individual and group activities.

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

 

This course introduces students to basic quantitative techniques for social science research. It examines the theory and application of standard quantitative techniques, from descriptive statistics through inferential statistics to multivariate techniques. A broad approach is taken to give students ample opportunity to critically assess the rationale, theories, and concepts behind the various statistical techniques. The ultimate aim is to equip students with statistical tools for social science and humanities research.

The course is conducted in a computer environment with the aid of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) on Windows.

The course places emphasis on the how-toas against the what-isaspects of quantitative application in social science research and, thus, students will learn how to design a structured quantitative questionnaire and code and analyze the resulting data using SPSS.

Eligibility:
All PhD Students

 

 

R is an open-source, flexible and powerful statistical analytic software used by leading academics and researchers worldwide. It is a preferred environment for data manipulation, visualization of publication-quality graphs and charts, and data analysis. The course offers a comprehensive understanding of the use of R  in statistics and data analysis. It also introduces students to basic programming in R. 

Requirement: Applicants must have taken PhD level courses in quantiative methods.