Final workshop for those wanting to apply for a PhD. Monday October 27, in honours, 2-5pm.
- Have added a blank front page to serve as a title page
- Renamed the templates so not about thesis or exegesis
- Replaced the Otari font with one that didn’t generate an error (on my computer at least)
- Instructions and files now found at consiliencelab.org.au/designing-your-final-work
- resize your images to close to the size they NEED to be in your publication (don’t use inDesign as your image editor
- create a folder next to your work that is for your images, put them in there first
- then put them in your document from this folder, because
- inDesign remembers where they are, it doesn’t import them, and needs to know where they are when you create your PDF to be able to embed them
- you can crop or resize within inDesign
- if you apply the image Object Style to your image then text automatically flows around it
- strip stray paragraph returns and tab marks before you import your work into inDesign
- character formatting will be lost
- if you have lots of italics then BEFORE you import do a search and replace to find all italics and insert two ** in front of them, then easy to find what needs to be italicised once in inDesign, you could do same for bold, and footnotes
- it isn’t proper but I just add lots of pages before I import my document, and let the material flow through
Jaine has reasonably taken me to task about where templates are, what’s required to finish, and so on. And I have forgotten to write up notes from the inDesign workshop. So here’s the potted list.
The templates (there is one for A4 and another for A5) can be used for thesis or exegesis – ignore that they are called ‘exegesis templates’. Instructions, with links to a video, and the templates, are at http://vogmae.net.au/thehonours/research/presentation-templates/. The page outlines all the steps. The key first step is to strip out stray returns and tab marks (these completely stuff up layout and confuses wordprocessing with presentation/layout, one of the reasons Scrivener is good because it recognises you design your work somewhere different to where you write it).
All that was covered in the first inDesign workshop is included on the template page.
When you download the template file you will find two templates, some fonts that the templates rely on, and a guide that is a Word doc.
The templates include the content that is needed, some of which you need to edit to make it relevant (eg the declaration says exegesis). This is the declaration, abstract, acknowledgements, table of contents….
The thesis and exegesis needs the declaration, abstract, acknowledgements but the project component does not (as this might be a film, radio work, poetry etc).
- submit three copies (I will be in lab on the Friday afternoon, or you can submit via Level 4)
- make sure you have signed the declaration page of your submitted work
- there is a Google submission form that your supervisor completes that says it is finished (available at the bottom of http://www.consiliencelab.org.au/supervision – I will remind supervisors of this
- email me or provide me with a pdf of your submitted work
The work is collated, packed into prepaid envelopes, and sent to examiners with accompanying letters and assessment templates (these are still being vetted but the draft thesis and exegesis assessment templates should be examined). We tell examiners they have a fortnight but we don’t get worried until four weeks have passed.
When reports are received we check if anonymity is requested. If yes, then both reports must be anonymised. They are copied and the student and supervisor receive copies. We post this to students. You generally do not receive your work back from examiners. The grade is the average of the two received, if the grades vary by more than 15 marks we use a third examiner. The third examiner is usually someone in the School as it needs to be done quickly to get things completed before the end of the year (otherwise with Christmas your results will not be completed until well in to the new year). The honours Course Assessment Committee (made up of teaching staff in honours) then determines the final grade.
Today’s Q and A went off with a a bit of a whimper. Distributed the examination criteria that are sent out with your work. Key advice: use these phrases discretely and explicitly in your introduction and conclusion.
Discussed overall honours awards (H1, H2A, H2B, H3) and how they determined. (Your results are weighted based on their credit contribution to the overall, with 36/96, which would be 3/8ths?, towards your research result. You need 80 or better from your exam to get a H1 overall, and regardless of other results you don’t get a H1 if you don’t get a 80 or better for the examination.)
The work goes to a third examiner if there is too great a discrepancy between the first two examiners, deciding if ‘too great’ is more than 15, or more than 20, marks.
The work is usually physically sent to examiners, it often is not returned. If you want more copies, you should get them printed when you get the three copies for submission.
You need to sign the declaration page of each of the copies.
There is a simple structure which you will be shown (declaration, acknoweldgements, abstract, table of contents, etc).
The work is submitted via building 9, level 4. Bundle the three up securely, have a cover sheet, and they have my name, not your supervisors, on them.
There is a page that I said you and your supervisor sign which basically says the work is finished. I’ve turned that into a google form this year so your supervisor only needs to fill that in (it’s at the bottom of http://www.consiliencelab.org.au/supervision/).
You will be finding suitable printers shortly. They can tell you how long their turn around times are. Usually it is 2 days. We have used ImpactDigital a lot.
Update on Edit Bootcamp.
1. if you’ve said you want to participate and submitted a draft then you can (am confirming draft’s with lab leaders Monday)
2. arrive 9:30 for a prompt 10am start.
3. We will be printing your current draft Wed morning so you must have access to it.
4. Each day you will be making changes to your draft so you need to have access to it on a computer (lab, your laptop, etc).
5. I’m getting us lunch from Pearson and Murphy each day.
6. make sure you have your notebook and pens, we will edit using Red, if you would prefer a fancy red pen (I do) then BYO, otherwise I’ll have a stash of tacky red biros.
7. For the Thursday everyone is to give me 1 page of your now edited (changes made to the document and printed for me) draft that I will edit to help you. You choose which page you want to give me.
8. Can’t think of a number eight, but didn’t want to finish on 7.
In the media objects blog have added some new menus to pick up the posts that are happening. On the main site (i.e. here) as the blog form has been completed for research strategies your names and blogs have been created and added to the blog roll. Been questions about what is needed to confirm supervisors. In week 3 you will submit your topic and supervisor (or your supervisor will), this is when it is officially recorded. Remember, if you don’t have a blog you need to ask for one (see blog form above).
Consilience lab is site for news, about the course, day to day, not tied to any particular subject. Then each lab has a blog. And research strategies has a blog too. These have assessments, readings, links, and whatever else might be relevant just for that subject. So the blog you’re reading here is generic news. Relevant to everyone. Why isn’t that in research strategies you wonder? Because that subject only really runs a semester where as here I can post news, announcements, events, etc without having to wonder if it is relevant to that subject.