Courses & Units

Communicating Research XGR502

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Communicating Research introduces principles of academic writing, referencing and broad presentation skills to PhD and Masters candidates to higher degrees by research (HDR) training at the University of Tasmania.

This unit will focus on a range of topics including: managing and reviewing the literature, presentation skills (for conferences, seminars, discussions and poster presentations), principles of academic writing (developing responsible writing skills, structuring extended writing, technique and writing style and incorporating the work of other scholars into your writing) and preparing research results for publication.

The unit will be taught via two days of block teaching (online, face-to-face, via Zoom) and assessment tasks will focus on meeting key objectives required for confirmation of candidature. Attendance at the face-to-face Zoom classes is mandatory. Enrolled HDR candidates can check the interactive class dates and times here: Please check the class dates and times here (

XGR502 is a core unit of the Graduate Certificate in Research. It introduces a range of topics that will be developed further in the remaining units of the course. Please note you will not incur a tuition fee for this unit.


Unit name Communicating Research
Unit code XGR502
Credit points 12.5
College/School Research Division
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Discipline Graduate Certificate in Research Income
Coordinator Doctor Kiran Ahuja
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 11 Week Session Feb Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Apr 8/4/2024 23/4/2024 16/5/2024 23/6/2024
Spring school (extended) 4/11/2024 27/11/2024 31/12/2024 23/2/2025
11 Week Session Feb 5/2/2024 21/2/2024 14/3/2024 21/4/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to convey ideas and information clearly and fluently in written form through written assessment.
  • Find, acquire, evaluate, manage and use relevant information in a range of media
  • Present well-reasoned arguments and ideas, using technology as appropriate
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethics and ethical standards in academic writing, and other forms of presentation especially as they pertain to conducting research.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of scholarly research skills which enable candidates to make their own contribution to knowledge.
  • Access, organise and present information clearly and purposefully for a specific audience.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Research (prior academic record may be considered).


AssessmentAssignment (33%)|Poster presentation (33%)|Assignment (34%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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