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Seminar, Intensive Course (Kashiwa)


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Critical Reading and Writing Workshop

High quality writing at the graduate level demands that the writer can critically read journal articles to extract the main messages and arguments and then produce a written critical analysis.
In addition to producing insightful summaries academic writers must also share their keen insight and perspective.

In this workshop, the instructor will introduce numerous concepts and suggest tools and techniques that writers can use to address complex and/or controversial issues and to craft;
1. concise and meaningful sentences
2. coherent and flowing paragraphs.

Topics could include:
● Framing
● Your discipline's Enduring Understandings, Guiding and Essential Questions
● Defining Terms
● Analyzing theories
● Descriptive Value, Explanatory Value and Analytical Value
● Purpose- Audience Analysis
● Socio-scientific Argument (Evidence, Claims, Warrants etc.)
 

Workshop Information

【Date/Time】10:00-15:00 January 17 (Fri), 2020
【Place】Room 113, Environmental Studies Bldg.
【Participation Fee】Free
【How to apply】Please apply here! Online Application Form
【Application Period】December 24 (Tue) 10:00 - January 16 (Thu) 17:00

Instructor
 

Paul Consalvi, Project Professor, GSFS, UTokyo

Prof. Consalvi has been introducing Project Management Techniques for Master's Thesis Projects, and has over 30 year experience managing both small and large projects in oil industry, banking and start-ups.

Message From the Instructor
 

Every discipline has a unique language and body of knowledge to master. And as you know, GSFS is a transdisciplinary programs which means even greater challenges. At this point in your academic career you must communicate what you are learning and contributing to your discipline(s) in the form of a writing project or presentation project. After getting a good start it's now time to report your progress or share your insights to a wider audience.

Consider yourself as wearing two different hats (or playing two distinct roles): the project manager role and the independent researcher role. You can ensure higher quality output and reduce your stress by better managing your time but also by collaborating with your team and taking advantage of the resources available to you.

No matter what your discipline or field(s) of interest completing a low stress and high quality writing project will require some Project Management skills. A good Project Manager will employ all their available resources to complete their project on time, on budget and at an acceptable quality.

This is the 2nd workshop in a series that will focus on some basic tools and techniques used when executing your writing plan.

Future workshops will address the tools, techniques and skills a good writer needs to complete their project such as refining, editing and proofreading.

Project Management Workshop
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The purpose of this workshop is to introduce concepts, tools and techniques from project management that can help you get your project started and help you develop and execute a plan.
We will introduce worksheets, checklists and tip sheets that you can use to:

● Plan your work & work your plan
● Consider the scope of your project and how you will contribute
● Consider important milestones
● Consider enhancing elements of a typical master's thesis or research project to your field; such as research questions, hypothesis, and arguments
● Consider how to plan to write each section of a thesis: introductions, methodologies, results and discussions

Workshop Information
 

【Date/Time】December 19(Thur) 09:30-14:30
【Place】Room 125, Environmental Studies Bldg.
【Instructor】Paul Consalvi, Project Professor, GSFS 【Participation Fee】Free

Message From the Instructor
 

Every discipline has a unique language and body of knowledge to master. And as you know, GSFS is a transdisciplinary programs which means even greater challenges.

At some point you must communicate what you are learning and contributing to your discipline(s) in the form of a writing project or presentation project. Getting a good start on your project will be the key to success.

Although you will most likely have to do most of the work independently you cannot complete a high quality project without some help. You need to include people on your team including your peers, supervisors, mentors, writing coaches who can help you develop and communicate your ideas by advising, translating, proofreading etc.

You are actually both the project manager and the main team worker. You can ensure higher quality output and reduce your stress by better managing your time but also by collaborating with your team and taking advantages of the resources available to you.

No matter what your discipline or field(s) of interest completing a low stress and high quality writing project will require some Project Management skills.

A good Project Manager will employ all their available resources to complete their project on time, on budget and at an acceptable quality. This workshop will focus on some basic tools and techniques a project manager can use to ensure the final project output meets the high quality expectations. Future workshops will address the skills a good writer needs to develop such as grammar, refining, editing and proofreading.

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