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The Graduate School as an academic unit, teachers and coordinates Transversal Skills Workshops and English courses for doctoral students, with a view to enriching their doctoral training.
The courses and workshops offered by the Graduate School are coordinated with other directions and academic units such as English UC, the Center for Professional Development, and UC Libraries. The subjects studied provide practical tools to develop skills in scientific communication, technology transfer, intellectual property, and command of a second language, among other fields. All matters addressed seek to make graduates bear a distinguishing seal in their relationship with the scientific, social, and productive environment through their leadership abilities and the internationalization of their study programs.
Transversal Skills Workshops
Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Workshop
The workshop is held in partnership with the Directorate of Transfer and Development of the UC Vice-Presidency of Research. It provides the basic elements and tools needed to develop high-impact research, so as to generate technology transfer, knowledge about patenting, and creating business ideas based on individual research. Upon completing the course, students will be able to identify the technical elements of technology transfer and intellectual property, be conversant with internal (University) regulations and external regulations (both national and international), the procedures and potential involved in intellectual property to protect and manage works created by doctoral students.
Workshop on Ethics and Integrity in Research
The workshop is conducted in partnership with the University’s Doctoral Program Coordination Unit on Ethics and Integrity in Research, Vice-Presidency for Research. It deals with ethical issues considerations and regulations in force that must be complied with when leading, participating, and conducting research. The workshop is divided into two phases: the first involves distance learning (CITI Program) while the second is based on classroom teaching. Special sessions are conducted for each field of knowledge:
Social sciences, Arts, Humanities and Socio-cultural environment
Life sciences (Use and welfare of animals and environmental care)
Upon completing the workshop, students receive an internationally acknowledged certificate.
The workshop can be found on the UC Course Catalog under the acronym CPD0002.
Workshop on Academic Presentations in English
The workshop is conducted in partnership with English UC. It is intended to promote the students' communication skills in English to enable them to present papers at conferences, moderate working groups, participate in meetings, interact and negotiate with peers, present their work and doctoral theses, and present their research results at conferences and seminars.
The workshop can be found on the UC Course Catalog under the acronym CPD0003.
Workshop on Academic Writing in English
The workshop is conducted in partnership with English UC. It teaches reading and writing skills for scientific texts in English by helping students to understand the linguistics of the different genres of academic writing. It also teaches them other writing abilities, such as how to write comments, critiques, abstracts, and data analysis.
The workshop is designed for doctoral candidates from all fields whose proficiency in English ranges from basic/ high (A2) to intermediate/ low (B1), according to the Common European Framework of Reference, who need to supplement their mastery of common English with key elements of academic writing.
The workshop can be found on the UC Course Catalog under the acronym CPD0004.
Workshop on English Academic Writing in the Humanities
The workshop is conducted in partnership with English UC. It is designed for doctoral students who study in the areas of humanities, social sciences, arts, and related fields. It is aimed at students whose proficiency in English ranges from B2 (low/ intermediate) to C1 (highly advanced), according to the Common European Framework for Languages and who need to supplement their command of the English language by mastering aspects of academic writing related to their specific fields of knowledge.
The workshop can be found on the UC Course Catalog under the acronym CPD0005.
Workshop on Academic Writing in English for Science and Technology
The workshop is designed for doctoral candidates studying in the fields of science and technology. It is intended for students who find themselves in the B2 linguistic range (lower/ intermediate) and C1 (advanced/ high), according to the Common European Framework for Languages, and who need to supplement their command of the English language by mastering aspects of academic writing related to their specific fields of knowledge.
The workshop can be found in the UC Course Catalog under the CPD0006 acronym.
Development of Teaching Skills Workshop
The workshop is held in partnership with the UC Teacher Development Center. It provides criteria and tools for university-grade teaching intended to provide training to all students. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn and implement quality course planning and evaluation strategies for university teaching. The importance of the workshop lies in the fact that it delivers basic tools and practices to help graduates find employment in academic environments.
The workshop can be found in the UC Course Catalog under the CPD0007 acronym.
English Course Program
Given that students enter the different doctoral programs with varying degrees in their knowledge of English, the Doctoral College implemented a pilot program of sequenced English courses in 2013. Starting in 2015, the courses were made available to all UC doctoral students. They begin with a screening test to determine entry level knowledge and students take the appropriate courses based on the outcome of the test. The goal is for students to achieve certification in English upon completion of their doctoral program, which is evaluated by an exit test.
Students who have previously taken international certification tests with a score equal to ALTE 3 or B2 will be eligible for admission to the validation program and may join the appropriate level of English (in the CPD course). The period for recognition of certification is two years. Students may apply for recognition in accordance with the provisions of the CPD Protocol on Entry Level Recognition English Courses.
For more information review the CPD protocols for English courses
Other Workshops, Courses and Support Services for Doctoral Students
Academic Writing Center English UC
This is a service provided by English UC that consists of self-study activities to develop the ability to write scientific manuscripts in English by carrying out activities that are suited in difficulty to the student’s level of knowledge level. This is determined by the teacher, María Gracielle Pereira, a specialist in the area, who is part of the UC English team. The service is available to doctoral students and academic staff of the programs. Applications for the program must be submitted by sending an email to email@example.com so as to be included in the calendar of Remote Learning: Academic Writing.
Academic Writing Center English UC Program
Course on "The Experience of Art"
The Doctoral College, together with the Department of Arts and Culture of the Research Vice-Presidency offers doctoral students the opportunity to participate in the course "The Experience of Art" which will be offered during the first half of 2016.
There are 10 vacancies available for the course, which consists of a theoretical and practical activity aimed at providing a live experience of eight artistic disciplines. The course is divided into two modules of lectures on Visual Arts, Theater, Architecture, Music, Opera, Ballet, Poetry and Cinema, and one field trip to experience the discipline addressed the previous week.
Workshops on employment
The Center for Professional Development (CDP) is a unit of the Office of Student Affairs (DAE) which provides advisory services and guidance to students who are in the process of transition between completing their university studies (undergraduate or graduate) and joining the labor market. A team of labor psychologists draws up an annual program of free workshops to help students in different areas. The workshops offered so far include: "Your project and professional profile: self - knowledge and technical competencies"; "Evolution of the labor market"; "Writing an effective curriculum vitae"; "The job interview" and "Psychological tests" among others.
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Workshop on Library Services UC / SIBUC
UC Libraries offer workshops each semester on specific databases that support research. They supplement the training offered by the doctoral study programs. The workshops offered include:
- The impact of scientific research and best publishing practices.
- Ranking of Journals: How to determine where to publish?
- Finding high scientific impact information sources SCOPUS / WOS.
- Efficient organization of information and use of quotation styles to generate references Mendeley / RefWorks.