This topic is available to research higher degree candidates as part of their candidature.  The topic is intended for commencing RHD candidates to facilitate achieving the first RHD Milestones; however, it can be taken at any stage, and candidates commencing less well-defined research topics may benefit from taking the course later in their candidature (second semester) when they have some written material to work with. 

Please note that candidates who are enrolled in a PhD (Clinical Psychology), Doctor of Education and Doctor of Public Health are unable to undertake the topic as it does not fit with the course rules. There is also no cost for COMS9001 to the candidate, as it is subsumed into their study load. 

COMS9001 provides a range of benefits for students, including the opportunity to:

  • focus on RHD writing and communication skills in the context of work already being produced for their own research;
  • gain practical skills in dealing with structure, argument, wordiness, expression and grammar;
  • receive flexible course assessment for individual needs;
  • acquire a wide range of skills, from second language improvement to submission and publication standard;
  • receive individual detailed feedback on writing skills and ongoing revision of work to meet required standards;
  • collaborate with and support other commencing students within and across disciplines (classes are loosely grouped by discipline area); and
  • obtain a clear understanding of the expectations and standards required for successful thesis writing.

For detailed information on the topic requirements and enrolment process, refer to the  COMS Flyer 2017 (PDF 399KB)

Click here for the the topic information page COMS9001 Communicating Research.

 What past candidates have gained from COMS9001:

  • It was great to get together with other PhD students and interact and learn from one another and journey together through this topic. Building those relationships with others was really helpful on top of what we learnt during the topic.
  • Being told what a PhD is all about, the expectations, and to share with others about their experiences.
  • We used our own work (paper/thesis/research proposal/literature review) as a basis of identifying areas of improvement. This makes the learning more practical and relevant.
  • I liked the way this course worked with and was complimentary to my existing writing goals … This course has helped me think more deeply about my written communication and it has also helped me mark and give feedback to students.
  • The weekly writing tasks were nicely paced and helped build a set of knowledge and skills around writing.
  • As a result of attending your topic, my proposal moved from messy, to hardly any issues with structure whatsoever.