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Increasing Research Outputs through Focus Areas of Research and Structured Report Writing

Increasing Research Outputs through Focus Areas of Research and Structured Report Writing

With regard to co-publishing articles with master’s degree students, this seldom materializes, and even doctoral studies often result in only one or two publications per student. The aim of this presentation is to provide practical guidelines on how to structure research projects and report writing in such a manner as to increase publishable research outputs. A format of cohort supervision is presented in this study with the aim of improving the quality and particularly the quantity of data gathered during such projects. Although the cohort supervision model does not necessarily result in the student’s individual research being published, the combined data improves the odds of the academic promoter publishing articles, co-authored with the students in the cohort. In this way the students are also accorded an opportunity of seeing their work reach a wider audience.

A thesis design, which will affect at least three research outputs per thesis, is also presented. Inherent to the design is a systematic literature and methodology review, as well as the adoption of a thesis structure aligned to a generic article layout. The suggested supervision (and research design) strategies are evaluated against the standards of the regulatory qualification authorities. Successes experienced in this regard are discussed. Problems with the implementation of this approach are also considered.

Speakers: Renier Steyn