Humanities Writing Place Hosts Workshop for Master’s Students
A workshop for first-year master’s students on how to write a good research proposal was hosted by The Writing Place within the College of Humanities on the Pietermaritzburg campus.
The subjects covered included topic formulation, proposal drafting, theoretical framework identification and methodology. As part of the workshop, students were assisted with their academic writing skills through an emphasis on essay/assignment structure and understanding academic concepts.
Writing Place Co-ordinator Mr Liberty Mambodiani said, ‘We understand that students struggle with issues of writing so these workshops are designed to improve and enhance academic writing skills to enable students to structure their research proposals correctly and in turn improve academic performance.’
Ms Nomzamo Mbuthu attended the workshop to improve her proposal. ‘Attending the workshop was a great experience and students should take the opportunity to attend such initiatives facilitated by the College. They provide a good support system and grant us the opportunity to get to know one another as postgraduate students,’ she said.
Mbuthu’s research focuses on the environmental sustainability impacts of special economic zones using the Dube Tradeport as a case study.
Another student Ms Zamokuhle Thabethe commented, ‘Being a part of the workshop was a learning experience for me and it helped improve my performance. These workshops are important as they are very informative and provide a safe space for postgraduate students to discuss challenges in their areas of research.’
Thabethe’s research looks at the capacity of librarians to run and support digital resources in public libraries located in Pietermaritzburg.
The students encouraged others to make use of The Writing Place and to continue to work hard.
Words: Melissa Mungroo