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Master’s and PhD Supervision for associate professors and professors

The main purpose of the course is to further systematic exchange of best practices among experienced supervisors at Aarhus BSS and to increase the individual supervisor’s professional competences.

Content

The course focuses on supervision of Master’s students and PhD students. Taking research results, local best practice, and participants’ own experiences as its starting point, the course intends to advance participants’ supervision skills in terms of:

  1. text-related skills: to convey criteria for academic papers, to support students’ writing processes, and to provide feedback that is forward-looking, accurate, specific, and criteria-based
  2. relationship and process management skills: to establish and maintain constructive working relationships with students and potential co-supervisors, and to match expectations early and regularly
  3. communication skills: to ask questions that encourage students' independence, to listen actively, and to meta-communicate the content and process of the supervision.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

 

  • describe and substantiate their practice as supervisors
  • match expectations with students early and regularly in a project
  • encourage students' writing processes and provide constructive feedback
  • apply communication methods that ensure progression in supervision meetings and promote students’ independence
  • identify and manage typical conflicts in supervision, such as balancing between support and structure, between product and process supervision, between private and professional elements in supervision relationships
  • utilize the disciplinary community as a resource in supervision
  • analyze and assess specific dilemmas in their own supervision practice
  • receive and provide collegial feedback as part of developing own as wells as others’ supervision. 

Fundamental concepts and working methods

  1. the best way to develop supervision skills is not simply talking about it, but to give, receive, and observe supervision. Consequently, the focus is on practicing concrete supervision principles and methods.
  2. even though supervision of Maters’s students and PhD students are different activities, they still have many shared features, and there are clear benefits to be gained from including both types of supervision in the same course.

Preparation

Detailed instructions will follow on the Blackboard site of the course. Please notice that you will be asked to do preparatory tasks on Blackboard before the first course day.

General information

Detailed instructions will follow on the Blackboard site of the course. Please notice that you will be asked to do preparatory tasks on Blackboard before the first course day.

Dates and registration

The course is offered in English.    

Autumn 2019 [REGISTRATION]

  • 6. November 2019
  • 11. December 2019 
  • 19. February 2020 
  • 29. April 2020

Registration deadline: Tuesday 17. September 2019

Prerequisites

To be eligible for the course, participants must be supervising at least one student (working on a Master’s thesis or PhD project) during the course period.

Similarly, participants must be able to attend all course days and have the capacity to invest a total of 40 hours of work into the course during the course period.

The course is also aimed at participants with previous course certificates from other institutions, e.g.  courses on teaching and learning.