TRAINING ACTIVITIES


The Doctorate in Linguistic and Literary Studies in their Sociocultural Contexts by the ULPGC offers three compulsory and transversal training courses for doctoral students in the three proposed lines of research. These courses will be offered online through OPEN-ULPGC. Therefore, doctoral students will receive the teaching at home, connected from their own computer, they and the professors. They will also have online support through the Virtual Campus of the ULPGC. In this way, doctoral students registered part-time and those who do not live in Gran Canaria will be able to access training under the same conditions as those registered full-time.

The training activities of the Doctorate Programme will focus on the different phases that all rigorous research must follow, including its dissemination and presentation. Thus, in the first of these, the doctoral student will learn the structure of a research project and the mastery of the skills and research methods specific to the lines of research that have been proposed. The second is dedicated to knowing the ways of diffusion and transference of scientific results, insisting on the signs of quality of the publications. Finally, the third focuses on knowing the rudiments of scientific communication of an oral nature. The three training activities offer doctoral students a series of contents necessary for the subsequent achievement of the skills and abilities foreseen for the degree. 

In addition, doctoral students are required to submit at least one contribution to conferences and symposia related to the subject of their research and to publish a scientific paper in accordance with established quality standards. Likewise, they may collaborate in teaching practices under the terms established by the Reglamento de venia docendi of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and, in the case of pre-doctoral research scholarship holders, under the terms and conditions established by their scholarship. 

On the other hand, doctoral students may obtain additional training through the academic activities planned by EDULPGC, the Faculty of Philology, the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation, the Department of Spanish, Classical and Arabic and Oriental Studies, and the Department of Modern Philology, Translation and Interpretation. These other training activities must be planned by the director of the doctoral thesis in coordination with the tutor. The PhD supervisor will ensure that these activities are coherent with the training project of the doctoral student and the tutor because they take into account the full or partial dedication of the doctoral students and the repercussion that an excess of activities could have on the completion of the PhD dissertation. 



FIRST ACTIVITY (compulsory)

Course: Introduction to Research in Applied Linguistics and Literature (15h)

    • Contents
    1. Theoretical basis and methodological procedures of research
    2. Introduction to the web resources for the literary research
    3. State of the art of the research specific domain
    4. Aim of the research and formulating the hypothesis
    5. Methodology and equipment selection. Selection and preparation for the corpus of the research
    6. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of collected data
    7. Writing conclusions
    8. Annotated bibliography
    • Timing: 3 three-hour sessions (3+3+3) in the first semester of the first year.
    • Learning outcomes

      1. Be able to prove a systematic comprehension of this field of study and the domain of the skills and methods of research related to it.
      2. Be able to conceive, design, put into practice and adopt a research process with academic rigour.
      3. Be able to make a scientific contribution, through original research that enlarges the knowledge borders on this field, and that deserves the national and international referenced publication.
      4. Be able to make a critical analysis, evaluation and summary of new and complex ideas.
    • Languages: Spanish and English
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out a 3,000 to 3,500-word paper including the aim, methodology, corpus analysis and conclusions of the research. The paper should be submitted through the Moodle Platform. 

SECOND ACTIVITY (compulsory)

Course: Disseminating Research (10h)

    • Contents
    1. Types of publications: paper, digital. Books, journals, presentations, talks, posters, multimedia publications…
    2. Quality criteria of a scientific publication: journal’s evaluation, impact factor, databases, referenced and not referenced journals, prestigious publishers.
    3. Evaluation of the research by Quality Agencies.
    4. Dissemination to the society and transfer of knowledge.
    • Timing: 2 three-hour sessions and 2 two-hour sessions (3+3+2+2) in the second semester of the first year.
    • Learning outcomes
    1. Be able to build an interrelationship framework with the scientific community as a whole and with the society in general about the results of the research in this branch of knowledge.
    2. Be able to promote scientific, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge society in academic and professional contexts.
    • Languages: Spanish and English
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out Moodle tests through the ULPGC Virtual Campus. These tasks will be submitted within a deadline and, if the PhD student has not obtained the expected learning results, a face-to-face or virtual tutorial to correct mistakes will be held, and the Moodle platform will be opened so that students can deliver their test again.

THIRD ACTIVITY (compulsory)

Course: Oral communication in the scientific field (15h)

    • Contents
    1. Types of oral presentation in research I (conferences, committees, presentation of reports…).
    2. Types of oral presentation in research II (conferences, round tables, debates…).
    3. Oral communication techniques.
    4. Oral communication and ICT.
    • Timing: 2 three-hour sessions and 2 two-hour sessions (3+3+2+2) in the second semester of the first year.
    • Learning outcomes
    1. Be able to build an interrelationship framework with the scientific community as a whole and with the society in general about the results of the research in this branch of knowledge.
    • Languages: Spanish and English
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out a 5-minute oral presentation and a scientific poster on a study carried out by the student or on the state of the art of his doctoral thesis.

FOURTH ACTIVITY (compulsory)

Contributions to scientific conferences and workshops (30h) 

    • ScheduleConsidering that this activity will depend on the line of research selected by the doctoral student, and on the conferences and workshops related, the scheduling of this activity would hang on the tutor’s, advisor’s and doctoral student’s planning. Besides, in the case of part-time students, this activity must be compatible with the availability and schedule of the doctoral students' main activity. In any case, it cannot be carried out in the first year of the PhD programme, because doctoral students must have a minimum knowledge of their line of research; nor in the last semester of the third year for full-time students, nor in the last semester of the fifth year for part-time students, in order to avoid an excess of activities in the last stretch of the programme, when doctoral students must focus on the presentation and reading of the doctoral thesis.

FIFTH ACTIVITY (compulsory)

Mobility

The students who aim to a PhD with International Doctor Mention must carry on a continued stay in an International Research Centre. In this case and according to the current regulations, there cannot be differences between full-time and part-time students. The rest of the students must carryon one or some stays in an international research centre, which, altogether at the end of the training period, imply at least a month. For full-time students this stay must be planned in the second year of the programme, and for part-time students, between the second and the fourth year. Also, part-time students may confirm their stay gathering several 7-day stays until they complete the month required.

Exceptionally, part of the stay may be done virtually, with a duration not exceeding 15 days, which must be approved by the Academic Committee of the PhD Program. In this case, the supervisor and the tutor of the doctoral student must send a report of the activity to be carried out, justifying the need for this type of stay and detailing how it will be effectively controlled.  

  • Specific actions
- To attend specialisation seminars in the branch of the line of research;
- Consultation of documentation from specialised not loanable resources, but essential for carrying out the doctoral thesis;
- Use of large scientific infrastructure facilities (phonetics laboratories, centres for computational linguistics, centres for lexicographic analysis, etc.).

SIXTH ACTIVITY (optional)

Participation in the EDULPGC's training offer and the PDI's Continuing Education Plan

Doctorate students may optionally take one or more of the courses offered by EDULPGC and by the PDI's PFC of the ULPGC, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 30 hours depending on the selected activity. The contents of the courses, as well as the timing, the language of instruction and the learning results must be consulted on the EDULPGC web page, in "Actividades formativas", as well as on the ULPGC web page, section "Information by profiles > PDI > Plan de Formación Continua del PDI".