TRAINING ACTIVITIES

The ULPGC PhD in Linguistics and Literary Studies in their Sociocultural Contexts offers three compulsory and cross-curricular training courses for doctoral students, in the three proposed research lines. These courses will be offered in a face-to-face modality by the OPEN-ULPGC, the Open University of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. All students will follow their lessons at home, connected from their personal computer with their teachers.

They will also have distance support through the ULPGC Virtual Campus. Thus, doctoral students, those enrolled part-time, as well as those who don’t live on the island of Gran Canaria, may access the training courses on the same conditions as the full-time enrolled and the face-to-face doctoral students.

The training courses will focus on the various stages that every rigorous research must follow, including its dissemination, dissertation and defence. This way, the course is planned so that the doctoral student will know the structure of the research work and the domain of the research skills and methods specific of the doctoral programme lines of research. A second year will be addressed to know the ways of dissemination, insisting on the quality indicators for publications. Finally, last year will be set up so that the student knows the rudiments of the oral science communication. The three courses offer to doctoral students the necessary contents for a later achievement of the competences and skills foreseen in the degree.


FIRST ACTIVITY

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.
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out a 6,000 to 7,000-words paper including the aim, methodology, corpus analysis and conclusions of the research. The paper should be submitted through the Moodle Platform. 
    • Languages of the activity: Spanish and English

SECOND ACTIVITY

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 of the activity: Spanish and English
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out Moodle or Exe-Learning surveys through the ULPGC Virtual Campus. These tasks will be submitted within a deadline and, if the doctoral student has not obtained the expected learning results, a face-to-face or virtual tutorial to correct mistakes will be held, and the Moodle or Exe-Learning platform will be opened again so that students can deliver their survey one more time.

THIRD ACTIVITY

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 (dissemination conferences, round tables, debates…).
    3. Oral communication techniques
    4. Oral communication and ICTs.
    • 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.
    • Assessment: The acquisition of the course skills and abilities will be recognised by carrying out a 10-minute oral presentation about an aspect of the state-of-the-art of their doctoral thesis. For part-time students or for those who don’t live in Gran Canaria, it will be a deadline for submitting the presentation recorded in MP5 format.
    • Languages of the activity: Spanish and English
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Besides these courses, doctoral students will be able to obtain an additional training through the academic activities planned by the ULPGC Doctoral School (Escuela de Doctorado de la ULPGC), the Faculty of Philology, the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, the Department of Hispanic and Classical Philology and of Oriental and Arabic Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages (guest lecturers, workshops, seminars, etc.). Also, they may present contributions to conferences and workshops, and help out with teaching internship according to the Venia docendi regulations of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and to the terms of their Grant, in case of grant holder researchers.

The PhD thesis advisor in coordination with the tutor will plan these other training activities. The advisor shall work to ensure that these activities are in line with the training doctoral project and the tutor shall work so that the committee will take into consideration the student’s full-time or part-time commitment and the effects that too many activities could have in accomplishing the deadline of the doctoral thesis.



FOURTH ACTIVITY

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

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-days stays until they complete the month required.

    • 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.).