School of Graduate Studies Builds Capacity of Graduate Students and Supervisors

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) has held a day' s seminar on research to underscore the need for graduate students to produce quality research work after the end of their programme.   The seminar, which was organised in collaboration with the College of Humanities and legal Studies, College of Distance Education and the local Graduate Students Association of Ghana(GRASAG-UCC), was on the theme, " ENHANCING CAPACITY FOR POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH."   Opening the seminar, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Prof. Ernest Laryea Okorley, emphasised the need for graduate researchers to take research seriously. He said the only way  the University could achieve its vision of becoming “worldwide acclaim” was for its students to produce quality research work. He said the School would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that students produce quality dissertation. Prof. Okorley urged the public to visit the School's webpage to see at firsthand the research works produced by the SGS students.   Taking his turn to address participants on the topic" Effective Supervision: Roles, Skills and Knowledge", the Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Dora Edu-Buandoh, indicated that it was incumbent upon graduate researchers to produce a document that says "I am a master of this discipline". She urged the graduate researchers to plan and manage their research work, deliver the work on time and submit a thesis that was appropriate to the standard and acceptable to the department and the University. According to her, graduate supervision was a joint venture, adding that " it is a collaboration between the supervisor and the student'.   The Provost urged the students to hone their skills in enthusiasm, integrity, self-confidence, self-reflection, self-motivation and focus in order to realise their dreams.   Prof. Edu-Buandoh advised the graduate researchers to embrace knowledge base thesis and urged them to be innovative and creative.   A lecturer at the Department of English, Prof. Lawrence K. Owusu-Ansah, speaking on Academic Writing Skills and Publishing, advised the participants to take concord, tenses, voices, cohesion and coherent seriously when writing their dissertations.   Prof. Owusu- Ansah took the participants through modality and hedging, quotation, paraphrase and referencing in producing quality research work.   He noted that publishing served as evidence of research, promotion of academics, source of information for peers, among others.   He advised the students to study and implement the house style of their institution so as to produce acceptable dissertations, avoid flagship journals in the first few attempts on their own, publish with senior colleagues and avoid predatory journals and self- publication.   Presenting on the topic "Literature Review and Conceptual Framework", the Director of the Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Prof. Kofi Awusabo-Asare, said the importance of Literature Review was to justify research, provide a context for the research, highlight flaws in the research and enable the researcher to learn from the previous theory on the study. He noted that Conceptual Framework helps justify and build blocks for work that provides guide for variables in work.   For his part, Head of Department of Education Studies at the College of Distance Education, Prof. Emmanuel K. Gyimah, who  spoke on the topic, " Examining Thesis/Dissertation," stressed the need for the students to be abreast of the features of a good dissertation. According to him, thesis should be original, sound methodology, comprehensive and scholarly, rigorous and self-critical, among others.   Prof. Gyimah schooled the participants on VIVA VOCE, which, he said, was criterial for assessing students in the University. The participants had their burning questions addressed by the resource persons.