Fine-Tuning Your Research Questions


Session description



This workshop explores the value and use of research questions and outlines some simple techniques to fine-tune and then evaluate your questions. Throughout there will be hands-on practice in refining/reformulating them.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Critically examine your own research questions;
  • Address how relevant, achievable and clear they are;
  • Refine it and break down the questions and check the assumptions underpinning them.



Friday 21st October 2016: 1000-1200

Thursday 1st December 2016: 1400-1600 (ONLINE ONLY)

Tuesday 10th January 2017: 1000-1200

Monday 20th March 2017: 1000-1200

Monday 10th July 2017: 1400-1600 (ONLINE ONLY)

Wednesday 12th July 2017:1000-1200

How to make your reservation

Log into PROSE and search for 'Research Questions'

Session pre-requisites This session is recommended for research students in their probationary period.
Pre-session work required

Participants should bring along the research questions they are currently working with their thesis.

Key readings/resources

Fine-Tuning Your Research Questions resources list

Covered RDF domains

Domain A - Knowledge and intellectual abilities.
Subdomains: A1 (Knowledge base) and A2 (Cognitive abilities).

Delegate places

Minimum 6 delegates
Maximum 20 delegates

Facilitator(s) and contact details

Dr Chantal Bielmann (

For Office Use Only

Course Code: SDCRSCH-PGR013

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