Thursday, 20 June 2019

Workshop motivates postgrad students

The Faculty of Business and Management Sciences motivated its postgraduate students to take up academic research and writing during an Orientation Workshop.

The workshop, which informed the students of what the university expects of them, was held recently on the District Six Campus. It was facilitated by the Faculty’s Assistant Dean of Research, Prof Chux Iwu.

Guest speaker and entrepreneur Ellen Fischat said that balancing family life and jobs with postgraduate studies is difficult and that it requires a lot of focus, a bit of sanity and strength.

Fischat is the co-founder of Innocircle, a boutique, innovation consultancy and holds an Honours Degree in Social Work and Community Development.

She shared the moving story of her rollercoaster upbringing including being a refugee in the Netherlands at seven, a club dancer in the early 1990s as well a tea lady at a governmental parastatal.

Fischat encouraged the students to share their knowledge and experience and to be willing to do more than others.

“When countries break, people break. No one is safe. All your material possessions are not going to last forever,” she added.

Dr Corrie Uys, Interim Manager at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, said the centre deals with students from Masters to postdoctoral degree programmes. Uys added that they also administer research software and monitor the progress of students through the Higher Degrees Committee (HDC).

The HDC Digital Portal is an online tool which is accessible everywhere in the world for staffers and registered CPUT students via the CPUT homepage.

Dr Michael Twum-Darko, Chair of the faculty’s Research Ethics Committee, said academic writing is different from business writing.

Twum-Darko added that the committee points out what needs to be fixed in a proposal. “Ethics in research is a lifestyle and the heart of research.”

Knowing ethical research is very important for researchers and those who apply research findings, he said.

He added that all researchers should be familiar with the basic ethical principles such as risk of harm, informed consent, anonymity and confidentiality, deceptive practices, right to withdraw.

“If the committee doesn’t understand your research proposal, the research will be deemed unethical,” he said.

He presented the university’s policies and guidelines that regulate ethics and the role of the Research Ethics Committee.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.