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MY LEARNING IMPROVEMENT DURING THE COURSE: REFLECTIVE ESSAY (PART 2)



Understanding Ethics and Codes in Research
Before learning this topic, I had understood the norms that supposed to obey in research. This was caused that when I was a member of research organization in my undergraduate campus, the institution paid a lot of attention to this issue by creating a guide for conducting research. All of members had to follow the rules and codes in that book when organizing research.
The course enriched my knowledge about norms and codes in research by reviewing some references such as Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. I knew some codes that were generally accepted as guidelines for all researchers in all institutions: honesty, objectivity, integrity, carefulness, openness, respect for intellectual property, respect for colleagues, confidentiality, responsible publication, responsible mentoring, social responsibility, non-discrimination, competence, legality, animal care and human subject protection.
One of the activities in this lesson was playing role via online. This task helped me construct new insight about ethics. For example, I recognized that each university using public finding should possess an Officer of Research Integrity, having responsibility in assessing the research misconduct. Misconduct was research involving fabrication, falsification, and/or plagiarism in proposing, performing and reviewing research.

To conduct research in the University of Adelaide such as thesis and dissertation especially the one involving human and animals as objects, students must submit the request of ethics. In a session in this course, it was explained that it took approximately five weeks to get approval of ethic document. Therefore, it was suggested to the students who wanted to choose dissertation at the fourth semester to prepare their proposal as early as possible, ideally at semester three.
English Writing Skill
Weekly task in this course was writing reflective blog. The students supposed to write self-reflection on the blog on MyUni regarding what they had acquired and done in a previous meeting and what improvement that they had experienced. In my point of view, this method was like reinforcement in learning. In addition, this was very beneficial for students to recognize that the activities they underwent were not useless. Also, writing could aid the students remember the lesson. I believed that repetition together with impression and association was the effective way to remember something―rewriting was a kind of repetition.
I had been creating six blogs during the course and this resulted in advantages not only in terms of reflection on content of lesson, but also in improving my English writing skill. This task forced me to produce 700-1,000 English words per blog. It meant that I had opportunity to increase my “saving” of vocabulary and to correct my grammar mistakes. I detected this enhancement when I wrote assignments both in Research Design and in other courses. For instance, I could write faster than at the beginning of this semester.
Presentation in English
Presentation is a compulsory part of research. It is conducted to inform the audience about the research that wants to organize. I witness three points of the importance of research presentation.
Firstly, by doing presentation a researcher can explain the audience the idea of research such as the problems that want to solve, the questions that want to answer and its benefits to society. The audience will get insight about the research and probably want to assist the researcher. Those who want to get support from institution such as funding are strongly recommended to present their research to convince the donors so they want invest their money. Meanwhile, presentation of completed research becomes accountability for the public especially for the donors.
Secondly, presentation is the way to persuade people to read the paper presented. By reading the paper, public can access and apply the findings. However, they will not read the article if they are not interested in reading it.
Finally, presentation is committed to get feedback on what will do or have done. Feedback from the audience will assist the researcher in correcting mistake, getting inspiration and fostering himself such as how to determine appropriate analysis method.
A challenge that I faced in presentation was how to speak English well. I believed that exercise could solve this challenge. The more I practiced, the easier I did presentation. It was why I did presentation exercise in my unit and in campus with my friends. I applied what my lecturer said about tips of doing presentation, for example, showing body language and doing eye contact. As a result, I displayed a significant improvement. When I presented my research question at the first time with Martin and Lucia, I felt nervous; but now, I like a course which has many assignments of presentation.
Conclusion
To conclude, Research Design course has fostered me in understanding research, both in concept and practice. There are a lot of aspects that become indicators of this, but some that I highlight in this essay are writing literature review, collating systematic review, avoiding plagiarism, searching reference and creating citation, understanding ethics and codes in research, English writing skill and presentation in English. These skills help me complete task not only in this course, but also in other courses. The skills will be applicable in the next semesters, even after I finish my master degree in this university. 

I experienced this growth because I allocated a lot of energy and time in learning, struggling to challenges. Persistence was the key in this process. I acknowledge the assistance of the lecturer of Research Design, Mr. Richard Warner, who has given the lesson patiently and provided course material for us. I also say thank to my friends who became my partners in discussion on every Friday.




Student name         : Wahyuddin

ID number              : 1685024

Subject                  : Research Design

Program                 : Master of Education

School                   : Education

University               : The University of Adelaide

Date                       : 10 November 2015
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