Skills and Development for STM895 Course

Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University

Successful completion of the STM895 course is required for every Ph.D. student in the Open University program. Working through the online course materials allows student to evaluate their current skills and propose a development plan to further refine the skills important for a successful career as a research scientist. The information below will help guide students through this process and demonstrate their successful achievement of your skills. 

A table enumerating the skill set that should be achieved by the end of the Ph.D. training is also available from Shelly Hornbuckle. Completion of this table and a meeting with the Research Degree Coordinator to evaluate the student’s progress is required prior to the probationary review. 

Annual reviews of the required skill set should be performed prior to completing the annual report to the Open University. Achieved developmental milestones and a plan for the upcoming year should be incorporated into the appropriate sections of the annual report form (due at the end of March of each year until submission of the thesis). 

Find your course(The date corresponds to the academic year during which you enrolled at the Open University.  If you started in January 2011, you will be registered in STM895-10J)

Useful resources:

Open University – Ph.D. Skills website (OU password required)

Resources from Courses/Workshops given at the OU

SIMR's Communication Skills Resources Page