School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Research Student Resources

Ethics Research at UNSW Thesis Writing Workshop
NVivo Software Epi Info Software
NVivo Training Research Student Clinic


Ethics Research at UNSW

For more details on applying for ethics approval see UNSW Human Research Ethics


NVivo Software

Software that might be helpful to your research studies is NVivo Software: NVivo can be accessed both on- and off-campus. To access the licence, please send an email request to UNSW IT Service Desk requesting a QSR NVivo Licence. Free NVivo tutorials are available online. See information below regarding the NVivo workshops that SPHCM runs each semester.

NVivo Training

The Qualitative Research Network Hub at SPHCM will be running NVivo training workshops, which include some basics of qualitative data analysis process together with the skills of using NVivo to manage and code qualitative data.

The training will take you through the various features of NVivo11 and will be conducted over 3 sessions with you getting hands on experience in coding your data using NVivo11. The workshops will be facilitated by Dr Husna Razee and Dr Alexandra Gibson.
Attendance at the first two sessions is ESSENTIAL.

2017 Dates





Session 1


Thursday, 10 August 2017


10.00am – 2.30pm


Room 305, level 3, Samuels Building (F25)


  • Introduction to Nvivo workspace and ribbons
  • Creating a new project, saving and backing up project
  • Planning for your Nvivo project including preparation of data
  • Creating folders and importing documents
  • Essentials of Coding
  • Annotations and links
  • Practice Coding

Session 2


Thursday, 7 September 2017

  10.00am –2.30pm  

Room 305, level 3, Samuels Building (F25)


  • More about Coding (pictures, videos)
  • Transcribing in Nvivo
  • Managing  Coding
  • Attributes, values and classifications
  • Importing classification sheets and survey data
  • Practice with own data

Session 3

  Thursday, 5 October 2017   9.00am – 1.00pm  

Room 305, level 3, Samuels Building (F25)


  • Querying Data
  • Strategies for visualizing Data (models/maps; exploring relationships, charts etc.)
  • Practice with own data

Frequently asked questions

Whom is this workshop for?
  • Higher degree research students who have a qualitative research component as part of their research and who are not familiar with Nvivo use
  • Academics or researchers who are expecting to or currently undertaking qualitative data collection and want to use Nvivo for qualitative data management

Do I need any data to do this training?

Bringing your own data is NOT essential.  The facilitator will provide data for you to practice with.  However, you will get more out of the training if you have your own data. This can be either 3-5 interview transcripts, or focus group discussion transcripts, observation field notes, documents you want to analyze or even journal articles that you would be using for your literature review.

Why are the training sessions conducted a few weeks apart?

This is to provide you time to practice what you have learnt and come back with questions. It also gives you time to think about what you have learnt.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

  • A laptop with Nvivo11 installed and activated.
  • Your own data if you have it. It is NOT ESSENTIAL that you bring your own data

We will inform you closer to the training what else is needed.

Will I incur any costs to participate in this training?

The training is free for the following:

  • Higher degree research candidates enrolled at School of Public Health and Community medicine.
  • Staff of SPHCM

All others will incur a fee. The fee is a total of AUD $550 for students, $650 for UNSW staff and $750 for non-UNSW participants.  For those paying fees, in addition to the training sessions, you will get 4 hours one-on-one consultation time with Dr Husna Razee/Dr Alexandra Gibson after you have completed an adequate amount of coding. The consultation offer is valid up 9 months from the date of the last training session.  The fee is non-refundable unless you withdraw your registration at least two days prior to session 1.

If you are required to make payment please do so HERE

If you would like to attend NVivo training please complete the NVivo Registration Form


Thesis Writing Workshop

A Thesis Writing Workshop is scheduled for Friday 28th July 2017. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Husna Razee and Dr Lois Meyer

Objective: Develop academic writing skills related to writing authoritatively and with critical engagement. While the main focus will be on writing a thesis, the generic skills covered in this workshop will be relevant and useful to those who plan to submit a thesis by publication.

Topics covered:

  • Writing the introduction
  • Writing authoritatively
  • Critical engagement with literature
  • Writing the literature review
  • Writing the Methodology
  • Writing the Results/Findings
  • Writing Discussions & Conclusions
  • Table of Contents and Different Formats for the thesis
  • Specific requirements for Thesis by Publication.
  • Specific requirements for FHL candidates

This workshop is open to HDR candidates enrolled in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. As this will involve working in small groups on activities that will help you to develop skills, the total number of participants are limited to 30. Decisions on who will be accepted will be on a first come first served basis. The workshop will also require bringing in a sample of your own writing that you are willing to share with your peers and have it critiqued from the point of view of critical thinking and academic writing skills. If you are at the early stage of your candidature and do not have any written work, that is not a problem.

If you are interested, please REGISTER HERE by 15th June 2017


Epi Info Software

Epi Info: The free statistics package. If you are using a UNSW-owned computer, you will need to log a request with the IT service desk for the software to be downloaded onto your computer. Tutorials for Epi Info are available.


Research Student Clinic

The Research Student Clinic will give you 30 minutes to discuss your project with a biostatistician.  This clinic is designed to give you general advice only. This advice could include suggestions on analysis techniques, software or other resources that may help you. It will be possible to have one follow-up clinic session of 30 minutes.  

To make a booking for the clinic please fill out the Research Student Clinic Form and email to