Three major functions are fulfilled by the dissertation experience: As the student nears completion of the dissertation, and before scheduling the Final Examination, a reading copy of the dissertation must be submitted to the Dissertation/Advisory Committee at least two months prior to the scheduling of the Dissertation Defense.
The Final Examination or Dissertation Defense The Final Examination, or Dissertation Defense, consists of a formal and public seminar in which the student presents his/her research project and answers questions asked by the Dissertation/Advisory Committee and audience.
It should be brief (ten double spaced pages or less), consisting of a description of the research problem, the overall goals and specific aims, a survey of the relevant literature, and a specific outline of the research plan.
degree, each student, with the aid of his/her Mentor and Dissertation Committee, prepares a prospectus of the dissertation research program.
Although students may take preparatory coursework, this is not counted as part of the award (this is quite different to US universities).
Both a Ph D and a Masters by Research are awarded on the basis of a thesis alone.
If this time expires, another Final Examination must be scheduled.
The Dissertation can be received on the last day of the semester and the student will still graduate that same semester.
The candidate is responsible for arranging the day, date, time, and place of the Final Examination so that at least a quorum of the (5) committee members can attend.
The Graduate College has specific requirements that a student must fulfill.