The Dissertation, Thesis and Mentor 2018-03-26T14:52:27+00:00

The Doctoral Dissertation, Project, Masters Thesis and Mentor

The Doctoral Dissertation, Project and Masters Thesis

The doctoral dissertation, project or master’s thesis is to be undertaken with the objective of enhancing the candidate’s professional and personal status, as well as contributing to the area of knowledge in which the candidate is concentrating. The doctoral dissertation, project or the thesis may be a traditional research study, book, guide, video production, business plan, or any project that demonstrates quality graduate research.

IUGS advocates a dissertation, project or thesis which will benefit the candidate’s career path or the field in which the candidate is or plans to be involved.

(I) IUGS assessment criteria for dissertations

A – An appropriate objective of the study.

B – The ability of the candidate to integrate the material to meet the objectives of the study.

C – The depth and quality of the primary and/or secondary research.

D – The extent and depth of the bibliography.

E – The integration of citations to support the quality of the study.

(II) The number of persons on a dissertation committee
Three members are on the dissertation committee, the Dean, the mentor and one faculty member.

(III) The numbers of readers for each dissertation
Three members or more are readers, the Dean, the mentor and one to three faculty members.

The Doctoral Dissertation

The finished writing of the dissertation is typically 150 to 200 double-spaced pages which may include the bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. IUGS doctoral dissertations have varied in length between 117 and 380 double-spaced pages which included the bibliography, appendices, citations, and other relevant material. Each dissertation is unique and the length will depend upon the context of the problem, the research and design and the conclusion.

The Oral Dissertation Defence

The dissertation oral defence is divided into two parts. Part one lasts for approximately one hour. The candidate will summarize the dissertation. For the remaining time, the examiners will question the candidate on the research, the findings, the conclusion and any matters relevant to the dissertation. At the end of part one, the candidate will be requested to leave the room.

The examiners will discuss the quality of the candidate’s defence. The candidate will return to the room and be informed if he or she has passed. If there are further questions to be asked, the candidate will be required to take part two. If at the end of part II the candidate has not satisfied the examiners, he or she will have failed and must retake the oral defence at a later date.

The Oral Examination

The candidate will appear before a panel of experts, including the Dean, for the dissertation or project oral examination lasting one and one half to three hours. The University has determined that a superior approach to the traditional academic format is to have two or three candidates appear together. The result is a non-competitive atmosphere where examiners and candidates have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information. An environment eliminating the focus upon a sole candidate reduces stress and enables the examiners to better judge the qualifications of those seeking their degree.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISSERTATION & THESIS CANDIDATES

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The Doctoral and Master’s Project

The project and the required oral examination are constructed to test the candidate’s knowledge and competencies as a practitioner in his or her profession.

The candidates will discuss with the Dean their areas of interest. Books, journals and other material will be reviewed. The dissertation or project will be preceded by a preliminary and final outline. The final outline will be the basis for the written dissertation or project. For the doctoral candidates, the completion of the outline will complete the coursework for Research and Design I, II.

The object of the courses is to enhance the research and design abilities of the candidates. Both primary and secondary research techniques and competencies will be enhanced through the development of the project. The result of this research will be the foundation and the design for the project to be approved by the Dean.

The doctoral candidate will present to the Dean approximately one hundred fifty pages of double-spaced research which includes a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. After the research has been reviewed and accepted by the Dean, the research will be the basis for the questions to be asked at the oral examination.

The master’s candidate must complete Research I but are not required to have an oral defense. Master’s candidates will present to the Dean approximately seventy-five double-spaced pages which include a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. Master’s candidates are not required to have an oral defense or do Research & Design.

THE PROJECT GUIDELINES 

Research I  –  For Dissertation, Doctoral Project and Masters Thesis Candidates

The candidates will discuss with the Dean their areas of interest. Books, journals and other material will be reviewed. The dissertation or project will be preceded by a preliminary and final outline. The final outline will be the basis for the written dissertation or project. For the doctoral candidates, the completion of the outline will complete the coursework for Research and Design I, II.

The object of the courses is to enhance the research and design abilities of the candidates. Both primary and secondary research techniques and competencies will be enhanced through the development of the project. The result of this research will be the foundation and the design for the dissertation or project to be approved by the Dean.

The doctoral candidate will present to the Dean approximately one hundred fifty pages of double-spaced research which includes a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. After the research has been reviewed and accepted by the Dean, the research will be the basis for the questions to be asked at the oral examination.

The master’s candidate must complete Research I but are not required to have an oral defense. Master’s candidates will present to the Dean approximately seventy-five double-spaced pages which include a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. Master’s candidates are not required to have an oral defense or do Research & Design II.

Step 1. Begin working with the Dean to identify the topic you plan to address in your proposed study.  Submit an initial one or two-page outline with enough citations to substantiate the evidence for the basis for your proposed study. The Dean must approve your study’s general content, breadth, and depth.

Step 2. Obtain a mentor who has a relevant doctoral degree and can help you successfully complete your dissertation, doctoral project, or thesis. The mentor must submit his or her vitae for the Dean’s approval.  If you cannot identify an appropriate mentor, the Dean will identify one. The importance of the mentor cannot be over-stressed. The mentor’s relationship with you and their knowledge of the topic and research design are vital in producing a quality study. The mentor is to be the primary contact with the Dean as the dissertation, project or thesis progresses.

Step 3. Research I results in the development of a brief — typically four to five double-spaced page — annotated outline and initial bibliography for the dissertation, doctoral project, or masters thesis. You complete this brief summary, get it approved and signed by the mentor, and submit it to the Dean for approval. Masters candidates can, at this stage, begin writing their thesis or project.

Research II  – For Dissertation and Doctoral Project Candidates

Once Research I is approved, you advance to Research II.

Step 4. Research II results in a more complete annotated, integrated, outline and bibliography. It typically comprises ten to twenty double-spaced pages. This longer and more detailed document provides you the platform for a greater opportunity to complete a quality dissertation or doctoral project. This advanced outline and bibliography typically represents more than half of the total effort. In reality, the dissertation or doctoral project is not primarily a writing endeavor, but rather one of research and structure and of expanding the initial outline.

Step 5. Upon final review of your proposal, your Dean approves the final outline and bibliography. This fulfills completion of the courses Research I & II (twelve credit hours).

Step 6. You may now proceed to write your dissertation, doctoral project or masters thesis. During this phase, your primary interactions will be with your mentor. The Dean should be contacted only if major problems or questions arise.

Step 7. Email your final draft of your dissertation, doctoral project or thesis to your Dean for review and comments. Any changes or edits required will be made before the Dean’s final approval. The following specific guidelines will be followed.

Your outline and bibliography will expand as your research and literature review develop from your initial one or two-page proposal through Research I and finally, the completion of Research II and approval of your advancement to candidacy.

Your research and literature review should stimulate interaction between the growth of your bibliography and the growth and structure of the annotated outline.

Relevant page numbers from citations should be kept in separate notes to be used later in writing the study. The Social, Health, and Behavioural Health domains should use APA Style. Some short summary guidelines are available here. It is recommended, but not required, that other academic domains use Harvard Outline format.

The candidate’s research should stimulate interaction between the growth of the bibliography and the growth and structure of the detailed outline. All researched areas should be listed in the bibliography but not necessarily integrated into the outline.

Candidates will be required to have their dissertations, projects and theses screened by Turnitin, www.turnitin.com to show the independence of their work. All submitted dissertations, projects and theses are expected to have been submitted through spell and grammar-check. If necessary, work with a copyeditor.

The final submitted annotated integrative outline and bibliography may differ somewhat from the original outline and bibliography. Major changes, however, must be submitted to the Dean for approval.

The Master’s Thesis

The finished writing of the master’s theses is typically 75 to 100 pages. IUGS master’s thesis have varied in length between 52 and 156 double-spaced pages which included the bibliography, appendices, citations, and other relevant material. Each thesis is unique and the length will depend upon the context of the problem, the research and design and the conclusion.

IUGS advocates a  thesis which will benefit the candidate’s career path or the field in which the candidate is or plans to be involved.

(I) IUGS assessment criteria for a thesis.

A – An appropriate objective of the study.

B – The ability of the candidate to integrate the material to meet the objectives of the study.

C – The depth and quality of the primary and/or secondary research.

D – The extent and depth of the bibliography.

E – The integration of citations to support the quality of the study.

The master’s candidate must complete Research I but are not required to have an oral defense. Master’s candidates will present to the Dean approximately seventy-five double-spaced pages which include a bibliography, charts, graphs, appendices or any material relevant to the research. Master’s candidates are not required to have an oral defense or do Research & Design II.

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The Mentor

The candidate must employ a mentor. The mentor is to:

1. Interact with the Dean on behalf of the candidate;

2. Assist the candidate in Research and Design I & II.

3. Approve the candidate’s course content for Research and Design I & II.

4. Assist and stimulate the candidate in the development of the dissertation, project or the thesis;

5. Approve the final dissertation, project or thesis draft submitted to the Dean.

The candidate may select his or her mentor. If the candidate desires, a mentor will be assigned by the Dean. If the mentor is selected by the candidate, the mentor’s curriculum vitae must be submitted to the Dean for approval. Mentors are required to have a doctoral degree. The mentor should have the competency and motivation to assist the candidate in the completion of the dissertation, project or thesis.

GUIDELINES FOR MENTORS  – 2018

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