Summer 2023 - EASC 910 G100
PhD Candidacy Examination
Class Number: 1364
Delivery Method: In Person
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Prerequisites:Enrollment in PhD program.
Candidates must pass an oral examination to demonstrate their ability to carry out the proposed thesis research. The examination comprises an oral presentation of the proposed research to an open audience, followed by a closed oral examination by the examining committee. The examination is usually taken prior to the end of the fourth term of enrollment, or within one term after transferring from the MSc program. It may not be taken more than twice. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
TIMING: Students entering the program with a Master’s degree normally complete the examination within the 4th term of enrolment and must do so by the end of the 5th term. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree are permitted two additional terms, while those transferring from the MSc program must complete the examination by the end of the 2nd term of enrolment in the PhD program. Except under extenuating circumstances, failure to complete the exam within the required time frame will result in the student being withdrawn from the program. The objective of this timing is to ensure that students will have completed their required coursework and will have formulated a well-developed thesis proposal. Preparation for the candidacy exam, including the development of the written proposal, should require an effort similar to that of a graduate course.
1. Student and Supervisory Committee: Agree upon two or three subject areas of focus for examination several months before the examination date. Focus areas are intended to have an intermediate breadth. They may be, for example, topics that would be treated in part or all of an advanced course or textbook. The committee is encouraged to guide the student toward appropriate background materials (e.g. course notes, books, literature) to study in preparation for the exam.
- Fill out Part I of the Doctoral Candidacy Examination Form and obtain supervisor signature, deliver to Graduate Secretary and circulate to Examining Committee
- Provide the Examining Committee with a copy of the thesis proposal
- Provide the Graduate Secretary with a hard copy of the thesis proposal for display in the EASC General Office
- Create a poster for front door
- Send a reminder email to:
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Graduate Studies Notes:
Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.