V. Thesis Advising/Committee Membership

A graduate faculty is allowed to accept a maximum of five (5) advisees and seven (7) panel memberships in one year.

PROPOSAL DEFENSE GRADING CRITERIA (QUALITATIVE STUDY)

PRESENTATION (30%)

  1. The highlights of the problems, significance of the study, background literature, and methods were clearly and scholarly presented.  (15 points)
  2. The researcher answered all questions clearly, correctly and courteously. (10 points)
  3. The researcher appropriately used visual aids. (5 points)

CONTENT (40%)                                                                                                                                             

The Problem and its Background                                                                                  

  1. The background and rationale of the existing problem is presented both globally and locally (8 points)
  2. The problem is well stated by explaining the approach to solve the problem (5 points)
  3. The sub-problems are specific, clear, and unequivocal (5 points)

Review of Related  Literature

  1. The review of related, readings, studies, and literature is substantial and presents  concepts in a concise and logical flow of thought (5 points)
  2. The gaps in knowledge and research about the topic of interest are identified; thus justifies the need for the study to be conducted. (3 points)
  3. The terms used in the study are well defined (2 points)

Methodology                                                                                                          

  1. The researcher design is appropriate, fully described and explained in accordance with the scientific method of research. (5 ponits)
  2. The data gathering tools/strategies to be used, the criteria for selection of participants and data gathering procedures are well stated. (5 points)
  3. The assumptions, biases, and ethical issues are adequately discussed. (2 points)
  4. The tools and procedures for qualitative data analysis are well described.    

THE OVERALL (30%)                                                                                                                                   

  1. The subject is significant, timely, and of current issue. (5 points)
  2. The manuscript is well written with sound flow of thought, high readability. (12 points)
  3. The citations and references cited are consistent and follows the institutional and APA format. (10 points)
  4. Schedule of activities, line-item budget, and resume (CV) are well presented. (3 points)

POINTS                  PERCENT                                    G R A DE              

95 – 100                  98 – 100                  A             Excellent

89 – 94                    95 –  97                   A-            Very Satisfactory

83 – 88                    92 –  94                   B+           Satisfactory

77 – 82                    89 –  91                   B             Pass

71 -- 76                   86 –  88                   B-             Pass with major corrections

70 and below           85 and below           Failed

V.1. Guidelines in Choosing External Examiners

To give credibility to the defenses, particularly the final defense for Thesis/Dissertation, an external examiner is invited to sit with the panel.  The following are the guidelines in choosing External Examiners:

  1. Have an established reputation in the area of research, and must be able to judge objectively whether the Thesis/Dissertation would be acceptable in a university with a doctoral program in the same or similar field;
  2. Their academic and professional credentials are comparable to those of the candidate’s graduate faculty;
  3. Have had previous experience in the supervision and examination of students in the masters'/doctoral programs;
  4. Holds a doctoral degree or a degree in the same level which the student is pursuing;
  5. Holds a rank of full or associate professor or with a comparable expertise and standing;
  6. A person is disqualified to serve as an external examiner if, with respect to the candidate and adviser, he is:
    1. a friend or relative of the adviser or to the student who is defending
    2. a research collaborator and co-author within a year
    3. an institutional colleague within the past year or at present
    4. a present or former supervisor
    5. a person who offered future employment or mentorship to the candidate
    6. a former student for the past year
    7. have examined more than three (3) university research students within the same year

V.2. Thesis/Dissertation Advising Fee

  1. The payment for thesis/feasibility adviser and panel members is fixed. The student should pay the required amount to the Cashier before the oral defense and submits a photocopy of the said receipt to the CGS Director, together with the application for oral defense.

Proposal Defense

  • Master’s Degree (P)        P2,000    *P1,000 – adviser, *P500 – each member (2 members)
  • Doctoral Degree(P)         P2,500    *P1,000 – adviser, *P500 – each member (3 members)

Final Defense 

  • Master’s Degree (P)        P11,000    *P3,500 – adviser, *P1,500 – each member (2 members)

                                                                              + chair as member, *P3,000 – external examiner

  • Doctoral Degree(P)         P17,500    *P6,000 – adviser, *P2,000 – each member (3 members)

                                                                               + chair as member *P3,500 – external examiner

 

  1. The CGS Secretary withdraws and releases the payment to the adviser, the panel members and external examiners after the oral defense.

V.2.a Qualifications for Adviser

Master’s Thesis/FS

  1. Full time employee of Adventist University of the Philippines with at least a rank of Assistant Professor.
  2. Graduate faculty, preferably with doctoral degree, or Masters degree with doctoral units, whose program is academic/research and not a professional degree.
  3. A faculty member who has a graduate degree in the students’ discipline or has done considerable research in that area.
  4. May not be a member of the student’s discipline or related field, but has competence or expertise in the area of study.
  5. With published research output in the past five years/Track record in research.
  6. Has experienced being a panel member of a master’s Thesis/FS.

Doctoral Dissertation

  1. Full time employee of Adventist University of the Philippines with at least a rank of Associate Professor.
  2. Graduate faculty, with academic/research doctoral degree, and not a professional degree.
  3. A faculty member who has a graduate degree in the students’ discipline or has done considerable research in that area.
  4. May not be a member of the student’s discipline or related field but has competence or expertise in the area of study.
  5. With published research output in the past three years/track record in research.  Made presentations in an academic or scholarly conference.
  6. Has experienced being a panel member of a doctoral dissertation or scholarly conference.

V.2.b Qualifications for Panel Members

Master’s Thesis

  1. Full time or part time employee of Adventist University of the Philippines.
  2. With at least a master’s degree.
  3. Preferably a faculty member of the student’s discipline or related field.
  4. May not be a member of the student’s discipline or related field but has competence or expertise in the area of study.
  5. Has experienced being an adviser or panel member in the undergraduate program.

Doctoral Dissertation

  1. Full time or part time employee of Adventist University of the Philippines.
  2. With a doctoral degree.
  3. Preferably a faculty member of the student’s discipline or related field.
  4. May not be a member of the student’s discipline or related field but has competence or expertise in the area of study.
  5. Has experienced being an adviser or panel member in the master’s program.

V.3. Proposed Guidelines for Statistical Payment

The guidelines for statistical payment for thesis and dissertation are as follows:

  1. Statistical treatment fee for the thesis should be paid to the cashier’s office in the amount of P6,000 and P10,000 for dissertation.  Fifty percent of the amount should be paid prior to the proposed defense and the remaining balance, after the defense.
  2. Provide the URC a photocopy of the receipt.
  3. After the data have been treated, master students are entitled to a minimum of 6 hours consultations with the statistician, and 10 hours for the doctoral students.
  4. Students may opt to look for an statistician other than what the URC prescribes but they have to pay the amount of:
  • P3,200 for master’s thesis
  • P4,500 for dissertation
  1. Breakdown of payment:

                                                       Master’s Thesis      Doctoral Dissertation

               URC                                        P1,200                         P2,000

               Methodologist                           2,000                           2,500

               Statistician                                2,800                           5,500

               Total                                         6,000                         10,000