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Confirmation

Progress Review

Confirmation:

Monash University Accident Research Centre

For the research master's program a budget is required for the research project. Please contact MUARC for additional requirements.

Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

Prior to presenting for confirmation, candidates enrolled in the Master of Fine Art should have successfully completed ADM5001 and ADM5002. Candidates enrolled in the Master of Design (by Research) should have successfully completed MDS5031 and MDS5022.

At no later than 9 months of candidature candidates will be required to present a 20-minute oral presentation outlining their research to date.

The presentation will be supported by documentation to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned progress review date. Documentation includes:

  1. 1000 word summary report including –
    • discussion of the research question;
    • brief report on progress of research;
    • a project plan;
    • timeline to completion.
  2. Draft chapter of exegesis (2500 word for MFA/MDes, 3000 word for MA);
  3. Images of studio work (MFA/MDes only).

Transfers to PhD

An intention to transfer application must be made to the Faculty Graduate Research Office with supporting statement from supervisor prior to proceeding with the transfer.

  1. A 20-minute oral presentation outlining their research to date
  2. 1500 word progress summary report including -
    • justification of expanded scope of PhD project
    • discussion of research question;
    • report on progress of the research;
    • an updated project plan;
    • timeline to completion as a PhD;
  3. Draft exegesis chapter (3000 word for MFA/MDes, 5000 word for MA)
  4. Images of studio work (MFA/MDes only).

Faculty of Arts

See requirements for confirmation milestones for Arts.

Faculty of Business and Economics

MPhil

  • Level  5000 coursework units to be satisfactorily completed, prior to confirmation.

Transfers to PhD
Students must satisfy the coursework requirements for the PhD, for their discipline, prior to transfer. Students must also submit a report of 3,000 – 5,000 words hat provides a statement of the research problem and procedure for each research phase (if applicable).

Faculty of Education

Master of Education (3204)

Oral Presentation

Maximum 20 minutes duration at milestone seminar (or equivalent), including: project background and scope, aims, theory, methodology and study design.

Written Submission

Submission of 7,000 words including:

  • cover page and table of contents
  • statement of research problem/s. This may include:
  • introduction
  • research questions or hypothesis
  • significance/expected outcomes of the study
  • literature review of relevant research
  • theoretical framework
  • methodology. This may include:
  • research design
  • analytical techniques, methods
  • ethical considerations
  • timeline for project completion/statement of progress to date
  • proposed project structure (e.g., draft chapter outline, draft project phase)
  • reference list
  • glossary of terms (if deemed necessary)
  • evidence of progress in two coursework units as per course requirements (unless exempted).

Students must submit their written work to the panel at least one week prior to the presentation.

Note: students intending to prepare and submit a thesis including published works should include demonstration of, or a statement of progress towards such publications in the written submission.

Faculty of Engineering

Generic requirements

A minimum 20-minute oral presentation at a departmental seminar and/or viva voce is required. Members of the review panel should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the research undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the research program.
A progress report and publication list (if applicable) should be submitted by the student at least one week prior to the presentation. A suggested format for the report is as follows:

  • title of research report/thesis
  • statement of the research problem(s)
    (i) introduction
    (ii) research question or hypothesis
    (iii) subsidiary questions
    (iv) review of relevant research and theory
  • procedure
    (i) theoretical and conceptual framework
    (ii) analytical techniques and research design
  • timetable for completing the research report/thesis and a  detailed statement of progress to date
  • brief bibliography
  • list of publications produced during  probationary enrolment (if applicable).

In addition to the generic  requirements, the Faculty of Engineering has specific written requirements in  relation to confirmation:

Master of Engineering Science  (Research)

  • Progress report of  5,000 words.

Transfers to PhD
Progress  report of 5,000 – 7,500 words.

Faculty of Information Technology

Generic requirements

A minimum 20-minute oral presentation at a  departmental seminar and/or viva voce is required. Members of the review panel  should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the research  undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the research  program.
A progress report and publication list (if applicable) should be submitted by  the student at least one week prior to the presentation. A suggested format for  the report is as follows:

  • title of research  report/thesis
  • statement of the research  problem(s)
    (i) introduction
    (ii) research question or hypothesis
    (iii) subsidiary questions
    (iv) review of relevant research and theory
  • procedure
    (i) theoretical and conceptual framework
    (ii) analytical techniques and research design
  • timetable for completing  the research report/thesis and a detailed statement of progress to date
  • brief bibliography
  • list of publications  produced during probationary enrolment (if applicable).

The progress report should be a minimum of  1000 words.
Please note that the  following requirements for students applying to transfer to PhD:

  • Progress report of 7,000 – 10,000  words in the form of a progress report combined with a proposal for future  research.

Faculty of Law

Generic  requirements

A minimum 20-minute oral presentation at a  departmental seminar and/or viva voce is required. Members of the review panel  should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the research  undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the research  program.

The  Faculty of Law has specific written requirements in relation to confirmation:

MPhil

  • A progress report of at least 1000 words plus an example of the  student's written work of up to 5000 words, which can be negotiated with the supervisor.  A chapter from the thesis is preferable.

Transfers  to PhD

  • A progress report of at least 1,000  words, plus two solid draft chapters of minimum combined word length of at  least 10,000 words, negotiated with the supervisor.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Please click here for requirements.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

By  8 months students will be expected to have made progress in the research  project, to have an in-depth knowledge of the literature in their field, and to  have developed a research plan that is a road-map for their thesis project. In  order to demonstrate this progress, students will prepare two documents.

Research  Plan. The  research plan is a road map for the entire thesis project. It should include:  (a) project abstract (250 word summary in lay language); (b) literature review  that summarizes existing knowledge and identifies knowledge gaps that will be  addressed; (c) statement of hypotheses and specific aims; (d) experimental  design and methods of planned experiments, including statistical methods and a  timeline for the proposed work; (e) discussion of expected outcomes,  anticipated problems and alternative strategies; and (f) bibliography.

Progress  Report. The Progress Report should include: (a) results and discussion for the work to  date including details of any problems encountered (b) immediate conclusions  and future directions and (c) materials and methods/experimental.
Both  documents should be single spaced, Times Roman 12 point font, A4 paper, with 2  cm margins. The Research Plan (sections a-e) and Progress Report (sections a-b)  should both not exceed 10 pages, including figures. The documents should be  submitted to all Panel members one week before the meeting (PDF or Word  documents).
For  candidates from students enrolled in The Centre for Medicine Use and Safety  (CMUS), the reports should be combined, but will be no more than 30 typewritten  pages or 8,000 – 10,000 words, exclusive of the timeline and the list of  references).

The Panel Meeting  will follow the typical format outlined in point 4 (above): a 20-30 min  presentation by the student of their Progress Report and Research Plan,  followed by a discussion with the Panel about the presentation. The Panel will  evaluate the student's understanding of their specific project and their general  knowledge of their field of research. The panel's recommendations should focus  on areas to be addressed for Confirmation of Enrolment.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science  requires all graduate research students to complete an Initial Project Review in the first 3-6 months of enrolment. The initial project review is the first formal review of a graduate research student's academic performance to ensure that the student is on track and focused from the very  beginning of their candidature. It is also a great opportunity for the candidate and their supervisory team to  receive feedback from the student review panel on the project design, progress-to-date and general research direction. Students are required to submit a brief Research Plan including a preliminary literature review.

Please note that students are required to complete the  following prior to confirmation:

- Faculty of Science Induction
- Faculty of Science Initial Project Review

FACULTY SPECIFIC CONFIRMATION REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be completed as part of the  confirmation process:

* Oral presentation (20-30  minutes) at a seminar in the presence of the Student Review Panel

* Written progress report (1000-2000  words) (the word length is a guide only – shorter length reports written to the satisfaction of the Student Review Panel is acceptable.)

Please refer to your School Specific Requirements in the Faculty of Science Graduate Research Moodle Page for further information. (NOTE: the Moodle site can only be accessed by currently enrolled students. If you are a current student and unable to open these links, please contact your School Graduate Research Administrative Officer).

A suggested format for the report is as follows:

Title of research report/thesis

Statement of the research problem(s)
i ) research question or hypothesis
ii) review of relevant research and theory

Scientific Methodology
i) theoretical and conceptual framework
ii) analytical techniques and research design

Detailed statement of progress to date

i) summary of key research activities and outcomes
ii) list of any publications generated from your research to-date
iii) summary of any change in research direction (if applicable)

Anticipated Progress in Next 12 Months
i) brief timetable of planned research activities
ii) resources required to achieve these outcomes

Brief bibliography
* Student to provide a written summary statement of achievement against the Milestone Review Panel recommendations from the Initial Project Review meeting (where applicable).
* Interview with the Milestone Review Panel where formal written feedback and recommendations to be provided to the student.

Progress Review

Monash University Accident Research Centre

Please contact MUARC for requirements.

Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture

At approximately 16 months of enrolment Master's students will be will be required to present a 20-minute oral presentation outlining their research to date.

The presentation will be supported by documentation to be submitted at least 10 days prior to the planned progress review date. Documentation includes:

  1. 1000 word summary report including –
    • progress of research since Confirmation;
    • revised project plan including overview of work remaining to submission;
    • updated timeline to completion;
  2. Chapter outline of exegesis
  3. Draft exegesis chapter (2500 words for MFA/MDes, 3000 words for MA) distinct from that presented for Confirmation
  4. Draft Examination Exhibition plan and images of studio work (MFA/MDes).

Faculty of Arts

See requirements for confirmation milestones for Arts.

Faculty of Business and Economics

Students are to refer  to their academic unit's Graduate Research Program Handbook for more information. (If you do not have a copy of this  document, please contact your graduate research  administrator).

Faculty of Education

    Master of Education (3204)

    Oral Presentation

    Maximum 20 minutes duration at milestone seminar, describing project in detail.

    Written Submission

  • Progress report of 1,500-2,000 words including:
    • contextualising statement or draft abstract
    • response to previous panel comments and suggestions
    • detailed chapter outlines
    • detailed timeline for completion
  • One complete draft chapter of thesis (approx. 7,000 words) demonstrating significant research, for example: literature review, philosophical chapter, methodology or findings/results chapter.
  • Students must submit their written work to the panel at least one week prior to the presentation.

    Note: students intending to prepare and submit a thesis including published works should include demonstration of, or a statement of progress towards such publications in the written submission.

Faculty of Engineering

Please contact the faculty for requirements.

Faculty of Information Technology

Please contact the faculty for requirements.

Faculty of Law

Please contact the faculty for requirements.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Please click here for requirements.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Oral Presentation.A minimum 20-minute  oral presentation at a theme/centre seminar is required. Members of the review  panel should be in attendance. The oral presentation should explore the  research undertaken to date and the anticipated future directions of the  research program.

16 month Report. Students will prepare a progress report update that  includes:

a)  progress  report update that summarizes progress made since the 8 month milestone (3,000  words); and
b)  one of  the following: (i) a published paper (preferred); (ii) a submitted manuscript;  or (iii) a draft thesis chapter containing the candidate's results.

The document should be submitted  to all Panel members one week before the meeting (PDF or Word documents). The  Panel meeting will be run in the following way:

  • The Panel Chair will run the meetings. Typical meetings will be for 1 hr and should follow the format prescribed below.
  • The student will make an initial presentation, usually with slides.
  • The Panel will engage in a discussion with the candidate about their presentation and written documents they have prepared. The discussion will include assessment of the candidate's general knowledge of their field.
  • The Panel will review the student's fulfilment of the Skills Training Program.
  • The supervisors will leave so that the Panel can discuss with the student, in confidence, any matters of concern to the enrolment.
  • The supervisors will return and the student will leave for any further discussion.
  • The student will return and be informed of the outcome of the meeting, which will also be communicated by the appropriate       Milestone Report Form.

The  Panel will evaluate the candidate's understanding of their  specific project and their general knowledge of their field of research. The  Panel should focus advice to the candidate on planning the final 8 months of  research to allow for preparation of a well-structured thesis.

Faculty of Science

The following requirements must be completed as part of the  progress review process:

* Oral presentation (20-30  minutes) at a seminar in the presence of the Student Review Panel
* Written paper which demonstrates progress by the student since Confirmation. This may be a published journal or conference paper, a draft thesis chapter or a prepared paper of a length appropriate to the discipline.
* Timeline outlining future actions towards completion and planned date of thesis submission as agreed to by the supervisory team (max. 500 words)
* Student to provide a written summary statement of achievement against the Milestone  Review Panel recommendations from the previous milestone review (where applicable).
* Interview with the Milestone Review Panel where formal written feedback and  recommendations to be provided to the student.

Please refer to your School Specific Requirements in the Faculty of Science Graduate Research Moodle Page for further information. (NOTE: the Moodle site can only be accessed by currently enrolled students. If you are a current student and unable to open these links, please contact your School Graduate Research Administrative Officer).

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