THESIS/DISSERTATION CONDITIONAL GRADING GUIDELINES: NOLONGER A MISSING PIECE AT THE SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES WEBSITE.
The School of Postgraduate, Graduate Studies and Research (SPGSR)congratulates the two students who have successfully defended their theses. As the defence of Master Thesis keeps rolling at SPGSR, all the graduating students must know the thesis grading conditions and guidelines. SPGSR team is glad to publish its Thesis/Dissertation Grading Guidelines (T/DGGs).If we want to be a successful university/institution in the 21st C, we must make sure we empower our students and faculty so that they can be better than we are. Only then, can theyperform their activities and responsibilities not like other institutions do but in differently smarter ways in order to achieve extremely tangible results.The socio-political and economic future of any country’s students depends on its teachers. The SPGSR equips her students with strategic skills to prepare them to address practical problems of society. Research is particularly the most valuable tool through which SPGSR uses to enhance capacity of students for them to fit in the faster technologically changing world and be able to contribute to an ideal world admired by everyone. SPGSR believes Somaliland Institutions cannot address development challenges of the 21st Century without evidence supported policies. Here below are our T/DGGs which every graduating students and university faculty is required to take seriously.
TO ALL GRADUATING MASTER STUDENTS 2016-17
On this paper is the criteria for grading the Master thesis/dissertation as designed in the School of Postgraduate, Graduate Studies and Research (SPGSR) policy. For any Master student to excel in this exam, he or she must have fulfilled the following criteria:
1. The Master Candidates must have studied a Research Methods Course, examined and passed before they start on the Thesis Proposal and later the Final Theis/Dissertation. No student will qualify to write the latter without studying Research Methods.There are no short-cuts at SPGSR.
2. The candidate must have gone through all the stages of research including submission of the research topic to the research coordinator, written a research proposal and submitted it the designated time, collected data and analysed it under the supervision of the assigned supervisor. Please remember that the business of bringing a complete dissertation from anywhere and at the last minute when other students are going to defend their books should there be any one of you, who plans or could have done so, is not acceptable at SPGSR.
3. Students must have submitted a complete research proposal on approval by the assigned supervisor.
4. No student is allowed to assign him/herself a supervisor. We had one case in 2015 Master Research. The student was disappointed when his preferred supervisor failed to do his role.
5. Any request for change of supervisor should be put in writing by the student specifying reasons and addressed to the research coordination office which shall in turn take the necessary steps to address the matter. Also, supervisors declining supervision of a particular student(s) should put in writing specifying grounds upon which the request is advanced.
6. Empowering the Research Office: No influence shall be imposed on research coordination office external to the conditions specified in the research policy.
7. The candidate must have fully completed his thesis/dissertation/project.
8. Students’ dissertations must not be approved for graduation if they did not write and submitted the research proposal.
9. Must have followed the structure of the thesis/dissertation as required in the GU research guidelines although there can be room for flexibility based formally agreed upon modalities.
10. Must have acknowledged sources appropriately (it doesn’t matter which referencing style the candidate uses so long as he or she keeps the consistency through the whole dissertation).
11. Must have all their acknowledged sources in the text reflected in the reference page at the end of the last chapter in the dissertation/thesis.
12. Must have critiqued published or any other recommended information in both of his/her chapters more especially in introduction, literature review, methodology and interpretation/analysis of data. Your readers would like to see how you make use of the ideas of previous researchers or opinions of other people and combine them with your own.
13. Must have communicated well in the appropriate tenses. This is the reason why studying English language is compulsory at GU.
14. Must have appropriate page numbering through the whole thesis/dissertation
15. Must defend his/her dissertation within the deadline set by the graduate school.
16. Must adhere to the comments set by the panellists in the work they defend.
17. Must submit a final document (both hard and soft copies) to the research coordinator.
18. Final grade of the dissertation has to be issued on the very day of defence and must depend on the quality of the student’s dissertation evaluated by the panellists at the time. As soon as the defence is done, there must not be any other additions/subtractions in the grades.
19. Must not be a victim of plagiarism (this is an unforgivable sin). The school of graduate studies does not tolerate the business of uplifting information from UK or American journals etc. and put them in your dissertation/theses as your own. How can we publish someone else’s work? It would jeopardise our careers as academicians. Please avoid plagiarism.
Students who have not fulfilled any or all of the above requirements must not be approved for defence and graduation.
SPGSR Coordination Office
Gollis University-Hargeisa, Somaliland