In my 3++ years here down-under and tutoring in ECU, I have never helped invigilate/proctor an examination before. But here I am in a room with a student, helping to invigilate/proctor an exam for him. So while I am keeping one eye on him (there is only one student – so one eye), my thoughts (mentally) went to this post.
Being a research student, there are no exams. Zero, zilch, nada.
For the whole PhD (at least here in Australia and in ECU), there are 2 events or milestones for a higher degree research student (HDR) that can be considered the closest to being an exam. The first is the proposal of your thesis topic which is vital to be formally recognised as PhD Candidate (prior to it, you are known generally as a post-graduate student or just PhD student). The second is the dissertation itself, where upon passing this “exam”, you will then be considered as completing the doctoral studies.
Although beginning this year, from what I have heard and read, newly enrolled PhD students in ECU will have to also complete an oral defence (similiar to the proposal), but I am not sure the weightage of this defence to the whole PhD. Previous candidates like myself have the option to volunteer for the oral viva, if not we will be examined as before. Wonder if I should opt to do oral defence.
What do you think? Should I? or should I NOT?
The Eternal Student – “Always Learning, Always Growing”