The Regulations for Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination,
Institute of Linguistics, National Chung Cheng University
I. The following regulations govern the process of the Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination for the fulfillments of Doctoral Degree in Institute of Linguistics (hereinafter referred to as the Institute) at the National Chung Cheng University (hereinafter referred to as the CCU). These regulations follow Articles 10 to 12 of the Ph.D. Student Curriculum Principles of the Institute.
II. There are two stages for Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination:
(1) Subject exam
(2) Examination of doctoral dissertation prospectus and dissertation oral defense
Doctoral students are required to submit a dissertation prospectus only after they pass the subject test.
III. Application time for Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination:
1. To apply for the subject exam, the first stage of Doctoral Candidate Qualifying Examination, students must submit a yearly transcript (all subject must be above 80) before October, 1 of the first semester and March, 1 of the second semester. The test should be held within three months after the application date.
2. Students are required to select two subject areas when applying for the subject exam. The examinee must submit the answering sheets in two weeks after receiving the exam questions.
3. The examinees are allowed to look up any references; however, he or she must not be involved in any act of plagiarism or discuss the content of the exam with anyone.
IV. The minimum passing mark in the examination of any subjects is 70 out of 100. An examinee is able to apply for a second round of subject exam if he/she receives a score under 70. The opportunity for taking a re-exam for any subject area is limited to only one time. The duration of the re-exam for an examinee to answer the exam questions is two weeks.
V. Any students who have passed the subject exam are allowed to apply for the exam of doctoral dissertation proposal and proposal defense. The exam of doctoral dissertation proposal and proposal defense must be held within one year after the date of passing the subject exam.
For application for the exam of doctoral dissertation proposal and proposal defense, students are required to submit the application for within two months after a semester begins. This stage of exam must be completed in the same semester.
VI. Students are able to submit a doctoral dissertation proposal to the Dissertation Guidance Committee with the approval of dissertation supervisor(s). Through an oral defense, the Committee will assess the examinee’s contents of dissertation proposal and the related background knowledge. The contents of a dissertation proposal should include: research questions, literature review, methodology, possible solution(s), possible contribution, reference and bibliography, etc. If an examinee fails to pass the dissertation proposal defense, he/ she can submit a second-round dissertation proposal exam only after next semester begins. The Committee is able to request the examinee to revise dissertation proposal as well as work on the back ground knowledge, e.g. taking a subject-related course, if necessary.
VII. A doctoral dissertation proposal defense must be completed within 2 hours in general. The minimum passing mark is 70 out of 100. An examinee is able to apply for a second round of subject exam if he/she receives a score under 70.
VIII. The rules and regulations stated in this document shall be administered after they are approved by Committee of Institute Affairs and Office of Academic Affairs. Any revision to this guideline must follow the same procedures.