Prepare handouts or power-points. Typically, they should include An overview or outline of your presentation, Introduction including research question, rationale and hypothesis, if any, and definition of key constructsMethod including design, methodology, sample, instruments or questionnaires, and procedure, Results including tables or figures summarizing your findingsand Discussion including reasons for new or unexpected findings, contributions and limitations, and practical implications.
Anthony Pina Active Member I have attended several dissertation defenses at three different universities. This is how they typically work: Introduction of the candidate and the panel made up of the members of the dissertation committee and other faculty and administrators who have expertise in research design and areas related to the dissertation topic.
Other visitors are sometimes introduced. Typically only university personnel and other graduate students are allowed to attend the defense. The candidate give a brief synopsis of the major sections of the dissertation Introduction, statement of the problems, major research questions, abbreviated literature review and methods for data collection and anlysis.
The candidate presents the major findings of the dissertation and states what the implications of the findings are, inlcuding recommendations for future study.
The candidate may be questioned about the choice of subjects, why he or she did or did not look at certain variables, or a host of other topics related to the study.
The purpose for the above is to determine how well the candidate is able to defend the purposes, rationale, methods and conclusion of the dissertaiton study before a panel of scholars hence the name "oral defense". In the dozen or so defenses that I have witnessed, I have never seen anyone "flunk" the defense although I have seen many that needed to go back and do some additional work before they were completely "passed.
If the candidate is successful, the faculty of the school awarding the degree confirm that the candidate is, indeed, a "doctor" i.
The oral defense is the culmination of doctoral studies and work in research doctoral programs.The Dissertation Oral Defense Posted on 8 February, by Jim Goes Most doctoral programs require a final, oral defense of the dissertation, and a successful defense is one of the last steps to completion of the doctorate.
After the oral defense, meet with your advisor for debriefing and seek advice on how to revise your thesis. Regardless of whether an Oral Defense is for the proposal or the complete dissertation, it is an examination.
It is also a chance for the committee to assess the doctoral student’s competency to continue or worthiness to graduate. Preparing for the Oral Defense of the Dissertation by Marianne Di Pierro For many doctoral students, the dissertation defense—the apex of doctoral study— resides in the distant future.
But without warning, students find themselves bracing for the final hurdle. Oral Defense of the Dissertation By Dr. Marilyn Simon Think of your doctoral defense as a collegial conversation with brilliant minds rather than as an inquisition. Prior to the oral defense, talk to your committee chair regarding areas of Oral Defense of Dissertation.
The Oral Defense Honors College | Path:oral-defense | The oral defense is required of all students who complete the thesis/project. The members of the committee are selected by the student and the faculty adviser. Names of the committee members must be submitted to the Honors College by the end of the first semester the student is registered for thesis .