publication . Article . 2012

Exploring Factors Influencing the Success of Doctoral Students in Engineering

Azah Mohamed; Abdul Halim Ismail; Mohd Marzuki Mustaffa; Norhasanah Mohd;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Oct 2012 Journal: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (issn: 18770428, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Published by Elsevier Ltd.
AbstractThis paper reports on a survey conducted by the faculty on recent PhD engineering graduates of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, (UKM) concerning factors that lead to successful doctoral studies. Survey results show that 74.2% of the respondents rated their supervisors as being very helpful, 54.8% opined that working independently is crucial in achieving PhD success, 38.7% of the respondents expressed more than 40hours per week as time spent doing research during their PhD tenure. In addition, 87.1% of graduates indicated that readings on past and current literature were done every semester, 58.1% of respon...
free text keywords: PhD studies, Research effectiveness, Surveys, Research outcomes, Built environment, Pedagogy, Psychology, Doctoral studies
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