TGGS Regulations for Examination

Regulations for Examination in the Master of Engineering Programs (REM) of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS) Version 2017

It is deemed necessary to revise the regulation of the master degree education of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (announced on 16 June 2011) in accordance with an announcement of the Ministry of Education entitled “Graduate Studies Program Standard Criteria 2015” along with the academic philosophy following the memorandum of understanding between King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok and RWTH Aachen University signed on 22 October 2004 (B.E. 2547) and 7 October 2015 (B.E. 2558).

By virtue of Articles 22(2) and (9) of the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok Act 2007 (B.E. 2550) and the Academic Council’s resolution on its 4/2017 meeting on 15 May 2017, the University Council on its 7/2017 meeting on 27 September 2017 thus established this regulation.

Item 1 This regulation is hereby entitled “the Regulation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok Concerning Master Degree Education (REM) of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS) 2017″

Item 2 This regulation is applied to all new students enrolled in semester 1/2017 onwards.

Item 3 “The Regulation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok Concerning Master Degree Education (REM) of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS) 2011″ signed on 16 June 2011 is no longer valid.

All existing regulations and notices that are found inconsistent with the provisions of this regulation shall be annulled and henceforth will be replaced by this regulation.

Item 4 This regulation has been drafted in Thai and English versions. In case of any discrepancies in the interpretation, the version of the regulation in Thai language shall prevail.

Item 5 This regulation is overseen by the President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok and the President has the authority to issue related regulations or announcements. 

In case of any diagnostics or discrepancies in the interpretation, the President has the sole authority in the interpretation and the decision.

Any procedures related to master degree education, but remain unstated, must be proposed to the University’s Academic Council for further consideration and then the University Council for the final approval.  

 Item 6 In this regulation,

“University” means King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.

“University Council” means the Council of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.

“Academic Council” means the Academic Council of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.

“President” means the President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.

“TGGS” means The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Dean” means the Dean of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Program” means all curricular graduate programs offered for the doctoral degree programs in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Department” means department or other equivalent sector which offers doctoral degree program in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Head of Department” means head of department or head of other equivalent sector in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Lecturer” means a lecturer in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“TGGS Committee” means a committee appointed to manage The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Program Coordinator” means the head of field of study in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering appointed by Dean with the approval from Administrative Committee of The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“Student” means the student in master degree program in The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering.

“External Expert” means individual outside The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering who has a high professional standing and has been approved as qualified to give a lecture or be an examiner according to The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering’s rules.

“Examination Committee” means TGGS Lecturers/Researchers or external person of high professional standing who has been approved as such by The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering and appointed by the Dean.

“Master thesis” means a written document reporting an independent study or a research project aiming to develop and construct the body of knowledge in a field of study, which is supervised by the thesis advisor and is a part of the degree requirements.

Section 1

Educational System

Item 7 Educational system

The educational system of the master degree program of the TGGS is an international program using English language as a medium of instruction.

Item 8 Educational management

The program is a two-semester system. The academic calendar consists of two regular semesters. Each regular semester is not less than 16 weeks, but not more than 18 weeks.

Item 9 Length of the program

(1) The study load has a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 10 semesters.

(2) Length of the program is counted from the semester in which a student once registers in the program.

Item 10 The program structure focuses on research according to the Master Study Program Plan A Model A2. The thesis module normally has a minimum of 12 credits and the coursework for additional 34 credits. 

Section 2

Student Admission

Item 11 Qualifications of an applicant

(1) An applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification by which the educational background in the field of the Master course is proven.   A relevant educational background exists if the degree accounts for a spectrum of subjects and knowledge pursuant to the standards of the German TU9 Group of Technical universities having their joint office in Berlin, Germany (RWTH Aachen, partner of TGGS, is one of those). (The Alliance of Leading Institutes of Technology in Germany 9 is abbreviated as TU9.) The degree must be awarded by an internationally recognized university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 from 4.00 scale or an equivalent GPA. 

An individual lacking a minimum GPA of 2.75 but more than 2.50 must have work experience in related field and may apply under the consent of the TGGS committee. 

(2) An applicant must have English language proficiency according to the rules of the TGGS.

(3) An applicant must have other qualifications as noted by the program or the TGGS.

Item 12 Criteria for admission

(1) An applicant must pass entrance examinations by any means requested and announced by the TGGS, or

(2) In exceptional circumstances, an applicant is selected in special cases for study under the consent of the department committee and the TGGS committee.

Item 13 Enrollment

(1) An applicant who accepted to study must enroll for credits in order to hold a student status.

(2) An applicant who accepted to study must enroll according the procedure announced by the TGGS.

(3) An applicant who accepted to study is not permitted to enroll in more than one program at the same time.

Section 3

Program Management

Item 14 Study plan

Study plan means the course work, the industrial internship and the master thesis that a student must study or complete in each semester as assigned by the program.

Item 15 Registration

(1) Registration must follow the academic calendar. A student who has not completed the registration process within 15 days after the beginning of the semester will no longer be considered as a student.

(2) A student is allowed to register for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 15 credits in each regular semester, except a student has less than 3 credits to complete the study program or only has the thesis work to be completed. 

Any registration with less than the allowed minimum credits or the allowed maximum credits as stated in (2) must receive the consent from the Head of Department and approval from the Dean.

(3) A student can register to maintain the student status in the summer semester if only has the thesis work to be completed for the last semester in order to fulfill the graduation requirement.

(4) Registration for Audit Course

a. Registration for Audit Course means that the audit course is a special and/or additional course which will not be counted toward the graduation requirement for the study program.

b. The course evaluation results will be recorded as “AUD” on the transcript if the student’s attendance is more than 80% of the entire lecture time.

(5) Maintaining student status

a. A student who has completed his/her course requirements and is working on other degree requirements that do not require enrollment in courses must nevertheless maintain his/her active student status for continued advising services until graduation, or terminated from their academic program.

b. To retain student status, a student must complete the registration process and pay the fees within 15 days after the semester begins. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in the termination of student status.

Item 16 Add or Withdraw Courses

(1) Add courses can be accomplished within 3 weeks after the semester begins or within the first week of the summer semester.

(2) Withdraw courses can be accomplished within 12 weeks after the semester begins or within the first two weeks of the summer semester.

(3) Add and withdraw courses stated in (1) and (2) must not violate the registration regulations and procedures stated in Item 15 (2) and (3).

(4) Any add and withdraw courses not according to (1), (2) and (3) must receive the consent from the Head of Department and approval from the Dean.

Item 17 Leave of absence

A leave of absence is a temporary interruption of one’s studies for a period of one or two semesters. A student wishing to make a leave of absence needs to maintain the student status.  

(1) A student may personally request for absence from the advisor and the head of department, and receive approval from the Dean within the period specified in the university announcement. It can be requested under the following conditions:

a. A leave of absence for military service for the duration of military service obligation.

b. A leave of absence due to study or conduct the research abroad with exchange scholarship or other scholarship.

c. Illness with absence for more than 20 percent of class attendance; a medical certificate is required.

d. Other personal reasons can be considered if a student has studied for at least one semester and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

(2) Leave in item (1)a. is granted according to the conditions and the requirements of the military. Leave in item (1)b. is granted according to the conditions and the requirements of the scholarship funding resources. Leaves in items (1)c. and (1)d. are granted for no longer than two consecutive semesters. If necessary, only one more semester of leave is granted.

(3)  When the leave of absence is granted, the duration of absence is counted as part of the maximum length of study except absence in item (1)a.

(4) Before the period of approved leave of absence, a student must retain student status by paying the fees within 15 days after the semester begins. The student must retain status when the leave is granted. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in termination of student status, except the absence in Item (1)a.

(5) After a period of approved leave, a student can resume studies by submitting the request to the Head of Department and with approval by the Dean at least one week prior the registration period begins.

(6) Special circumstances other than (1)-(5) shall be subjected to the consideration of the President.

 Item 18 End of student status

A student status is ended according to the following reasons:

(1) Death

(2) Approved resignation from the program

(3) Disqualifications for admission mentioned in Item 11

(4) As approved by the Dean, a student status can be terminated under any of the following reasons:

a. A student does not complete the program within the maximum period mentioned in Item 9.

b. A student does not register or does not pay the tuition fees within the deadlines.

c. A student does not follow the conditions specified for leave of absence.

d. A student does not follow the rules and guidelines mentioned in Section 7 Measurement and Evaluation. 

(5) Breach of discipline mentioned in Item 38.

Item 19 Resumption (Reinstatement) of student status

(1) A student who is terminated from reasons in Items 18(4)b can resume a student status within 15 days after being terminated.

(2) Resumption of student status must be approved by the Dean with the consent of the Head of Department.

(3) A student must pay the resumption fee, the maintenance fee and the tuition fees in order to resume studies.

(4) Once resumption of status is approved, a student officially regains status and resumes studies. However, the duration of study must be according to Item 9.

Item 20 Resignation

A student requesting a resignation from the program must submit the request to the Dean through the program coordinator or the main advisor and the Head of Department.

The resignation became effective with the Dean’s approval.

Item 21 Change of study plan, study program or study track

(1) A student may request to change the study plan, the study program or the study track in the same department with the consent of Head of Department and the approval from the Dean. 

(2) A student may request to change the study program in another department if he/she studies in the present department for at least one semester with the consent of Head of Department and the approval from the Dean.

(3) A student must pay the fee to change the study plan, the study program or the study track.

Section 5

Examination Process and Procedure for the Master Degree

Item 25 Scope and Format of Examination for the Master Degree

(1) Examination process includes the followings:

a. A number of examinations as listed in each program (the Curriculum).

b. An eighteen-week industrial internship or longer

c. The Master thesis as stated in Section 6

The examination must be taken on the examination date which immediately follow the lecture period of the respective semester, based on KMUTNB Academic Calendar.

(2) The examinations in program specific subjects consist of either a written test or an oral examination in the subjects or courses indicated in each specific master program (curriculum).

(3) The topics of the examinations are determined by the contents of the courses assigned to the subjects.

(4) The format of the examination (written as stated in Item 28 or oral as stated in Item 29) will be determined for each subject at the beginning of the registration period (Item 15)) and announced in the lectures.

Item 26 Admission to the examination process for the Master Degree

Only persons can be admitted to master examinations who are enrolled in the respective TGGS Master Program.

Item 27 Admission to the examination procedure for the Master Degree

(1) Chairman of examination board decides on admission to the Master examinations.

(2) Admission will be refused if:

a. the requirements listed in Item 26 are not fulfilled, or

b. the required documents are not completed, or

c. the examinee is already undergoing another examination procedure in this or procedure in this or in a comparable course of studies.

Item 28 Written Examinations

(1) In the test papers, the examinee has to prove that he/she is able to understand a problem posed and find a way to solve it, using the common methods of the subject, within a time limit and with limited auxiliary material.

(2) The examinee must be given the opportunity to inspect the marked test paper within, at the most, four weeks after publication of the test results.

(3) The time limit for completing written test papers is a minimum of one and a half hours for subjects with three hours per week of lecturing/ exercises.

Item 29 Oral Examinations

(1) In the oral examinations, the examinee has to prove that he/she sees the larger context of the tested subject and that he/she is able to deal with specific problems within this larger technical context. Additionally, the oral examinations are intended to find out whether the examinee has a broad basic knowledge.

(2) Oral examinations are held in the presence of at least one examiner and one competent assistant in the form of an examination of a group or an individual.

a. In group examinations, maximally four examinees can be questioned at the same time.

b. In a individual examination, each examinee is questioned in one subject by one examiner only.

(3) Before fixing the grade, the examiner must hear the other examiners or the assistant.

(4) The essential topics and results of the examination in the individual subjects must be written down in examination notes.

(5) The examination notes consists of questions, answers and other essential topics during the examination.

(6) The duration of an oral examination is generally 20-30 minutes per examinee.

Section 6

Measurement and Evaluation

Item 30 Measurement

Measurement of the study is considered from progress and success of research work assign in each semester together with outcomes of the qualifying, progress and defense examinations.

Item 31 Evaluation

Grading system used for educational evaluation based on defined accomplishment is presented as follows:

Assessment        Performance’s Quality

S                       Pass proficiency exam / Satisfactory

U                       Fail with inadequate achievement / Unsatisfactory

Ip                      Incomplete thesis work / In-progress

Item 32 Evaluation of Doctoral Qualifying Examination, Doctoral Thesis Progress Examination and Doctoral Thesis Defense Examination

“Pass” refers that the student has outstanding knowledge to conduct the research in their academic area together with the ability to analyze and apply their knowledge in a wider context. The student is allowed to take the proposal, progress and defense examinations. The student is expected to answer questions in the manner indicates his/her comprehensive knowledge in the field of research.

“Fail” refers that the student does not have sufficient knowledge and competence in research work.  His/her abilities do not meet minimum requirements. Therefore, the student is not allowed to submit a request for the proposal, progress and defense examinations. It means that the student does not have sufficient understanding of the research he/she has studied so the student has to prepare more to retake the exam and make an effective presentation.

Item 33 The result of defense examination will be recorded on the student’s transcript when he/she graduates. The quality of the dissertation is defined as follows:

Excellent (Summa Cum Laude)

Very good (Magna Cum Laude)

Good (Cum Laude)

Satisfactory (Rite)

Section 7

Graduation and Degree Approval

Item 34 A student who is eligible to graduate must complete the following requirements.

1. Pass the Doctoral Thesis Defense Examination

2. Complete dissertation, in compliance with submission guidelines in item 27, and approved by the TGGS Dean

3. Pass English Proficiency Examination with score according to the TGGS Regulation and Announcement

4. Publish (or acceptance to be publish) the entire or part(s) of the dissertation in an international academic journal or other accepted academic publications as stated in the TGGS Regulation and Announcement

Item 35 Degree Approval

To be qualified for a degree, a student must meet the requirements as stated in the item 34.  The student must be cleared of any outstanding academic debts in relation to his/her studies. Besides, the student must be free from any disciplinary actions imposed upon his/her out of disciplinary punishment, except in the case of petty offences according to the university disciplinary regulation.

Item 36 The incidents of academic dishonesty and plagiarism will be submitted by the advisor and the head of department to the dean.  The dean will form the investigation committee and the outcomes of this investigation will be report to TGGS committee for consideration. If the student is found guilty, the student will get the penalties as follows:

1. If the student is not completed with the study, his/her student status will be terminated.

2. If the degree is granted, the committee will report to the university council for degree revocation.

Section 8

Quality Accreditation and Assessment of the Curriculum

Item 37 All current doctoral degree programs of TGGS are under the quality accreditation according to the Ministry of Education’s Qualifications Framework for Higher Education 2009 (B.E. 2552). The assessment for revision must be conducted at least every 5 years.

Section 9

Temporary Provision

Item 38 This regulation will apply to TGGS students who are pursuing their degree and enrolled at the university prior semester 1/ 2013 and have not graduated, except that the former issues are more advantageous still remains effective.

 

Announced on August 14, 2013.

 

Prof. Dr. Kasem Suwannagul

Chairman, KMUTNB Council