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Project or Research Requirements

Project or Research Requirements

1. Independent Study 

Students who formerly studied in other institutions may have their courses and credits transferred to their current programs in accordance with the Commission on Higher Education’s Criteria of Degree Transfer B.E. 2545. Cross-university registration can be done whereby AU allows students of other programs recognized by the Commission on Higher Education to register for courses at AU.

1.1 Brief Description of Task 

This is a student-initiated course. Students are required to work on an independent basis with the guidance of a faculty advisor. This gives students the opportunity to pursue advanced research on a specific topic.

1.2 Standard Learning Outcomes

  1. Able to conduct research and write academic research report
  2. Able to apply the right research methodology

1.3 Scheduling

     Second Semester of the Second Year of Study

1.4 Number of Credits

     6 Credits

1.5 Preparation

  1. Students are required to complete at least 24 credits of Core Courses before doing the Independent Study.
  2. An advisor is assigned to the student after the topic has been approved by the Program Director.
  3. The advisor gives guidance about the nature of research and standards expected, the choice of research topic, the planning of the research program and relevant literature and resources.

1.6 Evaluation Process

The Final Defense normally consists of the defense of the student’s Independent Study to the examination committee. The decision on grading is based on the majority voting principle. The examination committee deliberates as to the following recommendations:

  1. Student be awarded the passing grade without further modification in the Independent Study.
  2. Student be awarded the passing grade subject to modifications in the Independent Study to the Advisor/Program Director/ Examination Committee’s satisfaction.
  3. Student not yet be awarded the passing grade but permitted to re-submit the Independent Study in a revised form.
  4. Student be awarded the failing grade and required to re-register the course.

2. Thesis

Brief Description of Task 

The thesis involves formulating an original idea or area of inquiry which is either quantitative (e.g. typically involves either an empirically based, provable hypotheses) or qualitative (e.g. includes explorative outcomes, along with data collection and analysis). 

2.1 Standard Learning Outcomes

  1. Able to explore a new field or area in business
  2. Able to make a substantial contribution to available literature
  3. (3) Able to apply the right research methodology

2.2 Scheduling 

     First Semester of the Second Year of Study

2.3 Number of Credits

     12 Credits

2.4 Preparation

  1. Students are required to complete all Core Courses before doing the thesis.
  2. An advisor is assigned to the student after the topic has been approved by the Program Director.
  3. The advisor gives guidance about the nature of research and standards expected, the choice of research topic, the planning of the research and relevant literature and resources.

2.5 Evaluation Process

The Final Defense normally consists of the defense of the student’s Thesis to the examination committee. The decision on grading is based on the majority voting principle. The examination committee deliberates as to the following recommendations:

  1. Student be awarded the degree without further modification in the Thesis.
  2. Student be awarded the degree subject to modifications in the Thesis to the
  3. Advisor /Program Director/ Examination Committee’s satisfaction.
  4. Student not yet be awarded the degree but permitted to re-submit the Thesis in a revised form.
  5. Student not be awarded the degree and required to reapply.

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