Your research journey will be marked by a number of milestones. With such a large project it is important to keep track of your progress to ensure that you can complete your journey in a timely manner.
The progress reporting system lets you track your progress over the past semester and plan for future milestones in your journey.
You and your supervisors are required to report on the progress of your research at the end of each semester. The progress report has three main purposes:
It is important to discuss with your supervisors any matters which could impede your progress or affect the quality of your research.
Research progress reports are normally completed online. In May (semester 1) and November (semester 2) an email will be sent to your student email account with a link to the research progress report form with instructions on how to complete it. There are three stages to the process:
If you have concerns that you’ve not been able to resolve with your supervisors, postgraduate coordinator, Head of School Associate Dean (Research and Higher Degrees) you'll be given an opportunity to send a confidential comment to the Dean of the Graduate Research School. This comment is only submitted directly to the Dean. It’s not kept with your progress report documentation.
The progress report grading system is outlined below:
If you experience difficulties accessing your student email or the form please contact the IT Service Desk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 08 6304 6000.
For other queries relating to progress reports, please contact Research Assessments. Email email@example.com or telephone 08 6304 3911.
An MP grade indicates that you’ve not made sufficient progress with your research and haven’t performed as expected. When you receive an MP grade, it is similar to being put on academic probation. You’ll be allowed to continue with your research, but will need to have a closely monitored program of study to bring you back on track. This will be laid out in a progress contract.
Don’t think of the MP grade as a reason to defer your studies – there are a number of options available to you. You can discuss these options with your supervisor, such as cutting back to part time or accessing support services. Any options you decide to take should be mentioned in your progress contract.
If you are a scholarship student, an MP grade will not affect your scholarship. You’ll still continue to receive your scholarship, so you can focus on addressing the issues that may have affected your performance without having financial difficulties.
However, if you’ve been allocated an MP during your candidature you’ll not be able to apply for a scholarship extension at the end of your scholarship period.
ECU’s Admission, Enrolment and Academic Progress Rules (Rule 27) outline the rules relating to marginal progress and progress contracts.
If you receive an MP grade, you’ll be required to complete a progress contract in consultation with your supervisors.
The contract should be completed within 2 weeks of receiving the grade. You, your principal supervisor and Associate Dean (Research) of the school need to sign off on the contract. If you decide to defer (intermit) your studies immediately after receiving an MP grade, you’ll still need to complete the contract within 2 weeks; the contract will come into effect when you return.
The progress contract serves as a guide to remind you of the agreed plan of study for the coming semester, as well as the support services available to you to ensure you get back on track. It should detail the following:
If you meet the milestones outlined in the progress contract within the agreed timeframes, you should receive a grade of SP in the next reporting period.
However, if you do not progress satisfactorily in the semester following the awarding of an MP grade, you’ll be awarded a grade of Undifferentiated Fail and be excluded from the course.
Note: this only applies to two consecutive MP grades received – if you receive an MP grade in one semester followed by an SP grade in the following semester, another MP grade received during the lifetime of your research degree will not mean automatic exclusion.
ECU offers a number of support services that you can access throughout your time as an HDR candidate. We encourage you to include these support services in your progress contract and continue accessing these services even after you have gone back on to a SP grade. These services include:
More information about support services is available on the Support services and resources web page.
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