Doctor of Industries and Professions

Why study the Doctor of Industries and Professions at UNE?

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The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The University Doctor of Industries/Professions Rules provide the framework for one of the University's highest level awards. They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its international and domestic candidates.

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DURATION

3 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Research Training Scheme

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Not Offered, Off Campus
Not Offered, On Campus

Official Abbreviation ProfD
Course Type Postgraduate Research
CRICOS Code 084916E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Not Offered Off Campus
Armidale Not Offered On Campus
Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Research Training Scheme
Total Credit Points 144
Entry Requirements

1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Doctor of Industries and Professions may be approved by the Committee only when the Head of School has:

(a) confirmed that the candidate has fulfilled both the (i) and (ii) industry/profession requirements:

(ia) hold the degree of Master (AQF Level 9), provided that the applicant has shown potential for research demonstrated by a research project or resulting dissertation/thesis comprising typically 25% or more of the Master's program; or

(ib) hold the degree of Bachelor (AQF Level 8) with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours in the First Division; or equivalent; or

(ic) hold another degree at AQF Level 8 or AQF Level 9 plus subsequent qualifications and/or relevant research experience that are deemed by the ProfD Coordinator to satisfy the academic requirements for candidature; or

(id) hold similar qualification(s) acceptable to the University from other institution(s). Such qualifications must be of the standard of Australian or British universities in the University's judgement and equivalent to AQF Level 8 or above;

(iia) have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in an industry or profession; and

(iib) wherever possible, but mandatory in cases where criteria (a)(ia) has not been met, demonstrate he/she has successfully undertaken prior contextualised research activity in a relevant profession/industry at the equivalent of Masters level. Such demonstrated prior contextualised research could include previous:

- research surrounding the development and implementation of new knowledge;

- policy research;

- market research;

- research association with commercialisation activities;

- action research;

- workplace evaluations;

- evaluation of new knowledge and/or innovation adoption;

- change management, monitoring and evaluation; and/or

- any other evidence of research and development capacity deemed sufficient and relevant by the ProfD Coordinator.

(b) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed ProfD program are available;

(c) certified that the candidate has, prior to admission, identified a relevant industry/profession mentor who is willing and able to commit to advising the candidate in conjunction with the candidate's UNE supervisors, on their ProfD research;

(d) certified that the candidate has, prior to admission, sought a formal letter of support from their organisation or workplace supporting their candidature in the ProfD;

(e) certified that the candidate has submitted to the ProfD Coordinator, in addition to the normal application for candidature, a Portfolio Project Prospectus which will be used to judge the suitability of the proposed project and to help identify possible UNE supervisors; and

(f) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 4.

2. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing may be granted, by the ProfD Coordinator on the recommendation of the Principal Supervisor, for a maximum of one unit passed at a university, provided that unit:

(a) is of equivalent standard to the units offered by the ProfD program; and

(b) is appropriate to the candidate's ProfD program.

Only under exceptional circumstances shall advanced standing be granted for the advanced research methodology unit (PROF698).

Advanced standing may be granted for a unit passed elsewhere after admission to candidature provided that the candidate has previously obtained the permission of the ProfD Coordinator to enrol in such a unit.

Academic Colours

Corn Husk (BCC 142)

Further Information

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1. Admission to Candidature

1.1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Doctor of Industries and Professions may be approved by the Committee only when the Head of School has:
(a) confirmed that the candidate has fulfilled both the (i) academic and (ii) industry/profession requirements:

(ia) hold the degree of Master (AQF level 9), provided that the applicant has shown potential for research demonstrated by a research project or resulting dissertation/thesis comprising typically 25% or more of the Master’s program; or
(ib) hold the degree of Bachelor (AQF Level 8) with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours in the First Division; or equivalent; or
(ic) hold another degree at AQF Level 8 or AQF Level 9 plus subsequent qualifications and/or relevant research experience that are deemed by the ProfD Coordinator to satisfy the academic requirements for candidature; or
(id) hold similar qualification(s) acceptable to the University from other institution(s). Such qualifications must be of the standard of Australian or British universities in the University’s judgement and equivalent to AQF Level 8 or above.

(iia) have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in an industry or profession; and
(iib) wherever possible, but mandatory in cases where criteria 1.1.(a)(ia) has not been met, demonstrate he/she has successfully undertaken prior contextualised research activity in a relevant profession/industry at the equivalent of Masters level. Such demonstrated prior contextualised research could include previous:

  • research surrounding the development and implementation of new knowledge;
  • policy research;
  • market research;
  • research association with commercialisation activities;
  • action research;
  • workplace evaluations;
  • evaluation of new knowledge and/or innovation adoption;
  • change management, monitoring and evaluation; and/or
  • any other evidence of research and development capacity deemed sufficient and relevant by the ProfD Coordinator.

(b) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed ProfD program are available;
(c) certified that the candidate has, prior to admission, identified a relevant industry/profession mentor who is willing and able to commit to advising the candidate, in conjunction with the candidate’s UNE supervisors, on their ProfD research;
(d) certified that the candidate has, prior to admission, sought a formal letter of support from their organisation or workplace supporting their candidature in the ProfD;
(e) certified that the candidate has submitted to the ProfD Coordinator, in addition to the normal application for candidature, a Portfolio Project Prospectus which will be used to judge the suitability of the proposed project and to help identify possible UNE supervisors; and
(f) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 4.

1.2. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

2. Period of Candidature

2.1. The minimum period of candidature is three years full-time (six years for part-time candidature), unless otherwise approved by the Committee.
2.2. The maximum period of candidature is normally six years. Extensions may be granted by the Committee in recognition of exceptional circumstances.
2.3. International applicants with four-year funding may be permitted by the Committee to take a maximum period of four years, only as a full-time candidate.
2.4. For applicants upgrading from another course the maximum time limit is reduced by the period of enrolment in the course from which the student has changed.
2.5. For applicants transferring from an equivalent course in another institution the maximum period of candidature permitted to be completed at that institution is half of the maximum period specified in Rule 2.2.

3. Conditions of Candidature

3.1. Each candidate is required to consult regularly with his or her supervisors. This may be either in person or using ICT, including video. The supervisors and the Head of School will determine the nature and extent of such consultation after consultation with the candidate.
3.2. Within three months of completion of the course work the candidate and all supervisors and mentors will meet to discuss the contribution of the course work to research and portfolio planning.
3.3. Initially, a candidate shall enroll from the date of commencement of the first unit of study.
3.4. Once candidates have formally accepted the offer of candidature and enrolled, they must contact their nominated Principal Supervisor to discuss arrangements for working with the supervisory team and to ensure that the candidate completes the formal ProfD induction process for candidates. The Principal Supervisor will be required to sign off when the candidate has completed the ProfD induction process. Candidates need to agree on contact arrangements and maintain regular communication with their supervisory team for the duration of candidature.
3.5. Candidates must ensure that all administrative requirements of the University, such as providing progress reports, completing the confirmation process and conforming to procedures for variations of conditions of candidature, are met.
3.6. All full-time and part-time candidates are required to undergo a Confirmation of Candidature process within 18 months of initial enrolment in line with Rule 8.1 and as detailed in the Confirmation of Candidature Policy and Guidelines for UNE Doctoral Students.
3.7. The candidate is required to pursue the course wholly under the control of the University.
3.8. Research may be undertaken away from the University, on the recommendation of the Head of School if the Committee is satisfied that:

(a) the candidate will have access to the required facilities; and
(b) an appropriate supervisor at the away location will be appointed, unless the Head of School recommends otherwise; and
(c) the nature and extent of the consultation between the candidate and University supervisor will be appropriate.

3.9. The candidate is required to participate in the UNE HDR Progress Reporting rounds when requested by the University.
3.10. The candidate will enrol in specified coursework and research units concurrently with the ProfD portfolio as detailed in the program of study.
3.11. Following an unsatisfactory progress report, the Committee may continue the candidature or consider termination of the candidature under the conditions of Rule 11.3. The Committee may seek clarification or advice from the candidate, the Principal Supervisor, ProfD Coordinator, or the relevant Head of School prior to deciding whether to continue candidature or consider termination of candidature.
3.12. A candidate may be required to show cause in relation to their performance in the program, consistent with the Higher Degree Research Show Cause Policy and Procedures.
3.13. The Committee, on the advice of the Head of School, may grant leave of absence from the course of study and research in special cases. The period of such leave shall not be counted as part of the prescribed term of candidature.
3.14. No candidate may enroll in, or remain enrolled in, any other course or unit either at the University or at any other institution without the consent of the Principal Supervisor and the approval of the ProfD Coordinator. The Committee, on the recommendation and rationale from the Head of School, may approve enrolment in another course concurrently with enrolment in the ProfD.
3.15. A candidate shall give at least three months notice to the supervisory team, the ProfD Coordinator and Research Services of the anticipated date of their portfolio submission.

4. Supervisors - Nomination, Appointment and Responsibilities

4.1. The ProfD is a supervised research degree and supervisors and mentors shall have a general advisory role during the course work portion of the degree. The candidate's research and preparation of the Portfolio must be carried out under the guidance of a supervisory team normally comprising two members of the University staff and the candidate’s nominated industry/profession mentor. UNE supervisors will be appointed by the relevant Head of School on the recommendation of the ProfD Coordinator. At least one such supervisor shall have a proven and current record of research and experience in the supervision of postgraduate research candidates.
4.2. One supervisor will be nominated as the Principal Supervisor who shall be responsible for coordinating the supervision in accordance with such procedures and guidelines as the Committee shall determine from time to time. The remaining supervisor will be nominated as Co-Supervisor.
4.3. The industry/profession mentor shall be considered to be an advisor to the candidate and his/her supervisors and will therefore not be subject to the requirement for Adjunct status and listing on the supervisory register. However, the industry/profession mentor may, where appropriate, seek an Adjunct appointment at UNE, in which case they would be able to take on a formal co-supervisory role.
4.4. In exceptional circumstances where multiple UNE supervisors are thought to be impractical, the Head of School, after consulting the ProfD Coordinator, will forward a report to the Committee detailing the reasons why UNE co-supervision is not practical and indicating what procedures will be put in place to handle Principal Supervisory duties where the nominated Principal Supervisor becomes unavailable for any reason. However, in cases where exceptional circumstances have arisen due to lack of sufficient University expertise, serious consideration must be given to appointing a Co-Supervisor from outside the University with expertise in the candidate’s proposed research area.
4.5. The relevant Head of School, on the recommendation of the ProfD Coordinator, may appoint an additional supervisor or supervisors; such a supervisor may be an emeritus professor or an adjunct appointment of the University.
4.6. The relevant Head of School, on the recommendation of the ProfD Coordinator, may replace a supervisor at any time.
4.7. Principal and Co-Supervisors must comply with the Registration of Research Higher Degree Supervisors Policy and Procedures.
4.8. Supervisors and industry/profession mentors, who have not previously supervised a UNE ProfD candidate, will be contacted by the ProfD Coordinator to discuss the ProfD and expectations surrounding its supervision and research outcomes. They will also be required to complete the online ProfD induction process for supervisors and industry/profession mentors. The ProfD Coordinator will be required to sign off when a supervisor or industry/profession mentor has completed the induction process.
4.9. The nomination of supervisor will include an estimate of the expected percentage input from each supervisor.
4.10. The Principal Supervisor is in large measure responsible for ensuring that the high standard of the degree is maintained. The Principal Supervisor shall carry out the responsibilities in accordance with the following rules:

(a) the Principal Supervisor leads the candidate’s supervisory team;
(b) the Principal Supervisor, in consultation with the supervisory team, the ProfD Coordinator and relevant Head of School, shall ensure that the innovation and research trajectory undertaken by the candidate in the Portfolio is at an appropriate academic level and has an appropriate degree of industry/profession and other contextual relevance and is likely, if successfully completed, to generate further research outcomes such as publication, commercialisation and/or wider implementation;
(c) the Principal Supervisor, in conjunction with the rest of the supervisory team, shall advise the candidate on the quality of drafts of their portfolio, but the portfolio finally presented shall be substantially the independent work of the candidate;
(d) the Principal Supervisor shall receive from the candidate progress reports required in terms of Rule 3.9 and shall forward these, together with comment from the ProfD Coordinator and the relevant Head of School, to Research Services with his or her assessment of the candidate's progress;
(e) if the Principal Supervisor, ProfD Coordinator or the relevant Head of School is of the opinion that the candidate is not making satisfactory progress, they shall recommend to the Committee that the candidate be invited to 'show cause' why the candidature should not be terminated as per the Higher Degree Research Show Cause Policy and Procedures.

4.11. The Committee, on the joint recommendation of the Head of School and the PVC Research, may recommend termination of candidature, if it is satisfied that the University can no longer provide appropriate supervision. In such circumstance, the University will provide any necessary administrative assistance to the student to facilitate the transfer to another institution.
4.12. The candidate has the right to request a change of supervisor. Such a request must be submitted to the Head of School, who after consultation will provide the Committee with a recommendation and nomination of alternative supervisor for approval.

5. Course Requirements

A candidate for the degree shall pursue a course consisting of advanced course work and the Portfolio approved by the ProfD Coordinator in consultation with the Principal Supervisor.

6. Course Work and Project Portfolio

6.1. A candidate will be required to complete a program of advanced level course work (AQF Level 10) approved by the ProfD Coordinator, on the recommendation of the Principal Supervisor. Normally, the advanced level course work will comprise four units: PROF695, PROF696, PROF697 and PROF698.
6.2. Candidates will be required to complete and achieve a Satisfactory Result (SR) for each of the four course work units before proceeding to the Portfolio research component of the degree.
6.3. If the candidate does not achieve a Satisfactory Result for each of the four advanced units of study ie they receive an Unsatisfactory Result (US) for one or more units, the ProfD Coordinator, in consultation with the Principal Supervisor and the relevant Head of School, shall recommend to the Committee, that the candidate be asked to 'show cause' as to why their candidature should not be terminated.
6.4. Students must successfully complete PROF699 Project Portfolio.

7. Advanced Standing

7.1. Advanced standing may be granted, by the ProfD Coordinator on the recommendation of the Principal Supervisor, for a maximum of one unit passed at a university, provided that unit:

(a) is of equivalent standard to the units offered by the ProfD program; and
(b) is appropriate to the candidate’s ProfD program.

7.2. Only under exceptional circumstances shall advanced standing be granted for the advanced research methodology unit (PROF698).
7.3. Advanced standing may be granted for a unit passed elsewhere after admission to candidature provided that the candidate has previously obtained the permission of the ProfD Coordinator to enrol in such a unit.

8. Portfolio Process and Confirmation of Candidature

8.1. Within 18 months after initial enrolment, the candidate shall undergo Confirmation of Candidature, in accordance with the Confirmation of Candidature Policy and Guidelines for UNE Doctoral Students. The candidate will be required to present a Portfolio Proposal to the ProfD Coordinator, who will chair the confirmation panel. The candidate will also be required to participate in a thorough review of their Portfolio Proposal involving a seminar or other appropriate means. Once the Portfolio Proposal is considered by the confirmation panel to be satisfactory, a precis of the research proposal shall be reported to Research Services. The confirmation process will be explained in the ProfD induction sessions for new candidates. Newly enrolled candidates will be informed during their induction sessions about the confirmation process, the support available to them during their candidature as indicated in relevant policy documents, the required tasks to be completed in the given timeframe, and the composition of the confirmation panel and how it will conduct its business.
8.2. If, within 18 months after completion of the course work units, the candidate has not submitted a research proposal considered satisfactory by a confirmation panel, the Principal Supervisor, in consultation with the ProfD Coordinator and the relevant Head of School shall present a report on the candidate's progress to Research Services. In the event that unsatisfactory progress is reported, the Committee shall invite the candidate to 'show cause' as to why candidature should not be terminated.

9. Conditions of the ProfD Portfolio

9.1. On completion of the program of course work, innovation and research, a candidate shall present for examination a Portfolio embodying the results of the candidate's innovation and research which shall be substantially an original contribution. All portfolio components will centre on the candidate’s innovation, its development, implementation, developmental evaluation and, where appropriate, evaluation of impact, and critical reflection and anticipations.
9.2. The Portfolio, exclusive of any appendices or supplemental materials, will normally have a maximum of 75,000 words including linkage texts between the various portfolio components, but excluding any appendix materials. There may be special instances where, with the permission of the Committee on recommendation of the Principal Supervisor, the portfolio may exceed these limits.
9.3. The Portfolio shall be written in English unless, to accommodate the requirements of a particular discipline, the Committee has given prior permission for it to be written in another language. Applications for such permission must be lodged with the secretary of the Committee not less than six months before the portfolio is submitted.
9.4. (a) A candidate shall state generally in the preface of the Portfolio and specifically in notes: the sources from which the information is derived, the extent to which he or she has made use of the work of others, and the portion of work which is claimed as original.
9.4. (b) A candidate may not present as the Portfolio any work which has been submitted for examination for any award at this University or another institution, but will not be precluded from incorporating such work in the Portfolio, provided that, in presenting the Portfolio for examination, the candidate indicates the part(s) of the work which has been so incorporated.
9.5. On recommendation of the Principal Supervisor, the ProfD Coordinator may allow a candidate to submit with the Portfolio supporting material such as: CD/DVDs, audio tapes, video tapes and computer discs. Part of the Portfolio may also include reference to online materials or other multimedia formats. An application for permission to submit supporting material shall be made not less than three months before the proposed date of submission of the Portfolio unless, in special circumstances, the ProfD Coordinator allows a later application.
9.6. The candidate shall submit to the secretary of the Committee a copy of the Portfolio in a format approved by the Committee and as outlined in (a) to (c) below. All online, multi-media or creative practice components must be accessible by examiners. The submitted Portfolio shall incorporate:

(a) an abstract of the Portfolio;
(b) a statement summarising the intellectual property arrangements associated with the Portfolio; and
(c) a statement, electronically signed by the candidate, certifying that the substance of the Portfolio has not been, nor is currently being submitted, for any other degree or award and that, to the best of his/her knowledge, all help received in preparing the Portfolio and all sources used have been acknowledged in the Portfolio.

9.7. The candidate shall, upon submission of the Portfolio, make arrangements for all original data to be retained in an area of safe storage for a period of not less than five years from the date of the submission. The data must be stored in a form that would, at a minimum, permit replication of all analyses reported in the Portfolio.
9.8. (a) At the time the Portfolio is submitted, the Principal Supervisor shall provide a certificate stating:

(i) that the Principal Supervisor, in conjunction with the supervisory team, has discussed with the candidate the academic and industry/profession content of the Portfolio in its final form and that, while neither expressing nor implying a judgement about the merit of the work, in the Principal Supervisor's opinion it is ready for submission for examination for the degree;
(ii) that all requirements of the relevant school, in regard to the deposition of museum material or any other supporting material have been met;
(iii) that all intellectual property requirements and obligations have been met; and
(iv) that the physical form and presentation of the Portfolio are appropriate to the ProfD.

9.8. (b) Should the Principal Supervisor be unwilling to provide a certificate in these terms, the Principal Supervisor shall so advise the candidate and shall send to the Committee a written statement setting out the grounds on which the certificate is withheld.
9.9. The candidate shall receive the certificate referred to in Rule 9.8 before a Portfolio is accepted for examination. When, for any reasons, the certificate is withheld, the Committee may decline to accept the Portfolio for examination or may accept it following such consultation or under such additional conditions as the Committee may deem to be appropriate for specific cases.

10. Fieldwork and Research Overseas

10.1. There are certain requirements that must be met for a candidate to be able to study overseas or engage in off-campus fieldwork.
10.2. Appropriate forms must be filled in and submitted, which enable all candidates to be insured while on University work.
10.3. Arrangements for travel are dealt with through Schools and candidates should seek assistance from their Principal Supervisor in ensuring the correct procedures are followed.

11. Withdrawals; Termination of Candidature

11.1. A candidate may withdraw from candidature by writing to Research Services.
11.2. The ProfD Coordinator may readmit to candidature a person who has withdrawn. The ProfD Coordinator shall decide what part, if any, of the candidature completed prior to the withdrawal shall be counted towards the new period of candidature.
11.3. In the event:

(a) that a Principal Supervisor reports a candidate’s progress to be unsatisfactory; or
(b) of the candidate’s failure to complete prescribed course work at a standard determined by Rule 6.2.; or
(c) of the candidate’s failure to comply with any other provisions of these rules;

the candidature will be terminated by the Committee unless it determines otherwise on the basis of written or other evidence placed before it. Before candidature may be terminated in terms of this rule the candidate will be invited to 'show cause', by a date determined by the Committee, why candidature should not be terminated.

12. Examination Process

12.1. (a) On receiving notice of intention to submit the Portfolio, the Committee, on recommendation of the ProfD Coordinator, Head of the School and Principal Supervisor, shall appoint three examiners, at least two of whom shall be external to the University of New England and to any collaborating institution involved in the work and be experts of international standing in the relevant area, plus one reserve examiner. The Committee must be advised on both potential conflicts of interest (Conflict of Interest Policy), provide evidence of international standing and indicate whether each examiner has experience examining higher-degree research theses. A pool of at least six potential examiners (two from each category listed under 12.1 (b)) from which the three plus reserve are selected must have been assembled through consultation between the Principal Supervisor, the supervisory team, the ProfD Coordinator and the candidate. The candidate will not be given any indication of the final set of examiners that have been appointed. The Head of School, or Principal Supervisor as appropriate, will be expected to obtain written or emailed consent, from each examiner, except the reserve, to examine the portfolio within two months of its receipt. The Committee is to be advised as to whether each examiner has had experience supervising and examining higher degree research candidates. In cases where a portfolio has been permitted to exceed the normal 75 000 word limit, examiners shall be informed of this fact so they may consider it when making their decision to examine.
12.1. (b) One examiner must be appointed from each of the following categories:

(i) an academic with a doctorate or professional doctorate who examines primarily from the university/academic perspective;
(ii) an acknowledged professional leader, practitioner or policy expert, where a doctorate is not a necessary prerequisite, who examines primarily from relevant industry/profession/workplace/policy contextual perspectives;
(iii) a 'boundary spanner' with a doctorate and with expertise/experience in academic as well as relevant industry/profession/workplace/policy contexts (eg professional/industry leader with doctorate; academic who is now a professional professional/industry practitioner/leader; former professional/industry practitioner who is now an academic or profession/industry-based researcher).

The fourth reserve examiner may be drawn from any of the three categories listed above.
12.2. No person who has been a Principal Supervisor or Co-Supervisor of the student shall be appointed as an examiner. No person with a real or substantial possibility of conflict of interest that is, in a reasonable person’s opinion, likely to influence the examination process will be approved as an examiner.
12.3. Each examiner shall make a separate written report on the merits of the portfolio and shall submit a summary recommendation form prescribed by the Committee. Before submitting the report an examiner may consult the other examiner or examiners. The examiners shall inform the Committee whether consultation has taken place.
12.4. The identity of examiners shall not be revealed to a candidate until the conclusion of the examination process at which time the Committee shall either reveal or withhold their names in accordance with their instructions.
12.5. The examiners’ reports on the Portfolio, together with the result of the prescribed course work shall be considered by the Committee which shall recommend:

(a) that the degree be awarded; or
(b) that the degree be awarded subject to the candidate making such amendments to the Portfolio as specified by the examiners and to the satisfaction of the supervisory team and, if appropriate, the ProfD Coordinator and/or relevant Head of School; or
(c) that the degree not be awarded.

12.6. Before making a recommendation in terms of Rule 12.5. the Committee may:

(a) request that the examiners consult and report to the Committee;
(b) appoint an additional examiner or examiners;
(c) appoint an external adjudicator who shall consider and report to the Committee upon the portfolio and any supporting papers and the reports of the examiners;
(d) require the candidate to sit for such examinations as the Committee may prescribe;
(e) permit the candidate to revise the Portfolio for re-examination if, in the opinion of the Committee, the work is of sufficient merit to warrant this concession; and
(f) consult with the candidate's supervisor or supervisors, with the ProfD Coordinator, with the relevant Head or Heads of School or with such other persons as the Committee deems appropriate.

12.7. In cases where an examiner or examiners report unfavourably upon a Portfolio the Committee may invite the candidate to respond to the examiners' comments. In such cases the candidate shall be allowed a maximum of eight weeks from the date of the letter of notification by which to submit a response. The Committee may refer any such response to any of the examiners for comment.
12.8. (a) A candidate permitted to revise a Portfolio in terms of Rule 12.6(e) shall complete the revision within a period of time and under such conditions as the Committee shall prescribe.
12.8. (b) A candidate who has revised a Portfolio in terms of Rule 12.6(e) and who fails the re-examination shall not be eligible for further examination.
12.9. Except as provided in Rule 12.10, a Portfolio which has been revised in terms of Rule 12.6.(e) shall be examined by the examiners of the original version of the Portfolio if they are available. If an examiner of the original version is unavailable, the Committee shall appoint a replacement examiner on the recommendation of the Head of School concerned, after consultation with the ProfD Coordinator and the Principal Supervisor. Each examiner of a revised Portfolio shall be provided with copies of the reports of all examiners of the original version of the Portfolio.
12.10. An external adjudicator will only be appointed by the Committee if the three examiners are unable to come to a consensus recommendation. If the adjudicator recommends that the candidate’s Portfolio be revised and resubmitted, then the adjudicator will serve as the sole examiner for the resubmitted Portfolio.
12.11. In cases where the Committee invokes the provision of Rule 12.5(c) the recommendation and the examiners' reports and any other relevant material shall be referred to the Standing Committee of the Academic Board for review and final decision. There shall be no appeal against the final decision.
12.12. An examiner or adjudicator shall be asked to submit his or her report on the Portfolio within two months of receipt of a copy of it. An examiner or adjudicator who does not report within a reasonable time may be replaced by the Committee. Any report subsequently received from a replaced examiner or adjudicator shall not be considered by the Committee.
12.13. Where any examination, adjudication or consultation report is received by the Committee, on which basis the Committee is considering recommending that the candidate not be awarded the degree the candidate and his/her supervisory team shall be notified in writing of the content of that report and may within eight weeks lodge a response limited to the academic/industry/profession and substantive matters raised in the report. The Committee shall take into account the submissions from the supervisory team and/or candidate in determining whether the degree be awarded.

13. Appeals against a Recommendation of Degree Not Be Awarded

13.1. Candidates have the right of appeal against an unfavourable examination outcome described in Rule 12.5.(c) and will be invited to submit a report to the Standing Committee of Academic Board (the Standing Committee) detailing any concerns they may have about the examination process. The formal appeal must be made in writing to the Chair of the Academic Board within four weeks of receiving the advice of the unfavourable outcome. The formal appeal, recommendation, all examiners’ reports, candidate and supervisory team responses and any other relevant material shall then be referred to the Standing Committee for review and final decision.
13.2. Appeals will be permitted on procedural grounds only. Procedural grounds for appeal may include:

(a) procedural irregularities in the conduct of the examination; and/or
(b) documentary evidence of prejudice or bias by one or more examiners.

13.3. The Standing Committee will not consider any appeal where the candidate simply rejects the academic assessments of his/her work or where the candidate complains about inadequacy of supervision or other problems arising during the course of the candidate’s research program. Problems encountered during candidature should be handled by grievance procedures at the appropriate time.
13.4. Any member of the Standing Committee involved in making the recommendations in Rule 12.5.(c) from the Higher Degree Research Committee will absent him/herself from all discussions of the appeal. If the Standing Committee sends a formal recommendation of fail, thereby upholding the procedural fairness of the Higher Degree Research Committee’s recommendation, to the Academic Board, these same individuals shall absent themselves from the Board meeting during discussion of the recommendation. There shall be no appeal against the final decision of the Standing Committee.
13.5. The final appeal to the Standing Committee does not affect the right of a candidate to seek a review (but not a further appeal) of the examination process by the University Ombudsman or the NSW Ombudsman.

14. Intellectual Property

14.1. Where research and development are conducted in cooperation with or under the sponsorship of an industry, profession or workplace, or where the intellectual property associated with the research may have commercial significance, the University requires that negotiations with respect to the ownership and any assignment for management of any intellectual property arising from or associated with the research that is the focus of the Portfolio project must be formalised, prior to approval of enrolment in the Portfolio project, in accordance with the UNE Knowledge Assets and Intellectual Property Policy: http://www.une.edu.au/policies/pdf/knowledgeassetsintellectualproperty.pdf and using the appropriate form available from Research Services.
14.2. In the event that details of any intellectual property or process improvement is contained within a Portfolio, and where the candidate does not seek to restrict public access to that project the Principal Supervisor, the ProfD Coordinator and/or the relevant Head of School may seek to protect the interests of the University or the industry sponsor, or both, and apply through Academic Board for such restriction to be approved.
14.3. In the event that a project contains sensitive or potentially patentable or commercialisable research results, the University shall ensure that examiners sign an appropriate confidentiality agreement prior to examining the project. The University shall take whatever other action is necessary to protect patentable material in a way which will not introduce undue delay in the awarding of the degree.
14.4. In all other cases, and consistent with UNE Knowledge Assets and Intellectual Property Policy (especially relating to patents, royalties and proprietary information), the candidate shall normally hold copyright in any intellectual property associated with or arising from their research.

15. Access to Portfolios

Refer to the General Rules (Rule 5 Access to Theses).

16. Quality in Research Higher Degrees

All candidates as well as all individuals undertaking a supervisory role for research candidates will be familiar with the responsibilities associated with research supervisors and candidates, the research examination procedures and procedures for handling any difficulties that might arise during supervision, and the consequences of failing in their obligations. These responsibilities are outlined in documents available on the Research Services website.

17. Relaxing Clause

In exceptional circumstances, the Academic Board, on the recommendation of the HDR Committee, may relax any rule.

Course Aims

The Doctor of Industries/Professions course is an applied research doctorate undertaken on a part-time (or full time for funded international candidates) basis at Level 10 of the Australian Qualification Framework.

The course program serves to bridge the gap between academic thinking and professional practices, achieved through facilitating acculturation into academia. The foundation criteria of the program include: critical engagement; ethical attitudes; methodological rigour; knowledge positioning; usefulness; academic writing; and contributions to knowledge.

Operating across the UNE Schools, this doctoral program involves the production and transformation of descriptive accounts of practice and 'ways of doing' into knowledge narratives which encompass all the criteria expected of a doctoral award.

Within a secured commitment and support from their employer, this course not only impacts those who complete it but also makes a significant scholarly contribution to their professional context.

The course program provides a focused, research and development journey, for high calibre graduates; enabling individuals to develop their research skills and advance their profession and professional practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. exhibit an expert understanding of a professional field of knowledge by: (a) having systematically acquired a substantial body of intellectual skill and experience that is grounded in contemporary developments in a professional field of practice; (b) creating and communicating original scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, extending the frontier of the application and implementation of a professional field of knowledge within an industry/professional context and potentially meriting publication; and (c) demonstrating thorough knowledge of industry/professional context, research principles and methods applicable in advanced academic inquiry and workplace innovation;
  2. conduct research independently and systematically by: (a) conceptualising, designing and implementing a project which will increase knowledge that is applicable or contributes new insights and a scholarly contribution to a professional field of practice; (b) evaluating ideas and making informed judgements on complex issues or challenges in the context of a professional field of practice; and (c) communicating ideas, methodologies and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  3. be accountable for their own learning and professional training by: (a) demonstrating the capacity to undertake further learning and/or a further career in or around research at an advanced level, and contributing substantially to the development or dissemination and implementation of new techniques, ideas or approaches within a professional field of practice; and (b) displaying the qualities and attributes necessary to exercise personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, whether in professional environments or in the public domain.
Graduate Attributes Graduate attribute information is currently unavailable for this course.

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