Identifying risks for cross-disciplinary higher degree research students

Karen L. Blackmore, Keith V. Nesbitt

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Managing attrition rates and completion times of higher degree research students are key considerations for Universities as they are directly tied to future funding for research places. Even where higher degree research students are focused within a single discipline there are a number of risks that can impact on completion. However, there is also evidence of an increase in cross-disciplinary research within Australia. The nature of cross-disciplinary research raises further issues concerning the supervision and progression of PhD candidates and the examination of their works. We discuss a number of issues from a case study of the authors' own PhD experience, which spanned the computing and business disciplines. We conclude by drawing on some experiences in project management from the software engineering community and finally recommend that all participants in higher degree research consider a strategy of preventive risk management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing education 2008
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the Tenth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2008), Wollongong, NSW, Australia, January 2008
EditorsSimon Hamilton, Hamilton Margaret
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAustralian Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781920682590
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference (10th : 2008) - Wollongong, N.S.W.
Duration: 22 Jan 200825 Jan 2008

Publication series

NameConferences in research and practice in information technology
PublisherAustralian Computer Society
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference (10th : 2008)
CityWollongong, N.S.W.

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