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Procedure for Research Problematics (DGA1031)



1. Identification of the research subject

The first step for a student who is registered for DGA1031 is the identification of the research subject, which is done in collaboration with the Research Director. The student must determine the title of the thesis and produce a summary of the research project. In doing so, the student must fill out all sections of the form entitled Research subject identification. The Program Director evaluates the identification of the research subject, which counts for 5% of the overall mark for activity DGA1031.

Description of the various sections of the form

Identification of industrial partners
All industrial partners who will be participating in the research project must be identified on the form entitled "Research subject identification" right from the outset of the work. The student must indicate the name of all companies that have agreed to contribute to the research.

Confidentiality
The Décanat de la recherche (Dean of research) must be made aware of all theses that are confidential in nature, in order to be in a position to protect the rights of students and researchers. Any doctoral thesis that must be treated as “confidential” should ideally be identified as such on the form entitled "Research subject identification" right from the outset of the work, by checking the appropriate box on the form. The confidential status of the thesis (if applicable) will also be confirmed when the document is officially submitted for evaluation.

Research project involving human subjects
Any research project that involves human subjects (e.g.: surveys in the form of questionnaires or interviews, tests involving the handling of human remains, collection or use of confidential data pertaining to individuals, etc.) must be identified as such on the form entitled "Research subject identification" by checking the appropriate box on the form, and is subject to the ÉTS Ethics for research involving human beings. In order to comply with the rules governing this type of research, a file must be prepared for the Comité d’éthique (Ethics Committee).

Supervision
The Research Director is identified at the time of admission. However, the Co-Director is officially identified on the form entitled "Research subject identification". If the proposed Co-Director comes from outside of ÉTS, a detailed CV for this individual must be attached to the form before it is submitted to the Program Director.

Signatures
The student, the Research Director and the Co-Director (if applicable) must sign the form entitled "Research subject identification" before it is submitted to the Program Director before the deadline stipulated in the course outline for DGA1031. The Program Director will then sign the form and send it to the Bureau des cycles supérieurs (Graduate and Ph.D. studies office).



2. Written work

The student must also submit written work within the context of activity DGA1031 - Research Problematics, in the form of a document containing preliminary research specifications (25 to 35 pages), which is to be drafted under the supervision of the Research Director. This document counts for 75% of the overall mark for activity DGA1031.

This written document must describe the question and specific objectives of the research, present the methodology to be used, and indicate the expected spin-offs of the project. More specifically, it must include the following elements:

  • A description of the problem that is being addressed;
  • The objectives to be attained;
  • A critical review of the relevant literature in order to position the work within the context of the existing work in the field and to evaluate the originality of the project;
  • The proposed methodology that will be followed in order to attain the objectives, including the tools required for completion of the project (materials, software, etc);
  • The type of results expected;
  • Potential industry spin-offs (impact and effect on industry or from a socio-economic perspective);
  • The bibliography (list of conference papers, journals or other sources used when drafting the research plan);
  • An activity plan in the form of a work schedule, covering the period up to the expected date of the thesis examination.

A printed version and an electronic version of the research specifications must be submitted to the Research Director before the end of the session. The Research Director will eventually send the electronic version of the written work to the members of the panel of examiners in view of preparing the written exam (DGA1032).



3. Oral presentation

The final stage of activity DGA1031 – Research Problematics involves an oral presentation by the student, which is evaluated by the Ph.D. Program Director, and which counts for 20% of the overall mark for activity DGA1031. Each student who is registered for activity DGA1031 must deliver this oral presentation to all of the other students who are registered for this activity on a date that is set by the Program Director. All students who are registered for DGA1031 must attend the presentations. Failure to attend without a valid reason could result in failure of the activity.

Each student’s Research Problematics must be presented in a form that allows all of the students and specialists from a variety of other fields who are in attendance to understand the content. The presentation is followed by a discussion period involving the audience.



4. Correction of the exam and transmission of the results

Once the research specifications have been submitted, the Research Director will fill out the results form intended for this purpose and send it to the Program Director within the stipulated time.

Following the oral presentations, the Program Director will fill out the results form, taking into account the identification of the research subject (5%), the written work (75%) and the oral presentation (20%), and send the final results for all students for activity DGA1031 to the Bureau des cycles supérieurs (Graduate and Ph.D. studies office). Upon reception of the results, the Bureau des cycles supérieurs is responsible for conveying them to the students.

Students who successfully complete the Research Problematics stage are eligible to register for Stage 2 of the doctoral exam, namely the written exam (DGA1032). Students who do not successfully complete the Research Problematics stage will be advised by the Bureau des cycles supérieurs (using their ÉTS e-mail address) that they may exercise their right to redo the activity a single time during the next session.



5. Formation of the panel of examiners for the written exam

In the middle of the session in which the student is registered for Research Problematics (DGA1031), the Research Director will undertake the process of forming the panel of examiners for the written exam (DGA1032) and the oral exam (DGA1033). The Bureau des cycles supérieurs (Graduate and Ph.D. studies office) will send the form and guidelines for forming the panel of examiners to the Research Director.

At the end of the session, the Research Director will send the student’s research specifications to the members of the panel of examiners by e-mail, so that they can prepare their questions for the written exam.