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									                               PhD project description

                        <Working title of the dissertation>




PhD student: <insert name as it should be stated on the PhD certificate>

University of Agder (UiA)
Faculty of Engineering and Science
Department of <Engineering/ICT>

Postal address:
Post Box 422
NO-4604 Kristiansand
Norway

Visiting address: <Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad>, Norway

Office phone:     + 47 <phone number>
Mobile phone:     + 47 <phone number>
Email:            <address>@uia.no
Information
PhD programme:                     <Information and communication technology (ICT)/Mechatronics>
Project title:                     <Working title of the dissertation>
PhD student:                       <First name(s) Middle name(s) Surname(s)>
Principal supervisor:              <Supervisor's title and name>
Institution:                       <Supervisor's work place>
Co-supervisor:                     <Co-supervisor's title and name>
Institution:                       <Co-supervisor's work place>
Start date of the PhD project:     <Date for when the work with the PhD project started>
Expected date of completion:       <Date for when the PhD project is expected to be finished>

The following current regulations apply:
 Regulations for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Agder:
   http://www.uia.no/en/content/download/57841/832952/file/Regulations.pdf
 Supplementary regulations for the PhD programmes in ICT and mechatronics:
   http://www.uia.no/en/content/download/139930/2362097/file/PhDsupplementRegulationsIC
   T-Mechatronics.pdf

Signatures
                                                                        <name PhD student>
Date                        Signature, PhD student                      Printed name
                                                                        <name supervisor>
Date                        signature principal supervisor              Printed name
                                                                        <name co-supervisor>
Date                        signature co-supervisor 1                   Printed name
                                                                        <name co-supervisor>
Date                        signature co-supervisor 2, if any           Printed name, if any



For faculty use only
Does the committee (REC/PPCM) recommend the PhD project description?             YES  NO 
Comment, if any:




Date              Signature, Chair of REC/PPCM


_______________________________________________________________________________
Date and signature, Dean (for the faculty)




<PhD student's name>, UiA        PhD project description <yyyy-mm-dd>                          2/6
Coursework component
Up to 10 credits may be taken as national or international research courses and/or special
syllabus courses.

For ICT (30 credits where at least 20 credits technological and/or science subjects):
 Breadth courses (B): 15 credits, including at least 5 credits on research ethics and scientific
   theory as EX-602 (to be marked with B in the coursework component table below)
 Specialization courses (S): 15 credits (to be marked with S in the coursework component
   table below)

For mechatronics (30 credits where at least 20 credits technological and/or science subjects):
 MAS601 and MAS602 are compulsory and multi-disciplinary common core material
   (MAS602 is optional for PhD student that specializes in renewable energy)
 At least 5 credits on research ethics and scientific theory as EX-602
 Normally, three of the courses MAS701, MAS702, MAS703, and MAS704 are to be
   selected, such that the specialization courses, along with the dissertation, provides
   professional breadth and depth

Coursework component table
Course code Course name                                        B/S' Credits Institution       Semester




'For ICT: B = breadth courses, S = specialization courses

Special syllabus courses have to be approved by the faculty. Alterations in the coursework
component and special syllabus courses must be approved by the supervisor, and must be
assessed by PhD programme committee (REC for ICT and PPCM for mechatronics). Special
syllabus course description template and application form for changes may be found via
www.uia.no/tekreal/phd/ict/documents or www.uia.no/tekreal/phd/mechatronics/documents.

Contact information for external supervisor(s)
Contact information for any supervisors that are not employed at UiA shall be included here:
Name                   Position               Work place          Telephone          Email address
Dr                                                                +
Dr                                                                +




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Dissertation plan including dissemination of research results
The time schedule for the PhD project is outlined below <NB: this is an example. The PhD
student has to fill in relevant information. Gantt chart may also be included>.
Year*     Month                                      Research stages***
                         the dissertation plan should indicate the research stages in a way that the
                            stages are verifiable, for example theoretical studies, detailed study,
                               analysis, programming, computer simulations, lab-/field work,
                           publications, writing the dissertation, trial lecture and disputation etc.
                        <Theoretical studies on topic 1>
                        <Detailed study on algorithms/implementation related to topic 1>
                        <Mathematical analysis related to topic 1>
                        <Programming / laboratory/field work related to topic 1>
                        <Computer simulations related to topic 1>
                        <Publication on topic 1>
                        <PhD Forum, presentation 1>
                        <Theoretical studies on topic 2>
                        <Detailed study on algorithms/implementation related to topic 2>
                        <Mathematical analysis/programming/simulations / laboratory/field
                        work related to topic 2>
                        <Publication on topic 2>
                        <PhD Forum, presentation 2>
                        <Detailed study on algorithms/implementation / laboratory/field work
                        related to topic 3>
                        <and so forth…>
                        …
                        Writing dissertation
          **            Trial lecture and disputation
* The dissertation plan should be in more detail the first year, compared to the second and third year
** The trial lecture and disputation are approximately 3-5 months after the end of PhD research fellowship
*** The dissertation plan should contain self-evaluation criteria that can be used by the PhD students. This can for
    example be the SMART criteria. SMART1 is an acronym for: Specific - clearly specifies what the research will
    consist of - the objectives, Measurable - criteria and plan suitable to monitor progress on when objective is
    achieved, Attainable - the research plan has a realistic ambition level, Relevant - the research plan is relevant,
    both with my own goals and desires and the needs of UiA, Timely - clear time frame for the objective including
    interim steps.

Planned stay(s) outside of Norway
Indicate plans, if any, for periods at other research institutions etc. abroad (institution, country,
purpose, time span, funding, etc.):

Intellectual property right restrictions
Indicate if there are any intellectual property right restrictions (copyright, etc.) on the dissertation
in order to protect the third-party interests:                     Yes               No
If yes, elaborate:

Infrastructure
Indicate infrastructure requirements for the PhD project (office space, computer equipment,
special equipment, etc.):


1
 Doran, George T. "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives, Management Review, Nov 1981, Volume 70 Issue 11




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PhD project description
<The project description has to include theme, problem statement, theory and methodology etc.
The following sections ("Background and state-of-the-art", "Potential research directions and
research topics", "Planned research topic", and "Methodologies and step-by-step work flow") are
only a proposed outline>

Background and state-of-the-art
<Contents have to be included by the PhD student, approximately 2-3 pages>

        …
        etc.

Planned research directions and research topics
<E.g.: I argue that … I will sketch key scenarios to single out the shortcoming of existing
techniques that reduce their ability to … I will delineate my ideas to add more support to …
Based on the research direction described above, the following concrete topics have been
identified and will be addressed at the different phases of this PhD project. In the following, each
topic reflects one research direction discussed in the previous section (3-5 topics with ½-1 page
each including description of topic, research question, approach (solution), and outcome for each
topic).>

   <Heading 1, e.g. "Presence awareness">: Research questions: How can …?
    <The research question to be tackled is how to …
    In the light of what precedes, I sketch a scenario that will …
    My approach: To solve this problem I suppose that …
    Outcome: at least one paper is expected to be published based on this work>

         o Research question: <write the question you want to answer>
         o Research outcome within this topic: <at least one/two papers>

   <Heading 2>: e.g.: How can …?
    <One of the major problems of current …
    Our approach: Users must be able to …
    Outcome: e.g. at least one paper is expected to be published based on this work>

         o Research question: <write the question you want to answer>
         o Research outcome within this topic: <at least one/two papers>

   <Heading 3>: e.g.: How to design a user friendly …?
    <To illustrate our ideas, I sketch a scenario that …
    Our approach: To alleviate this problem, I propose to …
    Outcome: at least one paper is expected to be published based on this work>

         o Research question: <write the question you want to answer>
         o Research outcome within this topic: <at least one/two papers>

<etc.>




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Methodologies and step-by-step work flow
<Contents have to be included by the PhD student, approximately 1-2 pages>

<E.g.: The research topics identified in the section above will be covered using the following
methodologies, in a step-by-step manner.

       Step 1: <More details about the step, e.g.: Theoretical studies to get a comprehensive
        understanding about …>
       Step 2: <More details about the step …>
       etc.

The achieved research results will be published at international forums such as refereed
conferences or journals and finally in the form of a PhD dissertation>

References
<Reference list including references referred to in the text above is to be included by the PhD
student. It is recommended to use bibliographic reference software for this purpose like EndNote
or Reference Manager. More information is to be found on the library's web pages at UiA:

   http://www.uia.no/en/portals/library/help_advice/endnote_and_reference_manager (in
    English)
   http://www.uia.no/no/portaler/bibliotek/hjelp_og_veiledning/referanseverktoey (in
    Norwegian)

[1]     Reference 1
[2]     Reference 2
etc>




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