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Rules and Guidelines for Postgraduate by ResearchSection A Rules for Postgraduate by Research Contents SECTION 1 : TERMS DEFINITION 3 SECTION 2 : ACADEMIC YEAR 5 SECTION 3 : ADMISSION REQUIREMENT 5 SECTION 4 : LANGUAGE AND PREREQUISITE COURSES 6 SECTION 5 : PROGRAM REGISTRATION 7 SECTION 6 : RENEWAL OF PROGRAM 8 SECTION 7 : FEES 9 SECTION 8 : HEALTH INSURANCE 9 SECTION 9 : DURATION OF CANDIDATURE 9 SECTION 10 : RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS 10 SECTION 11 : LOCATION OF PROGRAM 10 SECTION 12 : STUDY AWAY FROM UNIVERSITY 10 SECTION 13 : CONVERSION OF CANDIDATURE STATUS 11 (FULL TIME TO PART TIME OR VICE VERSA) SECTION 14 : CONVERSION OF CANDIDATURE PROGRAM 11 MASTERS TO PHD SECTION 15 : EXTENSION OF CANDIDATURE 11 SECTION 16 : CHANGE OF DISCIPLINE 12 SECTION 17 : CHANGE OF PROGRAM 12 (RESEARCH TO COURSEWORK) SECTION 18 : WITHDRAWAL FROM PROGRAM 12 SECTION 19 : TERMINATION OF STUDY 12 SECTION 20 : POSTPONEMENT OF STUDY 13 SECTION 21 : REACTIVATION OF CANDIDATURE 14 SECTION 22 : CHANGE OF SUPERVISOR 14 SECTION 23 : CHANGE OF RESEARCH TOPICS AND FIELDS 14 WITHIN THE SAME PROGRAM SECTION 24 : PROGRESS REPORT 14 st SECTION 25 : PROPOSAL DEFENSE / 1 LEVEL ASSESSMENT 15 SECTION 26 : PUBLICATION REQUIREMENTS 16 SECTION 27 : COURSES AND MILESTONES 16 SECTION 28 : PRE VIVA 16 SECTION 29 : NOTICE OF THESIS SUBMISSION 16 SECTION 30 : SUBMISSION OF DRAFT COPIES OF THE THESIS 17 SECTION 31 : THE VIVA VOCE (ORAL EXAMINATION) 17 SECTION 32 : SUBMISSION OF THE FINAL COPY OF THESIS 18 SECTION 33 : PLAGIARISM AND STATEMENT OF DECLARATION 19 SECTION 34 : SMART CARD 19 SECTION 35 : DRESS CODE 19 SECTION 36 : GENERAL PROVISION 193 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 1 : TERMS DEFINITION In these rules and regulations, unless the context is otherwise requires:- “University” means Universiti Malaysia Pahang; “Senate” means the Senate of Universiti Malaysia Pahang; “Faculty” means any faculty, school, or study centre at the University; “Dean” means head of the Faculty appointed by the Vice Chancellor; “Faculty Council” means central body established at the Faculty that shall be responsible to the Senate for the academic matters within the jurisdiction of the Faculty, and may carry out any other duties as delegated to the council by the statute, rules and regulations. “Program” means academic program according to the curriculum approved by the Senate for the purpose of graduation; “Student” means a registered student, who is pursuing the study course, teaching, training or research of any description, at the post-graduate or post-doctoral as fulltime or part time, by or from the University, and includes long distance learning, o-campus, exchange and non-graduating student; “Senior Student” means a student who has completed at least one semester of study at the University; “Lecture” means all academic encounters between the lecturer and their students as scheduled in the teaching plan; “Course” means a component of a curriculum of a program that has its own unique code; “Assessment” means any form of performance measurement of the student for the course taken; “IPT” means Public or Private Higher Education Institution recognised by the University; “Conferment” means Senate endorsement to a student that has fullled the criteria for conferment;4 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research “Pre-requisite” means a course that has to be passed before taking the next course; “Academic Member” means a full time academic sta or teaching sta on a permanent or contracted position; “Compulsory Attendance” means present at any of the courses that are deemed compulsory; “Degree” means an award conferred by the University on a student who has full the requirements for a masters or doctoral programme of study; “Coursework” means the mode of the program of study whereby the student will be required to complete assignments, tests, and any other forms of evaluation; “Compulsory Courses” are courses that are compulsory to be taken by the student; “Elective Courses” are courses that can be chosen freely by the student. The courses can be chosen from the core courses at any other faculties and it is aimed to strengthen the student’s knowledge and thus assisting them to prepare the Project Paper; “Examiner” means an academician of the University appointed by the Graduate Studies Committee and endorsed by the Senate to evaluate the courses including the Project Paper; “Supervisor” means an academician appointed by the Faculty to supervise the research work of the student; “Study Period” means a registered period in the Postgraduate Studies Program either full time or part time; “Discipline” means discipline of study such as social science or engineering. “HL” is an acronym for Attended and Passed courses or milestones “HS” is an acronym for Attendance Only courses or milestones “Expert Academic” refers to a person who has a PhD and has 5 years working experience and has graduated at list one PhD candidate. “Expert Industry” refers to a person who has a PhD or who has 10 years working experience or holding managerial position.5 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 2 : ACADEMIC YEAR 2.1 The academic year of postgraduate studies by research follows the University Academic Calendar. SECTION 3 : ADMISSION REQUIREMENT 3.1 The entry requirement for postgraduate degree by research is as shown in Table 2 for Masters and Table 3 for PhD admission. 3.2 For Masters degree studies by research, a student must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) with CPA of at least 2.75. In any case that a student does not meet this CPA, the student must meet any of the following criteria: Table 2: Entry Requirement for Master Degree CPA Other Requirements CPA of 2.50 - 2.74 - Research experience – 1 year; or, - Professional experience in related eld- 1 year; or, - Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceeding(s) in related eld; CPA of 2.00 - 2.49 - Research experience - 5 years or - Professional experience in related eld – 5 year; or - Two (2) academic publications (journal, not proceeding(s) in related eld; AND - Student is required to take remedial courses to be decided by Faculty. 3.3 For Doctor of Philosophy admission, a student must have a Masters degree by research or Masters degree by coursework with CPA of at least 3.00. In case, student does not meet this CPA, the student must meet the following conditions as shown in Table 3.6 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research Table 3: Entry Requirement for Doctoral Degree CPA Other Requirements CPA of 2.75 - 2.99; - Research experience – 5 years; or, - Professional experience in related eld – 5 years; or, - Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceedings) in the eld applied; CPA of 2.5 - 2.74; - Research experience – 5 years; or, - Professional experience in related eld – 5 years; or, - Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceedings) in the eld applied for; AND - Students will be required to take remedial courses to be decided by the faculty 3.4 No direct entry from bachelor degree level to doctoral degree level. Students with bachelor degree who are registered for master’s degree may apply to convert their candidacy to the doctoral degree program within one (1) year after master’s degree registration. SECTION 4 : LANGUAGE AND PREREQUISITE COURSES 4.1 Entry requirement for English language (1) All international students must at least meet one of the following requirements: i. Students must have IELTS Band 5.0 or TOEFL 500. The certication should not be more than 2 years from the date test taken and registration of candidature. Exceptions: Students from countries, i.e. the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in which English is their native language. Proof: Students must submit certicates from their primary and secondary schools to show that they studied in an English language environment. International students with Bachelor and Master degrees from Malaysian universities, English requirement is not needed.7 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research ii. Students with IELTS Band 5 and below and/or TOEFL 500 and below must attend Enhancement Module of the Pre-sessional English Course (PEC). Students are oered candidature after completion of the course. Attendance to the course is compulsory, and students will be terminated if they fail to fully attend the course, and their visa cancelled. Students need to sit for assessments and a nal test, and must achieve at least B (the passing mark at postgraduate level). Students are allowed to repeat the course until they obtain the required grade. The course is oered four times a year. Students are awarded certicate of completion. iii. Students without any English language certication must attend English course – Pre-sessional English Course (PEC). Students must sit for a placement test to determine which module to enroll into, and they are registered as students of PEC Unit. Structure: Students who start with Prociency Module must go through all three modules, and must pass each module before proceeding to the next module. Students need to sit assessments and a nal test, and must achieve at least a grade B. Students are allowed to repeat the course until they obtain the required grade. If students fail a module, they must continue the module until they pass, and so forth. For details please refer to the guidelines for postgraduate student on English requirement. SECTION 5 : PROGRAM REGISTRATION 5.1 All students must register the oered program on the date being determined by the University. 5.2 The oer will be revoked if the student failed to register without any plausible reason accepted by the University. 5.3 New research students are given until week 13 to register with the IPS. 5.4 An international student must ensure that a student pass has been approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia before entering Malaysia. It is compulsory to abide by all the rules and regulations set by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. 5.5 All research students are required to register at the Faculty where his/her main supervisor is located. 5.6 Students are not allowed to change the study program oered to them to a dierent program. 8 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 5.7 Senior students whose study is discontinued due to postponement, suspension, or any other reasons, are required to re-register his/her program. 5.8 Students who have expired their maximum study period are not eligible for program registration. 5.9 A registered student of the UMP, either on a full-time or part-time basis is not allowed to register for another degree or program of study with any other university, either locally or abroad. SECTION 6 : RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION 6.1 It is the responsibility of the student to renew his/her registration every semester and make payment of tuition fees within the renewal registration period. 6.2 All research mode postgraduate students and their supervisors are required to ll their progress reports via the Student E-Community Portal to enable the students to renew their registration every semester. 6.3 A student is given two (2) weeks to register. Students who register late for a course without reasons accepted by the University will be imposed a penalty. 6.4 If an active student failed to renew his/her registration within the given period of time, without reasons that can be accepted by the University, he/she can be terminated from his/her study. 6.5 A student is required to renew his/her registration and pay normal fees until such time that he/she has submitted the draft copies of the thesis to the IPS for examination. 6.6 A student who has submitted the draft copies of the thesis to the IPS for examination is also required to renew his/her registration, but has to pay the fees for services only. 6.7 A copy of the bill, receipt and letter of scholarship (for scholarship holders) has to be sent to the Bursar. 9 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 7 : FEES 7.1 All registered students of the Universiti Malaysia Pahang are required to pay the fees for each academic session. SECTION 8 : HEALTH INSURANCE 8.1 To comply with Malaysian law, all full-time international students and accompanying family members are required to acquire health insurance which must remain valid throughout the period of study. SECTION 9 : DURATION OF CANDIDATURE 9.1 A student who registers for a Masters or PhD degree must fulll the duration of candidature as shown in Table 4 below: Table 4: Duration of Candidature Degree Typeof Period of Candidature Program Candidature Minimum Semesters Maximum Semesters (Months) (Months) Masters Degree Full-time 12 months 2 36 months 6 Part-time 24 months 4 60 months 10 Degree Typeof Period of Candidature Program Candidature Minimum Semesters Maximum Semesters (Months) (Months) PhD Degree Full-time 24 months 4 72 months 12 Part-time 36 months 6 96 months 16 9.2 For full time masters degree candidature, the conventional period is 24 months, whereas for part time candidature, the conventional period is 36 months. However, the University Senate may allow exemptions for outstanding students who completed their studies within a shorter period. 9.3 For full time Doctoral degree candidature, the conventional period is 36 months, whereas for part time candidature, the conventional period is 48 months. However, the University Senate may allow exemptions for outstanding students who completed their studies within a shorter period.10 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 10 : RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT 10.1 The residential requirement for a full-time Masters or PhD student is the rst six (6) months of his/her candidature. 10.2 The minimum period of residential requirement for a part-time Masters or PhD student is 15 days a year. SECTION 11 : LOCATION OF PROGRAM 11.1 The program may be carried out in: (1) The Faculty or recognized Research Centre/Institute of the University; or (2) An industrial, commercial, governmental, educational or research organization approved by the Senate; or (3) A combination of the above. 11.2 While it is recognized that some students may undertake signicant proportions of their program based in industry or elsewhere, there is an expectation that every student will be able to actively participate in the intellectual and academic life of the relevant Faculty during the course of their candidature. SECTION 12 : STUDY AWAY FROM UNIVERSITY 12.1 The University recognizes that periods of study away from the University or program location, including periods overseas, may be required to undertake research essential to a student's program. 12.2 Students need not apply for leave of absence, but must apply for formal approval of a period of study away from the University if they intend undertaking research relevant to their program during such a period. Periods of study away from the university may be approved by the Dean of Faculty and the relevant sta should be advised of the dates.11 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 13 : CONVERSION OF CANDIDATURE STATUS (FULL TIME TO PART TIME OR VICE VERSA) 13.1 A student can apply for conversion of his/her status from full-time to part- time or vice-versa. Application for conversion must be made using form available at the IPS. Approval must be obtained from the respective Dean/ Director of the Faculty/Centre. 13.2 The conversion of status is permitted twice only during the entire period of candidature. 13.3 An application for the conversion of candidature status must be done within the rst 2 weeks of the semester. SECTION 14 : CONVERSION OF CANDIDATURE PROGRAM MASTERS TO PHD 14.1 Submission of extended research proposal and application form to be considered for conversion must be made within 12 months (for full-time students) and 24 months (for part-time students) after the registration of masters degree subjected to: (1) Having shown competency and capability in conducting research at doctoral degree level (2) Rigorous internal evaluation by the faculty (3) Approval by the University Senate 14.2 A Masters student who is applying for conversion of his/her candidature to that of a PhD must submit a revised research proposal endorsed by the main supervisor. This application must be done in writing to the Dean of IPS via the Dean/Director of the Faculty/Centre. The student qualication for conversion is subjected to the Faculty’s requirement. SECTION 15 : EXTENSION OF CANDIDATURE 15.1 An application for extension must be made two (2) months prior to the expiration date of a student's candidature. 15.2 This application must be made ocially to the Dean/Director of the respective Faculty/Centre using form available at the IPS. The completed form must then be submitted to the IPS. 12 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 15.3 The maximum extension of candidature period is only two (2) semesters after the period of candidature ends. This extension of two (2) semesters is considered nal. Termination letter will be issued to the student if he/she fails to submit the thesis draft for examination during the nal extension period. SECTION 16 : CHANGE OF DISCIPLINE 16.1 Change of discipline is dened as changing of discipline for example from science to engineering. A student who wishes to change his/her cluster must submit a new application to the IPS. A processing fee will be charged for this. SECTION 17 : CHANGE OF PROGRAM (RESEARCH TO COURSEWORK) 17.1 A student who wishes to change his/her program structure must submit a new application to the IPS. A processing fee will be charged. 17.2 The change of study mode can be only done after one semester. Students will be bound with regulations related to the new study mode. However, the change of study mode is allowed only once throughout the students' study period. SECTION 18 : WITHDRAWAL FROM PROGRAM OF STUDY 18.1 Withdrawal from a program of study can be made to the IPS based on valid reasons using a form available at the IPS. The completed form must then be submitted to the IPS. 18.2 Tuition fee will be refunded to new students who withdraw within 14 days after the registration date. 18.3 No refund of tuition fee will be made for new students who withdraw after this given period (after the 14 days of registration date) except for personal bond (international students only). 18.4 Senior students who have registered and withdrew after the 14 days of registration date must pay the total fee of the respective semester. Part Time SECTION 19 : TERMINATION OF CANDIDATURE 19.1 The University Senate has the right to terminate a student who provided false information during his/her application process to the University.13 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 19.2 The University Senate reserves the right to terminate a student for any of the reasons below: (1) His/her academic/research progress is unsatisfactory for two consecutive period. (2) Exceeds the maximum period of candidature. (3) Fails to register or renew registration within the set period of time. (4) Fails to pay the tuition fees or other payment within the set period of time. (5) Violating the Rules & Regulations of the University. (6) Submission of the nal hardbound copy of thesis exceeding the correction period given. SECTION 20 : POSTPONEMENT OF STUDY 20.1 Postponement of studies is only allowed after registration and completion of at least one (1) semester, except for medical reasons or valid personal reasons. 20.2 Students are only allowed to apply for postponement of studies two (2) times only during the candidature period. 20.3 Students who are veried to have health problems by the University medical ocer may apply for postponement of studies. Maximum period for one (1) application of postponement is two (2) semesters. If the student needs a longer period which is more than two (2) semesters in continuance, the case will be referred to the University medical ocer for the verication of severity level. 20.4 According to the verication by the University medical ocer, the Senate has the right to decide whether the student may continue his/her study or he/she may be terminated. The semesters postponed for medical reasons will not be counted in the calculation of candidature period. 20.5 Application for the postponement of study with reason other than medical problems can also be considered. The maximum period for postponement of study for reasons other than medical problems is one semester for each application. The semester involved will be counted in the calculation of the study period. The application must be made before the semester begins or within the rst two weeks of the semester.14 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 21 : REACTIVATION OF CANDIDATURE 21.1 A student must reactivate his/her candidature within the rst two weeks of the respective semester after his/her postponement period ended. 21.2 If the student failed to do so, his/her candidature may be terminated (subject to Faculty’s approval). SECTION 22 : CHANGE OF SUPERVISORS 22.1 Permission to change supervisors must be approved by the current Supervisor before it is submitted to the relevant Faculty/Centre for endorsement. A student must specify his/her intention to apply for a change of supervisor. The endorsed form must be submitted to the IPS. 22.2 The change of supervisor can be done not more than once during the period of candidature and the student is not allowed to apply for the change of supervisor if he/she had already submitted the Notice of Thesis Submission. However, it is subjected to the MPSU approval. 22.3 Change of supervisor must be done before the week 13 of Semester. SECTION 23 : CHANGE OF RESEARCH TOPICS AND FIELDS WITHIN THE SAME PROGRAM 23.1 Permission to change topic or eld of research must be approved by the Supervisor. A student must specify his/her intention to apply for a change area of study or change of topic. 23.2 The form must be submitted to the Supervisor for approval before it is submitted to the relevant Faculty/Centre for approval. The approved form must be submitted to the IPS. SECTION 24 : PROGRESS REPORT 24.1 A student has to prepare a Research Plan in the rst semester. The Research Plan has to be veried by the supervisor and approved by the faculty. 24.2 A student has to submit a progress report to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies via IPS Online by Week 14 of each semester. Each Progress Report should detail the student research progress according to the Research Plan.15 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 24.3 Students have to register for progress report throughout his/her candidature period until viva voce. 24.4 Students will be given the progress report result of either MM (Memuaskan) or TM (Tidak Memuaskan). The candidature of students who gain TM for two consecutive semesters will be terminated. Table: Performance Indicator MARKS GRED 41-100 MM 0-40 TM 24.5 Course Grade Appeal A student can appeal for review of his/her examination results within two (2) weeks after the grades are issued by the IPS. Students are required to submit the appeal form to the IPS stating their intention and they will be required to pay a fee when making the appeal. st SECTION 25 : PROPOSAL DEFENSE / 1 LEVEL ASSESSMENT 25.1 A student is recommended to undergo proposal defense at certain duration as being mentioned in Table 5. Table 5: Proposal Defense Duration PROGRAMME FULL-TIME PART-TIME MASTER First semester Second semester PHD Second semester Third semester 25.2 Students must register the Proposal Defense Subject for the respective semester in the IMS system. 25.3 Students are required to submit three (3) copies of proposal veried by the Supervisor to the Faculty by Week 11. 25.4 After the Proposal Defence session, students must submit the List of Corrections and one copy of the nal Proposal veried by the Examiners, Supervisor and Faculty Dean to the IPS. 16 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 25.5 If the student failed to submit by Week 17, he/she is considered fail and is required to re-register the subject in the following semester. 25.6 The Panel of Examiners consists of the following: A Chairman appointed by the faculty and two (2) examiners proposed by the supervisor. Outcome of the Proposal Defense must be addressed in Faculty Council meeting. SECTION 26 : PUBLICATION REQUIREMENTS 26.1 A student is required to fulll the minimum publication requirement as follows: (1) A Masters student is required to publish at least one (1) peer review article before the notice of thesis submission is submitted. (2) A PhD student is required to publish at least two (2) peer review articles and at least one (1) journal paper before the notice of thesis submission is submitted. SECTION 27 : COURSES AND MILESTONES 27.1 Students are required to register twenty one (21) courses in total. Eight (8) HS courses will be registered with IPS while another eleven (13) HL courses will be registered with Faculty. SECTION 28 : PRE VIVA 28.1 A student is required to pass the Pre-Viva at the Faculty before he/she is eligible for the Viva Voce (Oral Examination). Prior to that, a student who wishes to sit for the Pre-Viva must submit the Notice of Thesis Submission. 28.2 Upon submission of notication, students must submit four (4) copies of the thesis draft to the Faculty for Pre-viva. Pre Viva Assessment Form must be submitted together with the thesis draft. SECTION 29 : NOTICE OF THESIS SUBMISSION 29.1 A Masters or PhD student is required to submit Notice of Thesis Submission on IPS Online, at least three (3) months prior to submitting six (6) copies of the thesis for Masters Students and seven (7) copies of the thesis for PhD students. 17 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 29.2 A student's status must be active in order to submit this notice. 29.3 A student has to submit a written application endorsed by the main supervisor requesting for an extension of the notice of submission of the thesis if he/she failed to submit the required number of copies after the three (3) months period. SECTION 30 : SUBMISSION OF DRAFT COPIES OF THE THESIS 30.1 Submission of thesis must be made during the period of candidature and after the students have fullled the minimum publication requirement and the minimum period of candidature. 30.2 The IPS will not accept any thesis that has not been written in accordance with the prescribed format as in the UMP Thesis Guide. 30.3 Students must submit a softcopy of the thesis draft to the library for plagiarism check. The plagiarism report must be approved by the supervisor. 30.4 A Masters student must submit six (6) copies of thesis draft and seven (7) copies of thesis draft for PhD student for oral examination (Viva Voce) together with the Plagiarism Checker Report, pre-viva assessment form, two (2) peer review articles and one (1) journal for PhD student and one (1) peer review article for Masters students. 30.5 If there is any change to the title of the draft copies of thesis from the original title in the Notice of Submission of Thesis form, the student has to obtain a written conrmation from the main supervisor and approval from the Dean/Director of the Faculty/Centre using the available form before the thesis can be submitted to the IPS. SECTION 31 : THE VIVA VOCE (ORAL EXAMINATION) 31.1 The viva voce or oral defense will be scheduled by the IPS and the student must be present at the viva voce session.18 Section A: Rules for Postgraduate by Research 31.2 The Panel of Examiners consists of the following: a Chairman (cross Faculty), Dean or Dean Representative (Faculty Committee), External Examiner(s), Internal Examiner, Supervisor and a Secretary. 31.3 The IPS will submit the list of corrections to the student after the viva voce and he/she should work on the list of corrections during the time frame given. If the student did not submit the Final (hard bound) thesis to the IPS within the time frame, he/she is considered as fail. 31.4 A Masters student must submit six (6) copies of corrected thesis draft and seven (7) copies of corrected thesis draft for PhD students, List of Corrections and Endorsement of Correction Form together with the Plagiarism Checker Report and Draft Thesis Submission Form to the IPS. 31.5 In the case where a student is required by the Panel of Examiners to resubmit the thesis for re-examination (re-viva), he/she must submit six (6) copies of corrected thesis draft for masters and seven (7) copies of corrected thesis draft for PhD student to the IPS together with the List of Corrections form endorsed by the Main Supervisor. 31.6 A student may submit the thesis for re-examination twice (2) only. If the student has to do further corrections after his/her rst viva voce, a second re-examination (re-viva), which is considered 'nal' is to be conducted. The Board of Examiners will recommend a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ after the second re-examination. Re-submission of the hardbound corrected thesis must be made within a period of not more than 9 months. During this time, the student must continue to be a registered student of the university. SECTION 32 : SUBMISSION OF THE FINAL COPY OF THESIS 32.1 A student is required to submit three (3) hardbound copies of the thesis to the IPS. The student is required to upload the nal thesis in PDF format to IPS online for Postgraduate. 32.2 The submission of the nal thesis must be enclosed together with the complete Final Thesis Submission Form endorsed by the Main Supervisor, Examiners and Dean/Director of the Faculty/Centre/Unit. 32.3 If the Main Supervisor/Co-Supervisor or the Internal Examiner is the Dean/Director of the Faculty/Centre where the student is registered, the endorsement and approval of Final Thesis Submission Form will be ocially endorsed by the Dean of IPS.19 Section B: Guidelines for Postgraduate by Research SECTION 33 : PLAGIARISM AND STATEMENT OF DECLARATION 33.1 In submitting the nal copies of thesis, each student must sign a declaration form stating that the thesis is his/her own work. 33.2 Students may be guilty of plagiarism if they used someone else's work as their own without citing the source in their thesis. This includes direct copying, rephrasing, summarizing, taking someone else's idea and putting it in dierent words or directly quoting passages or ideas but citing the work as a general source. SECTION 34 : SMART CARD 34.1 A smartcard is issued to all registered students of the Universiti Malaysia Pahang. This card is non-transferable. 34.2 Loss of the smartcard must be reported immediately to the IPS. A card replacement fee of RM60 will be charged. SECTION 35 : DRESS CODE 35.1 A student must observe the rules for the stipulated dress code of the University and be appropriately attired at all times. SECTION 36 : GENERAL PROVISION 36.1 Any other methods of execution can be made under any provision of the Academic Rules & Regulations. All methods of execution made must be followed. However, the Senate reserved the rights to amend any rules and regulations from time to time when the need arises to do so. Section B Guidelines for Postgraduate by Research