AUL-Legazpi

Research

Student Research Development Program

All AQuinian students, in order to fulfill all academic requirements in the University, must undergo a major research activity in his/her chosen field. It is consequently necessary that there should be a student research development program.

The Student Research Development Program must be sensitive and sensible to the prevailing conditions of the locality and must be able to characterize the reasonable pluralism inherent in the socio-cultural, socio-political, and socio-economic contexts of the society. Hence, all student research activities regardless of the different natures of departments and colleges must adhere to the identified research theme and articulated research agenda given the advocacies of the University. Doing researches in one direction means maximization and optimization of both human and non-human resources.

The College Research Council has the power to endorse or reject research topics as proposed by the college students. This is to ensure that the programs remain consistent with the University Research Agenda. One of its tasks is to recommend to the Academic Research Bureau the list of thesis advisers, panel chairpersons, panel members, editors, and statisticians for the successful conduct of research in its entire process. The Research Course Instructors have the assignment to assist the college students in the performance of their research work. The various research outputs will be highly significant for the public information and dissemination of the community in diverse fields including and not limited to faculty research activities.

Guidelines for Undergraduate Thesis/Research

  1. All AQuinian students, in order to fulfill all academic requirements in the University, must undergo a major research activity in his/her chosen field. Conversely, thesis research is only a partial major requirement of a given program.
  2. All AQuinian students shall have to complete two major research subjects equivalent to six credit units.
  3. Thesis 101 (Research 101, Research Design, Feasibility Study, or Project Design generally described as Methods of Research) should focus on the formulation of the thesis title and the approval of the proposal; Thesis 102 (generally described as Research in the Discipline) should target on the conduct of the final defense and the submission of bound manuscript and read-only CD copy of the final manuscript.
  4. The thesis topic and/or title should be approved by the College Research Council (CRC). The CRC shall ensure that the student research is along the articulated research theme and agenda and in consideration of the thirteen advocacies of the university. The panel during proposal defense should focus on the content of the first three chapters and not on the thesis topic and/or title.
  5. The student research may be done singly, in tandem, or group-based, depending on the policy, tradition, and/or practice of the program provided that the quality and integrity of research are not compromised.
  6. All AQuinian students should conform to the standard format of research set by the university. Only in specified areas of the research format denoting special characteristics of the program research shall inclusion or exclusion be allowed.
  7. All forms will be prepared by the Office of Academic Affairs and will be issued to the respective colleges for distribution.
  8. The Qualifications and Functions for Research Adviser, Panel Chairperson and Members, Research Course Instructor, Editors, and Statisticians for the undergraduate academic research requirement are as follows:

    1. RESEARCH ADVISER
      • Qualifications of Research Adviser
        • must at least be a Master's Degree holder in his/her academic field
        • A professional license is required for faculty in the technical programs (Engineering, Architecture, Fine Arts)
        • In the absence of a Master's Degree or Professional License, desired skills and experience must be the basis for advisership
        • must be a faculty member of a Department where his/her academic field forms a part
        • is considered by his colleagues as expert on the object of the considered research
        • must be recommended by the College Research Council of his/her College to become part of the Pool of Research Advisers
      • Functions of Research Adviser
        A Research Adviser is responsible for:
        • advising the student in the preparation of the thesis proposal
        • guiding and monitoring student's undergraduate research
        • endorsing the research work for defense
        • checking the format of the manuscript
        • providing the general editing of the thesis
        • checking the organization and the contents of the work
        • providing ample time to his advisee in relation to thesis work
        • orienting the advisee on what might/will transpire in the defense session
        • attending the defense sessions of his/her advisee and ensure that suggestions are integrated in the work
    2. RESEARCH PANEL CHAIRPERSON
      • Qualifications of Research Panel Chairperson
        • at least a Master's Degree holder in his/her academic field
        • must be a faculty member of a Department where his/her academic field forms a part
        • considered by his/her colleagues as expert on the object of the considered research
        • recommended by the College Research Council of his/her College to become part of the Pool of Research Panel Chairpersons
      • Functions of Research Panel Chairperson
        A Research Panel Chairperson is responsible for:
        • assessing with other panel members, including the adviser, the appropriateness of the student's proposed research area/s, modes of analysis, and data selection
        • identifying shortcomings in any aspect of research plans and providing guidance for improvements
        • briefing students on possible challenges (ex. difficulties in accessing data or working in particular area/s)
        • ensuring that ethical approval is in place before research commences
        • ensuring justice in the theoretical considerations in the research paper
    3. RESEARCH PANEL MEMBER
      • Qualifications of Research Panel Member
        • preferably a Master's Degree holder in his/her academic field
        • must be a faculty member of a Department where his/her academic field forms a part
        • considered by his colleagues as expert on the object of the considered research
        • must be recommended by his/her College to become one of the members in a research panel
      • Functions of Research Panel Member
        • assist the Panel Chairperson in examining the entire research draft
        • evaluate both the content and form of the research draft
        • identify the inconsistencies and incoherence in the research draft
    4. RESEARCH COURSE INSTRUCTOR
      • Qualifications of Research Course Instructor (Research 101)
        • at least a Master's Degree holder in his/her academic field
        • should have relatively wide knowledge on research in general vis-√†-vis form, format, methods, approaches, and style
      • Functions of Research Course Instructor (Research 101)
        • become a member of the College Research Council
        • present to the council the proposed research topic/title/problem of the students for approval
        • present to the council the tentative schedule of research defense for approval
        • discuss the concepts and principles of research as identified in the prescribed research syllabus such as:
          • Research in General
          • Types of Research: Basic, Applied, and Evaluative
          • Kinds of Research: Quantitative vs. Qualitative
          • Parts of Research Study
          • Research Problem
          • Research Methodologies and Design
          • Research Format (AQ Version)
          • Types of Documentation: MLA, APA, Chicago Manual
          • AQ Research Program 2008-2011
          • AQ Research Theme and Agenda
        • explain all components in the AQ Research Program
        • explicate the form, format, and style of research
        • elucidate criteria for judging the paper
        • observe the prescribed grading system for research course
        • make sure that research students follow the research agenda, theme, advocacies and research categories, and are expressed as bases of the study
        • make sure that the prescribed format be followed
        • collate the grades given by the panel
        • compute for the final grade of research students
        • assure that research students follow the research process from the initial stage (formulation of research topic and/or title) to the final stage (submission of both softcopy and hardcopy of the completed research)
        • manage the research defense; physical presence is required
        • prepare, coordinate, and finalize the lists of research advisers and research panel compositions
    5. RESEARCH EDITOR
      • Qualifications of Research Editor
        • A faculty member of the Department of Literature and Languages, or
        • A recognized editor of his/her colleagues, or
        • As recommended by the College Research Council of his/her College to become part of the Pool of Editors
      • Functions of Research Editor
        • responsible for editing (only) the syntactic and semantic features of the manuscript
    6. RESEARCH STATISTICIAN
      • Qualifications of Research Statistician
        • preferably a Master's Degree holder in Statistics¬†
        • must be a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics
        • must be a recognized statistician of his/her colleagues
        • must be recommended by the College Research Council of his/her College to become part of the Pool of Statisticians
      • Functions of Research Statistician
        • expected to assist the researcher in the sampling procedure, statistical technique used, preparation of the research instrument, dummy tables, graphs, master data sheets, interpretation of data, and/or computation of test statistics
  9. The grading system for research course (Research 101 and/or equivalent depending on the program curriculum) will be as follows:
    • Preliminary Term
      • Term Test (30%)
      • Class Participation (25%)
      • Project (25%)
      • Quizzes (20%)
    • Middle Term
      • Term Test (30%)
      • (Modified Manuscript)
      • Academic Exercises
      • (Submission of 3 Chaps)
      • Chapter 1 (30%)
        • ntroduction, 5%
        • Problem, 10%
        • Scope/Limits, 5%
        • Significance, 10%
      • Chapter 2 (20%)
        • Literature (L/F), 5%
        • Studies (L/F), 5%
        • TF, 5%
        • CF, 5%
      • Chapter 3 (20%)
        • Design, 10%
        • Method, 10%
    • Final Term
      • Oral Defense (100%)
  10. The grading system for research defense (both for the proposal and final defenses) will be as follows:
    • Research Quality (60%)
      • Substance 40%
      • Mechanics 10%
      • Style Format 10%
    • Oral Defense (40%)
      • Clarity of Ideas 10%
      • Mastery of Topic 20%
      • Style of Presentation 10%
  11. Guidelines on Research Proposal Part
    1. Each student enrolled in a Research course should submit research topic and/or title on the second week of classes of the given semester.
    2. The CRC should convene to critique, recommend, and approve the submitted research topics and/or titles. In case there are research topics and/or titles that have not been approved, the student researchers concerned should be informed and must re-submit the title a week after. The student researchers cannot pursue the research unless the CRC approves their research topics and/or titles. (Please see AR-003 to be accomplished by the student researchers)
    3. Only after the CRC has approved the research topic and/or title that the concerned student researcher will have his/her research adviser. The research adviser must be selected from the pool of research advisers in consideration of the expertise of the professor on the concerned research topic and/or title.
    4. All students enrolled in Research subjects are expected to start submitting their research proposal two weeks after the midterm examination but not later than four weeks before the end of the given semester.
    5. All students enrolled in Research subjects are expected to submit their manuscripts to their respective advisers five days before the submission to the research instructor.
    6. The conduct of defense for the proposal documents can only be allowed two weeks after the midterm examination of the semester.
    7. The schedule of defense shall be prepared by the research instructor in coordination with the head of the CRC.
    8. The proposal defense will only be scheduled at least one week after the manuscript has been submitted. This will give the members of the panel enough time to read, critique, and evaluate the proposal document ready for defense.
    9. The proposal document must be submitted to the research instructor with the note of recommendation for defense by the research adviser. (See AR-004)
    10. Copies of the manuscript should be given to the panel members with a note from the research instructor that it is ready for defense. (See AR-005)
    11. Copies of the manuscript shall only be given to the panel members after the research instructor has scheduled the date of defense. The schedule of defenses shall be posted on the college bulletin board for public information.
    12. The research panel for the proposal defense shall be composed of a chairperson and two members. They are chosen based on the pools of panel chairpersons and members of the CRC. The presence of research adviser is required during the defense to facilitate in the conduct of the defense but he is not to be considered part of the panel. In the case of quantitative researches, a statistician may be required to be present during the defense.
    13. The CRC shall deliberate on the consideration of outside experts as part of the research panel in case the expertise needed and demanded by the research cannot be addressed by the pool of research panels in the university.
    14. The composed research panel will be the official panel of the student researcher(s) in the proposal defense. In cases of unexpected situations relative to the composition of the panel, the CRC has the power and burden of decision for substitution.
  12. Guidelines on Research Final Part
    1. All students enrolled in Research subjects are to submit their final research paper one week after the midterm examination but not later than four weeks before the end of the semester.
    2. All students enrolled in Research subjects are to submit their final research paper to their respective advisers one week before the submission to the research instructor.
    3. The conduct of final defense can only be allowed one week after the midterm examination of the first semester.
    4. The schedule of final defense shall be prepared by the research instructor in coordination with the head of the CRC.
    5. The final defense will only be scheduled at least one week after the final research paper has been submitted. This will give the members of the panel enough time to read, critique, and evaluate the final research paper ready for final defense.
    6. The final research paper must be submitted to the research instructor with the note of recommendation for final defense by the concerned research adviser. (See AR-004)
    7. Copies of the final research paper should be given to the panel members with a note from the research instructor that it is ready for defense. (See AR-005)
    8. Copies of the final research paper shall only be given to the panel members after the research instructor has scheduled the date of defense. The schedule of final defenses shall be posted on the college bulletin board for public information.
    9. The research panel for the final defense shall be composed of a chairperson and two members. They are chosen based on the pools of panel chairpersons and members of the CRC. The presence of research adviser is required during the defense to facilitate in the conduct of the defense but he is not to be considered part of the panel. In the case of quantitative researches, the statistician may be required to be present during the defense.
    10. The CRC shall deliberate on the consideration of outside experts in case the expertise needed and demanded by the research cannot be addressed by the pool of research panels in the university.
    11. The composed research panel will be the official panel of the student researcher(s) in the final defense. In cases of unexpected situations relative to the composition of the panel, the CRC has the power and burden of decision for substitution.
    12. After the final defense, the student researcher(s) will be given enough time to include the recommendations of the research panel. The final copy of the research paper should be submitted, however, within the week after the final examination.
    13. In case the research panel has decided for a re-defense, the student researcher(s) will be given a grace period of two weeks only to improve the research paper. After the grace period, re-defense shall be conducted. If the research paper has been approved, the student researcher(s) will be given the week after the final examination to submit the final copy of the research paper. If the research paper has still been rejected, the student researcher(s) will be given a grade of INC and will be allowed to complete the research requirement for the entire period of the following semester. Failure of completion would mean a grade of 65% for the final research requirement and re-enrolment of the course. In case the student researcher(s) submit(s) an improved paper, another defense will be scheduled for the purpose of completion.
    14. Final research paper can only be submitted if it is already signed by the editor, statistician if required, panel chair and members, adviser, and college dean respectively. A CD copy will also be required from the student researcher(s) in submitting the final hardbound copy of the final research paper.
    15. The undergraduate research format can be download here. (Note: A student researcher may design a new research format depending on the nature of his/her research design especially if the research is qualitative, exploratory type, and/or basic research)