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Preliminary Defence/ Colloquium

The Study and Examination Regulations for the Doctoral Degree Study Programmes of the University of Economics in Prague. November 26, 2013

Since academic year 2014/2015 Definition of the colloquium and the ‘little’ defence – From the Dean’s Decree N1/14 of 10th September, 2014, regarding the further duties of doctoral students of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Economics, Prague.

Preliminary Defence/Colloquium

Information and instructions

          • Preliminary Defence (hereinafter referred to as “PD”)/ Colloquium is a scientific debate over already in progress version of the doctoral dissertation. PhD student is defending his/her doctoral dissertation, procedures and results of his/her scientific activities.
          • The date when PD/Colloquium is held is usually laid down by the relevant Department.
          • The Student prepares for the PD/Colloquium according to the instructions of the Supervisor. At the Colloquium, ¾ of the PHD dissertation  should be completed. For the preliminary defence, the whole thesis should be completed.
          • PD/Colloquium is ensured by the relevant Department (in collaboration with the Supervisor) and the Department also informs all its members and doctoral students about the action (PD/Colloquium is open to the public and the attendance is explicitly recommended to PhD students).
          • The teachers or professionals in the field which were addressed by the Supervisor (or by theHead of the respective Department) express their opinion on the PhD thesis (in written or electronic form) and hand in their comments and questions to the PhD student at least a week in advance (the deadline for suggestions may be individually adjusted by the Department).
          • The output of the PD/Colloquium is a protocol. The responsibility for the executionof the protocol lies with the Supervisor, who immediately after the PD/Colloquium is finished, hands in the signed protocol to the Ing. Adriana Válová (RB 347) and forwards the copy of the protocol (e.g.via e-mail) to the PhD student.
          • PhD student hands in the thesis (in the form required by the Department)to the Department 4-5 weeks before the PD/Colloquium is held, and at the same time he/she sends it in electronic form to Ing. Válová to the following e-mail address: adriana.valova@vse.cz together with detailed information concerning the colloquium, so that the thesis could be placed in the Web application accessible for all who have a user’s account in the integrated study information system (InSIS).
          • If necessary, the Supervisor agrees in advance with Ing. Válová to ensure the translation of the Preliminiary defence (only for students of the English study programme)
          • The Student must have completed a DISSERTATION THESIS ASSIGNMENT (in the InSIS system) before the PD/Colloquium is held (the approved and signed thesis assignment must be placed in the documentation of the PhD student at the secretary of the PhD study). After the Preliminary defense is held, the disseratation can no longer be edited.

Article 17

Preliminary Defence

(1) Preliminary defence is the defence of the first draft of the thesis, before the staff of the department where the student conducts research, or where he belongs by virtue of the thesis topic. In case of doubt the department can be determined by the dean.

(2) The student submits the thesis to the head of the department, who organizes the preliminary defence without delay. The aim of the preliminary defence is to evaluate whether the thesis meets the requirements for such work. For this purpose, the head of the department can ask the opinion of other experts, including those from outside the VŠE.

(3) The record of the preliminary defence is kept, stating whether the thesis is recommended for defence or must be revised. The head of department presents the record immediately to the doctoral degree studies counsellor.

Article 11

Progressing to a Higher Year

(1) A student may enrol in the second year after he has passed at least two of the required examinations in the previous academic year, and has fulfilled other tasks set by theindividual study plan and the faculty´s regulations.

(2) A student may enrol in the third year after he has passed all required exams, fulfilled other assignments set by the individual study plan and the faculty´s regulations.

(3) A student may enrol in the fourth year after he has passed the SDE.

(4) A student may enrol in the fifth year after he has completed the preliminary defence.

(5) The maximum length of study is five years.

(6) In the on-site mode of study, a student may study for the standard period of time only;afterwards the student will be transferred to a combined, or distance, mode of study by the dean. The maximum length of study shall be as stated in paragraph 5.

(7) The enrolment in a higher year is effective as of the day of the approval given by the dean, based on the Report on the Progress of Studies.

(8) A student who does not meet the conditions for enrolment in a higher year may apply to the dean for a conditional enrolment, provided he applies immediately after the failure to meet the conditions becomes known to him.

(9) The enrolment in a higher year is carried out in the study record book and the information system.

Dean’s regulation 7/09 from April 30, 2009: Additional Duties of PhD students at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Economics, Prague (page 2 and 3)

Activity Distance form of study Supervisor’s role Organization
Active participation on colloquiums organized to support dissertation theses of other PhD students In accordance with the supervisor’s  recommendation Colloquium information is located on FBA web page
Discussion of dissertation thesis during colloquium before the preliminary defense After the first draft of the dissertation  thesis is completed It is organized by the supervisor with the cooperation of the Secretary for Doctoral Programs Secretary makes arrangements for the room