Factors affecting timely completion of a PhD: a complex systems approach

Pitchforth, Jegar and Beames, Stephanie and Thomas, Aleysha and Falk, Matthew and Farr, Charisse and Gasson, Susan and Thamrin, Sri Astuti and Mengersen, Kerrie (2012) Factors affecting timely completion of a PhD: a complex systems approach. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12 (4). pp. 124-135. ISSN 1527-9316

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Completing a PhD on time is a complex process, influenced by many interacting factors. In this paper we take a Bayesian Network approach to analyzing the factors perceived to be important in achieving this aim. Focusing on a single research group in Mathematical Sciences, we develop a conceptual model to describe the factors considered to be important to students and then quantify the network based on five individual perspectives: the students, a supervisor and a university research students centre manager. The resultant network comprised 37 factors and 40 connections, with an overall probability of timely completion of between 0.6 and 0.8. Across all participants, the four factors that were considered to most directly influence timely completion were personal aspects, the research environment, the research project, and incoming skills.

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Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2019 02:23
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 05:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: bayesian network, graduation, skills, environment, personal, project
Fields of Research (2008): 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 49 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 4905 Statistics > 490599 Statistics not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36046

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