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Feng Chia University Department of Materials Science and Engineering Academic Notifications for Master’s Students


Approved During 2nd Department Affairs Meeting on 2004/09/15

Ratified and Promulgated by the University President on 2006/07/20

Amended During the 9th Department Affairs Meeting on 2010/04/01

Ratified and Promulgated by the University President on 2010/05/16

Amended During the 5th Department Affairs Meeting on 2012/02/23

Ratified by the University President on 2012/03/14

Promulgated by the Department Director on 2012/03/20


Article 1: These notifications are stipulated in accordance with Feng Chia University’s (hereafter referred to as ‘FCU’) “Examination Policies for PhD and Master’s Degrees.”


Article 2: The Master’s degree courses offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (hereafter referred to as ‘the department’) are divided into ‘required courses’ and ‘elective courses’; subjects offered for the current academic year will be shown in the department’s “Required and Elective Course Listing for Master’s Students.”


Article 3: In order to graduate from the department, Master’s students are required to study 24 course credits (these course credits do not include the graduate student’s dissertation and specialized topics).


Article 4: Program Requirements:

1.      For the previous two academic years, graduate students in the department’s Master’s program must have studied between 3 and 12 course credits per semester. With approval from the director of the department, graduate students may exceed this maximum by 1 or 2 course credits.

2.      The core electives: ‘Solid State Physics’, ‘Phase Transformation’, ‘Diffusion in Solids’ – of these three courses, graduate students must choose two – and ‘Transmission Electron Microscopy’ and ‘Scanning Electron Microscopy’ – of these two courses, graduate students must choose one.


Article 5: Master’s program examinations include semester examinations, course examinations, and degree examinations.


Article 6: Semester examinations:

Ordinary examinations, mid-term examinations and final examinations will be made in accordance with the academic progress of the class as determined by the instructor.


Article 6-1: Thesis Advisor:

Choosing a thesis advisor shall be handled in accordance with the “Feng Chia University Department of Materials Science and Engineering Important Items for Master’s and PhD Students When Choosing a Thesis Advisor” and “Feng Chia University Department of Materials Science and Engineering Notifications for Advising Professors and Research Students.”


Article 7: Course Examinations:

1.       There are two course examination methods for the Master’s program; students shall choose one method; upon passing one of the following examination procedures, the student will have completed the course examination:

i.                     Apply for an Examination with the following content: Physical Metallurgy and Introduction to Material Science.

ii.                  The five core courses: ‘Solid State Physics’, ‘Phase Transformation’, ‘Diffusion in Solids’, ‘Transmission Electron Microscopy’, ‘Scanning Electron Microscopy’ – to pass, students should be in the top sixty percent for these courses.

2.       The department’s course examinations will be held once per semester. An announcement will be made at the beginning of each semester regarding the examination time and location. Upon the start of the semester, and within the stipulated time, Master’s students are expected to put forward their application for examination. The application form must be approved and signed by the advising professor and then delivered to the department’s academic affairs for processing.

3.       The course examinations are ninety minutes. One hundred percent is considered the highest grade, while seventy percent is considered the minimum grade required to pass. If the student does not pass the course examination, and the student has not surpassed the allowable study duration, he or she must apply to re-test in the next semester or the next academic year.


Article 8: Degree Examinations:

1.      Degree examinations:

i.                    After passing the department’s course examinations for Master’s students, the student must apply to participate in the degree examination.

ii.                  The applying student should apply before the beginning of April or November of the academic year. Applications must include the application form and a copy of the dissertation. These qualifications are then confirmed by the graduate student’s advising professor and adopted during a department affairs meeting.

2.      Holding Degree examinations:

i.                    The department’s degree examinations for Master’s students will be held once per semester.

ii.                  The department director will determine the date and location of the degree examinations, as well as notify the graduate students two weeks prior to the degree examination.

iii.                The degree examination is one hour.

iv.                The content of the degree examination is limited to the scope of the dissertation.

3.      Degree examination grade calculation:

i.                    The highest possible score on the examination is 100 points. Seventy points are required to pass. The score shall be determined by the average of scores submitted anonymously by the degree examination committee members in attendance. However, if more than half of the committee members submit failing scores, the candidate will be considered to have failed the examination.

ii.                  If the candidate fails and the duration of study has not yet expired, he or she may re-apply to take the degree examination the following semester or academic year. The test may only be retaken once. If a candidate does not pass a second time, he or she will be required to withdraw from the program. On the re-test, the highest possible score is 70 points regardless of the actual score achieved.

4.      Degree examination committee selection:

i.                 The University president shall select the Degree examination committee.

ii.                  The Master’s degree examination committee members should possess one of the following qualifications:

a.       Former professor, associate professor or assistant professor.

b.      Served as a fellow, researcher or assistant researcher at the Academia Sinica.

c.       Achieved a PhD degree, with significant academic achievements.

d.      Belong to a rare or specialized academic discipline with significant academic achievements (the standards for the qualifications mentioned in clauses c and d shall be set by a department affairs meeting).

iii.                 The department’s Master’s degree examination committee shall be made up of three members. The University president shall appoint one committee member to be the committee convener. The advising professor will of course be part of the oral examination committee but cannot serve as the convener. At least one member of the committee must be a full-time professor in the department.

iv.                 During the degree examinations, all three of the Master’s degree committee members must be personally present and are not allowed to entrust a proxy to act as his or her representative.



Article 9: These rules were adopted during a committee meeting of the department, ratified and promulgated by the President of FCU. Revisions shall be handled in the same manner.