Friday, 8 February 2008

SOME ADVICES FROM PEOPLE HAD AWARDED DOCTORATE DEGREE



1. PhD student should be able to ask a lot. You must be able to critically attack your own work (and others' works).

2. You must be able to think 'OUT OF THE BOX'!

3. PhD student should be able to voice out and defend his/her thesis by showing convincing experimental results, using appropriate definitions, wordings, or classifications, etc...

4. PhD student should has a good research mentality. You must be motivated to explore new things and do not give up easily when they encounter failures... "Courage to fail is pathway to innovation =)".

5. PhD student should have the ability to relate things (that is seemingly unrelated) with their own research topics, some connections may help to answer the previously unanswered questions...

6. PhD student should be able to find information when needed (e.g. by exploring your University digital library, browsing wikipedia, googling, etc)!

7. PhD student should read literature review surrounding his/her thesis to be very familiar with the current state-of-the-art knowledge and in the other hand, making sure that he/she does not reinvent the wheel!

8. PhD student must constantly monitor what is happening around his/her area, especially the newly published works.

9. PhD student should be able to do multiple tasks at any time. If you become supervisor someday, you'll need to juggle between supervising 5-10 projects, teaching duties, administrative stuffs, plus your family (if you decide to marry someone), etc...

10. For every things that he/she do, PhD student should think of the main idea, how this work will be related to his/her main thesis!

11. PhD student should create a carefully designed research plan with timings, milestone, research goals/objectives, strategic research vision, etc. All of these should be properly formulated to avoid wasting time or wandering in the wrong direction. Frequent contact with your supervisor will help to reduce the problems around this issue.

12. PhD student should keep producing a lot of ideas. Few are useful, most of the others will be just failures. It is worth to note that good ideas exist not because of sudden leap of understanding. They exist only after conceiving many ideas that do not work before arriving at the one that works.

13. PhD student must be good in written/spoken English. Try to read good English magazines/newspapers, e.g. Time, Reader Digest, etc to improve your English language skill, especially grammar/thesaurus/writing skill! It is useful when you need to write long scientific documents in English. Also try to speak more English in various settings to improve your language skill. It is useful for your presentations.

Sources: National University of Singapore

5 comments:

HBJ said...

Mizam, rasanya bagus jugak kalau you mulakan penelitian berkaitan literatur dalam subjek yang akan you terokai...

AZMIZAM ABDUL RASHID said...

Thank you Dr, Sebenarnya dalam masa dua minggu ini, saya sedang membuat penelitian dan pemahaman mendalam mengenai teori agung klasik ekonomi Islam dan ekonomi oleh Ibnu Kaldun,Ibni Tarmiyah, Adam Smith, Kynes, David Ricardo, Karl Marx dan lain-lain.

Bagaimana teori-teori ini ada perkaitan secara langsung dan tidak langsung dengan teori konsep ekonomi bandar, perancangan gunatanah, pembangunan bandar dan wilayah.

Setelah itu baru pula mengkaji falsafah globalisasi ekonomi dan kesannya kepada perancangan bandar dan pihak berkuasa tempatan.

Pada mulanya saya ingin membuat kajian literatur terus mengenai ekonomi bandar yang dikemukakan oleh Arthur O Sullivan. Tetapi setelah membaca teori ekonomi bandar ini(teori moden ekonomi), terfikir oleh saya sebelum ekonomi bandar ini ujud mesti telah ada teori-teori lain sebelum tercetusnya ekonomi bandar ini.

Setelah kefahaman ini diperolehi dan dihayati baru saya meneroka bidang yang akan saya kaji....Pelan pembangunan,Pihak Berkuasa tempatan, Ekonomi bandar dan Entreprenuial City

ZLAA said...

Salam ziarah. Welcome to the lonely world of PhD. Mudahan berjaya selalu. All the best.

HBJ said...

Mizam,

Mungkin boleh ditambah satu aspek lagi, iaitu keefisienan bandar....

AZMIZAM ABDUL RASHID said...

Ok.. Thank you.. saya cuba terokai perkaitan bidang ini..keefisienan bandar....Satu perkara yang perlu dikaji dan penting.

Ini adalah setelah kefahaman dan perkaitan Pelan pembangunan,Pihak Berkuasa tempatan, Ekonomi bandar dan Entreprenuial City diperolehi apa yang paling penting adalah keefisienan bandar... mereka yang akan tinggal di bandar dan menguruskan bandar itu.

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