Sports and Health Science

Dissertation Evaluation Criteria

Graduate School of Sports and Health Science Thesis Examination Evaluation Criteria

Examination overview

To examine a master's thesis and conduct a final examination or check academic skills, the Graduate School of Sports and Health Science establishes an examination committee for degree conferment.
The examination committee consists of one examiner and two sub-examiners for each master's thesis. To ensure fairness with respect to an evaluation, the instructor supervising the relevant student is never selected as a member of the above committee. One of the two sub-examiners is selected from among teachers who specialize in areas other than the area the student submitting a master's thesis belongs to.
For the student expected to complete the program, an examination committee calls a thesis proposal presentation meeting and a thesis presentation examination meeting. These meetings are all open to the public.

Examination method

a. Thesis proposal presentation meeting (middle of May in the second year)

All the teachers belonging to the Graduate School of Sports and Health Science comprehensively evaluate the relevant thesis proposal regarding the level, originality, methodology, and other aspects of the relevant research and then report the results of their evaluation to the examination committee.

b.Thesis presentation examination meeting (end of January in the second year)

This meeting is conducted with all the teachers belonging to the Graduate School of Sports and Health Science in attendance. However, the final oral presentation is examined by the examination committee for the relevant thesis consisting of one examiner and two sub-examiners. Slide creation skills and oral presentation skills in terms of presentation details, question-and-answer performance, and so on are comprehensively evaluated using the grades, S (Excellent), A (Very good), B (Good), C (Fair), and D (Not acceptable), and the results are reflected in the thesis examination session.

c.Thesis examination:

The examination committee consisting of one examiner and two sub-examiners evaluates the thesis from the following viewpoints:
1) The research theme reflects the content of the thesis. 2) Earlier research has been reviewed and a research problem has been identified appropriately. 3) The presentation which incorporates a chapter structure flows smoothly. 4) Research methods have been selected and used appropriately. 5) There is no problem in terms of ethics. 6) The presentation including how charts and tables are treated and displayed is appropriate and its volume is adequate. 7) The hypothesis is proved appropriately. 8) All the obtained results have been logically considered. In addition to the above, whether the author can be found to possess both research capabilities necessary for conducting independent research activities as a researcher or being engaged in other high-level expertise-required jobs and a rich scholarly knowledge that forms the basis of such capabilities is comprehensively examined, and evaluated using the grades, Excellent (80 points or over), Good (70 points for over), Fair (60 points for over), Not acceptable (59 points or below).

d. Judgment meeting (early March)

To finalize the evaluation, a graduate school committee meeting is held so that the examination committee reports the examination results and that Pass (P: PASS)/Fail (N: NOT PASS) judgment is made for degree conferment.