Academia, Personal Blog

My Think Tank Blog Plan from November 2018 until January 2019. Qualification Exams

Berkeley, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 6:30 PM

Dear followers and readers.

Thanks for have been checking this blog in a frequent basis, by either liking posts, or following or subscribed to it to get notifications when I post, or the most brave, who is mainly a sentimental connected person, Jian, by commenting, or by just checking by curiosity to learn who I am, and what I have written.

I learned an interested comment from Prof. Arpad Horvath, who is a prolific and efficient reviewer, in a class in Fall 2017: “I get to know you by what you write”.

You might have noticed that I have decreased my posting frequency and you might realized that I have been posting reading summaries, and not to much about my daily adventures, learnings, shortcomings, anymore.

The reasons are that partially, I already analyze them in an oral discussion with my girlfriend, Jian, and the ‘easy’ reason, is lack of time for blogging.

I am living a key point in my path towards the doctoral degree, which is the qualification exams. The qualification exams is the gate in the American Universities to allow you to continue moving forward to a stage, where the main focus is finishing your dissertation. Passing the qualification exams means that you have the knowledge, skills, creativity and tools for completing the dissertation at your department. The contrast outcome is to stop you to make adjustments in your preparation with an option of retaking it, and third outcome is to ask you to stop and leave the the program. Thus, those are the three possible outcomes: (i) pass, (ii) no pass but with retake option, or (iii) not pass with not option for retaking.

My qualification exams have four sections, three from my department, which is Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and one section from an additional degree that I am taking, which is Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. The sections for my exam are the following:

  1. History and Theories Underlying the Field of Environmental Planning, with Particular Emphasis on Watershed and Energy Planning.
  2. Research Methods.
  3. Inside Field: Sediment Management and Sediment Connectivity for Hydropower Planning at the Watershed Scale, and Spatial Analysis for Energy Planning.
  4. Global Metropolitan Studies

My timeline is the following has the following deadlines:

  • Nov 2, 2018. Essays of literature review are due
  • Nov 9, 2018 I start the written exam
  • Nov 30, 2018 Written papers are due
  • Dec 14, 2018 Oral examination.

The oral examination has a format of 3:30 hours, where I meet with the committee to test my knowledge, but not necessarily my opinion.

After 30 minutes of the oral examination, I will be informed about the results.

If the exam goes well. The next step in the process to advance to candidacy is to to finish and file my research prospectus. I will focus on finish that work from December 15 and January 7.

An expected deadline to complete all the process for my advance in candidacy is January 11, 2019.

I want to inform you that I still will post in this blog about my life, thoughts, exam progress or readings to keep you updated, but the posting frequency will decrease until mid-January.

My motivation to writing, instead of saying I will be in silence, which actually was my first idea to say when I started this notification post, is that this writing produce clear thinking. Thus, it is a productive break and keep on track.

My journey to the advancement in candidacy has started!

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