I - Objectives
Art.1 - The LNCC 'stricto sensu' Graduate Program in Computational Modeling is primarily oriented towards the training of Doctors and Masters. Based on an overall assessment of the candidate and considering their potential facing the Program proposal.
Art.2 - The fundamental graduate academic orientation program at LNCC is to train researchers with the capacity to deal with interdisciplinary models.
II - Graduate Coordination (COPGA), former SAAFRH
Art.3 - The COPGA is responsible for all teaching and graduate activities developed by the LNCC and it are structured by a Human Resources Research and Training Board (CPFRH), the Graduate Committee (CPG) and some Commissions.
- The Human Resources Research and Training Board (CPFRH) has as main attribution to establish the policy and guidelines for all the training human resources activities at the LNCC, it is composed by 11 (eleven) members: The LNCC Director, as President; The head of each LNCC Research Coordination chosen by its scientific technical staff; a representative of each LNCC research coordination.
- The Graduate Committee (CPG) is responsible for the didactic-scientific management of the "stricto sensu" Graduate Program in Computational Modeling and it is constituted by the chief of the COPGA, by a teaching staff representative from each Coordination; and a student chosen by the students of the 'stricto sensu' Graduate Program.
- The Administration Committee (CADM) is responsible for the administrative management of the Graduate Course in Computational Modeling and is composed by a representative of each LNCC Research Coordination, chosen by its scientific/technical staff.
- The Extension Committee (CEXT) is responsible for the administrative and didactic-scientific management of ‘latu sensu’ Graduate Courses and Extension offered by the LNCC and it is constituted by a representative of each LNCC Coordination, chosen by its scientific/tecnical staff.
III - The Academic Structure
Art.4 - The Graduate Program in Computational Modeling has a maximum duration of 36 (thirty-six) months for the Master Degree and 72 (seventy-two) months for the Doctoral Degree.
Paragraph 1 - Upon justified request of the student, this maximum term may be extended for up to 12 (twelve) months, by decision of the Human Resources Research and Training Board (CPFRH).
Paragraph 2 – Dissertation or thesis defense postponement, upon justified request of the graduate student, may be granted by decision of the Human Resources Research and Training Board (CPFRH), based on the credits validity limits of 5 (five) years respected for the Master Degree and 10 (ten) years for the Doctoral Degree.
Art.5 - The graduate course will consist of disciplines and thesis research papers related to the area of Computational Modeling.
Paragraph 1 - The disciplines are organized in 03 (three) major groups:
GA Group - constituting the compulsory core and basic core
GB Group - consisting by advanced disciplines
Group GC - consisting by seminars
Paragraph 2 - GA basic core subjects will be offered in three consecutive trimesters. All students must compulsorily attend to a minimum number of these disciplines within a coherent academic program in accordance with Articles 14 and 15.
Paragraph 3 - The program of activities to be accomplished by the graduate student will be proposed by the responsible advisor, taking into account the nature of the research to be developed and the student's training stage. The Graduate Committee must approve this program of activities.
Paragraph 4 - When deemed appropriate for student training, disciplines of other graduate programs may be included in the student's program of activities.
Paragraph 5 - If the student, upon joining the LNCC program, has already obtained credits in graduate courses at another institution, he or she may require validation of disciplines.
Paragraph 6 - At the discretion of the Human Resources Research and Training Board, up to 24 credits (8 disciplines) may be accepted in disciplines for the Master and Doctoral degrees obtained at other properly authorized institutions.
Art.6 - To each discipline will be assigned a number of credits.
Sole Paragraph - Each unit of credit corresponds to twelve (12) theoretical class-hours or up to 24 hours of classroom practice, or 36 hours of supervised research work, supervised internship, or laboratory activities, properly registered.
IV- Students Admission
Art.7 - The candidate must meet the following minimum requirements: completed the full graduation degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics or in an area related to the concentration areas of this graduate program; demonstrated academic performance consistent with the program requirements; presented, within the established deadlines, the required documentation.
Art.8 - The admission request analysis of the candidate will be made according to specific norms by selection committees, specially designated by the Human Resources Research and Training Board.
Paragraph 1 - Regular students are those accepted as candidates to the academic titles offered by the program (Master and Doctoral Degree).
Paragraph 2 - Special students are those who are not enrolled as Regular students, but are enrolled in isolated disciplines.
Art.9 - Each Regular student will be guided in his or her activities by one of the program teachers.
Paragraph 1 - The deadline to choose the advisor and (possible) co-advisor for the Doctoral is one (1) year after the start of the course (4 full trimesters), and for the Master, 6-month (2 full trimesters).
Paragraph 2 - If the student does not comply with the rule above, he or she will be prevented from enrolling in the subsequent trimester.
V - Didactic Regime and Evaluation System
Art.10 - The achievement in each discipline will have the final degree expressed through concepts according to the following table:
Paragraph 1 - The concept 'I' is assigned to the student who, for a fair reason, has not completed the research paper and tests required in the discipline during the due period. The concept 'I' can only remain in the school grades for 01 trimester, and after this period it has to be transformed into one of the other concepts.
Paragraph 2 - The concept 'T' refers to disciplines whose credits obtained in other institutions were accepted in the credits accounting of the candidate.
Art.11 - The quotient between the total of points obtained and the number of credits taken will calculate the average of each period.
Sole paragraph – It is understood as points the product of credit number of a discipline by, the numerical equivalence of the concept obtained.
Art.12 - The student will be disconnected from the course if he or she:
- exhausts the maximum period for the conclusion of the course, according to Art. 4;
- does not obtain, at the end of the first trimester of the year, revenue coefficient, CR, equal to or greater than two (2);
- obtains, in two consecutive school trimesters, CR lower than 3 (three), except in cases judged exceptional, evaluated by the Graduate Committee after a global analysis of the student's performance;
- can not fulfill any of the requirements specified in articles 14 or 15, respectively for the Master and Doctoral degrees;
- presents behavior deemed unethical by the Human Resources Research and Training Board.
Art.13 - It will be allowed to the student a justified locking enrollment request from the program.
Paragraph 1 - The maximum period of locking enrollment in the program is 03 (three) academic trimesters, whether or not they are completed.
Paragraph 2 - However, it will not be allowed locking enrollment request within the first trimester of the course.
Paragraph 3 - The deadline for requesting the locking enrollment from the program will be the same established for the locking enrollment from isolated disciplines, or at any time at the CPG discretion.
Art.14 - It will receive the Master Degree in Computational Modeling a student who satisfies the following requirements:
- Attend the three compulsory disciplines of the equivalent GA group with a degree greater than or equal to 'C' in each of the disciplines.
- The student may retake the compulsory discipline the next time it is offered, proving that the other requirements for remaining in the Program are accomplish. The two grades obtained will be kept in the school grades. If the graduate student does not achieve grades greater or equal to 'C' in the second attempt, he or she shall be ordered to withdraw independently of the CR;
- Complete the minimum number of 15 credits in disciplines GA or GB up to the fifth regular period in order to total 24 credits, with CR equal to or greater than three (3).
- Obtain more than 80% attendance in the GC group seminars during the first year of enrollment in the Program;
- Be approved in English language reading and writing qualification exam;
- Complete Master Dissertation in accordance with Chapter VI.
Sole paragraph - At discretion of the Human Resources Research and Training Board other requirements, established in a specific resolution may be asked.
Art.15 - It will receive the title (or degree) of Doctoral a student who satisfies the following requirements:
- Take at least 27 credits in disciplines GA: 9 credits in relation to 3 compulsory disciplines, obtaining a grade greater or equal to 'C' in each one of the disciplines; 18 credits (6 disciplines) in other GA disciplines, 6 credits (2 disciplines) in each of the three defined groups of disciplines: Computer Group, Modeling Group and Applied Mathematics Group. Credits completed in disciplines GA beyond the minimum required number can be converted into credits of GB disciplines.
- The student may retake the compulsory discipline the next time it is offered, proving that the other requirements for remaining in the Program are accomplish. The two degrees obtained will be kept in the academic record. If the student does not achieve grades greater or equal to 'C' in the second attempt, he or she shall be ordered to disconnected regardless of the CR;
- Complete a minimum of 21 credits by the end of the 1st year in the disciplines of group GA, with CR equal to or greater than three (3); The remaining 6 credits must be completed by the end of the 2nd school year, totaling a CR of at least three in all disciplines of the GA Group;
- Complete a minimum of 27 credits by the end of the 2nd year in the disciplines of group GB, with CR equal to or greater than three (3);
- Obtain more than 80% attendance in the GC group seminars during the first two years of enrollment in the Program;
- Be approved in the Qualification Examination, in accordance with the Article 16;
- Submit after one year of the Qualification Examination to the Doctoral Degree presentation, 1 (one) Series A seminar, and obtain a satisfactory concept issued by a board of examiners, constituted of at least three members, being one external member;
- Be approved inn examination of reading and writing skills in two foreign languages, one of them being English;
- Complete the Doctoral Thesis in accordance with Chapter VI.
Sole paragraph - At discretion of the Human Resources Research and Training Board other requirements, established in a specific resolution may be asked.
Art.16 - The qualification examination has the character of a doctoral thesis proposal examination. The candidate should select the examination discipline, with the advisor concordance, and prepare a review article on it. The Examination must be presented at a 50-minute public seminar followed by argumentation from a board of examiners, composed of at least three members, following specific rules.
Paragraph 1 - Only the student who has completed the provisions of items (i), (ii) and (iii) of Article 15 shall be entitled to take the Qualification Exam.
Paragraph 2 – The Graduate Committee shall designate a Special Committee, called Qualification Committee composed by four (4) teaching staff members.
Paragraph 3 - The Qualification Committee referred in Paragraph 2 shall be responsible for the approval of the examining boards and shall also be responsible for the application of the Qualification Exam in accordance with the specific rules.
Paragraph 4 - It will be considered approved the student that obtains a satisfactory concept by the examining board majority. In case of a tie the candidate will not be approved.
Paragraph 5 - If the candidate is not approved, the Graduate Committee together with the Qualification Committee shall establish a new term, within a period of twelve (12) months after the first exam, and the theme for the second and last Examination (Art. 16, Paragraph 3 of the general rules).
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VI - Mater Degree Dissertation and Doctoral Degree Thesis
Art.17 - The Master Degree Dissertation will be composed by a monograph that reveals domain of the chosen subject, ability to systematize it and scientific spirit compatible with the proposal of the Graduate Program in Computational Modeling.
Art.18 - The Doctoral thesis will be composed by a monograph that should represent original work, importing innovative contribution of a technical-scientific nature, compatible with the proposal of the Graduate Program in Computational Modeling.
Art.19 - To elaborate the Master Dissertation or Doctoral Thesis, the student must have an internal advisor accredited by the Human Resources Research and Training Board.
Sole paragraph – In case of having an external advisor, the advisor will need to be properly accredited by the Human Resources Research and Training Board.
Art.20 - The Master Dissertation or Doctoral Thesis will be judged by the Examining Committee, approved by the Graduate Committee composed of a minimum of 03 (three) members, being at least 01 (one) external for the Master degree, or for a minimum of 04 (four) members, being at least 02 (two) external for the Doctoral degree.
Paragraph 1 - The supervisor of the Master Dissertation or the Doctoral Thesis will be the President of the Examining Committee.
Paragraph 2 - When the student has more than one advisor, only one can be part of the examination board. In this case, he or she has to be the president.
Art.21 - The candidate whose examination board had the approval of a majority of the members of the Graduate Committee will be considered authorized to undergo a public examination of a Master Dissertation defense or a Doctoral Thesis defense.
Art.22 - Once established in Article 19, the candidate must present the essential results of his or her dissertation/thesis in a 50-minute public session followed by an argument. The candidate who obtains the approval of the members’ majority from the Examining Committee will be considered APPROVED.
Paragraph 1 - The student must submit to the GOPGA Secretary as many printed copies of the dissertation or thesis for each and every member of the Examining Board plus one, within 30 (thirty) days before the date foreseen for oral defense.
Paragraph 2 - The Examining Committee may require modifications and grant a deadline for the representation of the work within the expected duration of the course, through a reasoned opinion.
Paragraph 3 - Once approved by the Examining Committee, the candidate must provide three (3) printed copies of the final version of the dissertation or thesis, according to COPGA's own model, two copies will be delivered to the secretary and one to the advisor who will issue Receipt statement to be attached with the rest of the documentation. A copy of the thesis in CD and an authorization term completed within 30 (thirty) days after the date of approval must be provided to conclude the documentation.
VII - General and Transitional Provisions
Art.23 - The teachers of the Graduate program must be accredited through specific norms and resolutions properly approved by the CPFRH (Human Resources Research and Training Board)
Art.24 - The omissions will be solved by the Human Resources Research and Training Board.
Art.25 - The approval of resolutions that regulate the application of this program’s regulations shall require a quorum majority of at least two thirds of the Human Resources Research and Training Board members.
Art.26 - This program’s regulations shall come into force on the date of their approval by the Human Resources Research and Training Board and by the LNCC CTC (Technical Scientific Council).