Master of Human Interface Technology - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

The Degree of Master of Human Interface Technology (MHIT)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2017 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website).

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Human Interface Technology

See also General Course and Examination Regulations.

1.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree

Every candidate for the Degree of Master of Human Interface Technology shall follow a course of study approved by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry and the Director of the Postgraduate Studies as laid down in these Regulations or those consistent with the regulations in the relevant Calendar at the time they began their candidacy. Where specific regulations require approval then these shall be by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry unless otherwise stated. In special circumstances the Dean of Engineering and Forestry may modify specific aspects of the degree regulations for individual candidates.

2.
Qualifications Required to Enrol in the Degree

A candidate shall have:

(a)
either
i.
qualified for the award of the Bachelor with Honours Degree in an appropriate field; or
ii.
qualified for the award of another appropriate degree in New Zealand; or
iii.
been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the Degree of Master of Human Interface Technology; and
(b)
been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.
Notes:
1.
Relevance and standard of previous study are the main criteria for approval.
2.
Candidates will be approved only if appropriate research supervision and resources are available.
3.
Candidates who do not have an appropriate background may be required to take an approved course or courses prior to approval into the programme.
3.
Structure of the Degree

The degree must be completed by:

(a)
30 points of coursework selected from the Schedule; and
(b)
A 90 point thesis, HITD 690.
4.
Time Limitation for Degree Completion and Suspension of Study
(a)
Candidates must enrol for full-time study only and cannot undertake part-time study.
(b)
Candidates must be enrolled on a continuous basis. If a candidate cannot be enrolled continuously due to circumstances beyond their control they must apply to the Dean of Engineering and Forestry for a suspension. Where approved, this will extend the time limitation for the completion of the degree.
(c)
Candidates must complete within 18 months of study, unless an extension in time has been approved.
(d)
Candidates who have an approved suspension in study may be required to undertake a preparatory programme prior to the resumption of their studies. Any preparatory programme of study must be completed while on suspension, and immediately prior to the end of their suspension.

Note: Preparatory programmes of study will not normally be required where the suspension is for a calendar year or less.

5.
Masters of Human Interface Technology with Distinction

Candidates who obtain a GPA of 8.0 or more in their programme of study and complete within 12 months will be eligible for the award of MHIT with Distinction.

6.
Theses

Candidates must follow the requirements of the General Course and Examination Regulations Part L, and the Guidelines for Master's Thesis Work, and to the Library Guide for the Presentation of Theses.

7.
Transfer from MHIT to PhD

Where a candidate has demonstrated high research potential and has the support of the Postgraduate Director of Studies, the candidate may apply to transfer to a PhD In Human Interface Technology, with such backdating of research thesis enrolment as may be approved by the Dean of Postgraduate Research. If approved the Masters degree will be abandoned.

8.
Award of a MHIT instead of a PhD

Where a thesis has been presented for the degree of PhD in Human Interface Technology and the examiners are of the opinion that it does not justify the award of that degree, they may recommend that it be presented for the degree of Master of Human Interface Technology. In such a case, the Dean of Engineering and Forestry may, if required for the award of the degree, exempt the course work component of the degree.

Schedule to the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Human Interface Technology

Course Code Course Title
HITD 602 Human Interface Technology - Design and Evaluation
HITD 603 Human Interface Technology - Prototyping and Projects
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