DOI: 10.5176/2251-2195_CSEIT15.13

Authors: Estelle Taylor and Roelien Goede

Abstract:In South Africa only a third of academics have a doctoral qualification. Higher education institutions are funded according to their research output and their delivery of successful graduates. Therefore the pressure on academics to obtain PhD degrees is very high. Linked to this is the shortage of qualified and experienced supervisors. The supervision burden is extremely high on a relative small group of qualified supervisors. Supervision is a complex activity requiring agility from both supervisor and student. There are few academic papers on the topic and supervisors create their own best practices. An opportunity exist to share experiences and to learn from other supervisors. This paper aims to contribute to the understanding of the frustrations of supervisors and students in Computer Science and Information Systems (CS / IS). The paper focuses on CS / IS students as it is the field of experience of the authors. An interpretive qualitative study was done to understand the experiences of supervisors and students in the field of CS / IS. Findings from the data analysis include a reflection on current experiences as well as suggestions on improvements.

Keywords: supervision, post graduate, Computer Science, Information Systems

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