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CPD2018: 19 July

Course Name:


Course Duration: 1 day training (6 hours)


Course Synopsis 


The process of supervising postgraduate students begins when they are offered their admission letters. This is when they are assigned advisors who are expected to help ‘socialize’ them into lives as postgraduate students. Supervising Graduate Research course is designed to help understand the roles and supervisory process in building a conducive and workable scholarly journey in research and publication. It is equally important than this process is also about producing scholar protégé. Participants will also learn about managing issues and challenges regarding supervision and related matters.


Course Objectives


Upon completion of the training, the participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the characteristic of effective supervision;
  2. Analyze relevant issues and challenges pertaining to research; and
  3. Construct a study programme to facilitate timely completion of graduate studies.


Course Content


Topics that will be covered include:

- Supervision Rules and Regulations.

  • Student’s Roles and Responsibilities
  • Advisor
  • Supervisory Committee
  • Structure of Study
  • Thesis Submission
  • Examination (Viva Voce)


- Supervisory Process (Real Life Experience).

  • Establishing Compatibility of Research Interest
  • Assessing Student’s Needs
  • Establishing Reasonable Expectations
  • Consultation Schedule and Research Plan
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Reporting


Course Tentative

  • 08.30-09.00   :   Registration
  • 09.00-10.30   :   Supervision Rules & Regulation
  • 09.30-11.00   :   Tea Break
  • 11.00-12.30   :   Supervision Rules & Regulation (cont.)
  • 12.30-14.30   :   Break / Lunch
  • 14.30-16.30   :   Supervisory Process





School of Graduate Studies / Faculty of Forestry
Universiti Putra Malaysia
T: 03-8946 4209



Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
T: 03-8946 6695

Abu Bakar Salleh graduated with B.Sc. (Biochemistry) from the University of Western Australia in 1975  and Ph.D (Biochemistry) from University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 1979. He has been a lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) since 1979. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and a full Professor in 1994.

Research and development (R&D) has always been his forte. He initiated the Enzyme and Microbial Technology Research group in 1986 at UPM and has developed it into a model R&D  team. His research interest has been the study and applications of enzymes. This study encompasses microbial screening and isolation, enzyme purification and characterization, enzyme modification, and application of enzymes in chemical processing in particular in oleochemicals. The tools used include basic microbiology, molecular biology, enzymology, protein engineering and  bioprocess technology. Naturally, he moved onto structural biology research, specifically in the study of structure and function of proteins. He was also involved with the national biosensor research group.

He is a prolific writer and has published more than 300 papers in cited journals, and  has authored or coauthored more than 500 papers presented at national and international seminars (Current Scopus H index 36). He has 11 approved patents to his name and more than 30 pending patents filed. He has also won awards at international and national levels, including the Gold and Silver medals at the International Exhibitions and Inventions of New Techniques and Products, Geneva,  ITEX and IPTA  S & T Exhibitions. As such, Prof. Bakar is a well known figure in the R&D scene. His expertise is sought by the scientific communities and UPM had appointed him as the Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, and the Director, Institute of Bioscience (IBS), a multidisciplinary research center to spearhead R&D in particular in the area of bioscience  at UPM.  He was  the founding Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, and was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation), where he was instrumental in enhancing R & D & C of UPM, sustaining and enhancing its position as a leading research University in the country.

He has been a consultant for MIGHT and  MTDC (IGS). He was  actively involved in research programme at the Molecular Biology Cooperative Centre and the Industrial and Environmental Cooperative Centre, under the National Biotechnology Directorate. He was also involved in the preparation of the proposal for ‘Biovalley’ and the national research institutes. He was the Biotechnology contact person for UPM and had been a key member in the development of The Rainforest Academy at UPM. He was a member of the drafting committee for the National Biotechnology Policy as well as the secretary  of the Committee for Strategic Planning for the Nobel Prize Award for IPTA, and the Academy of  Science, Malaysia. He was the chairman of the committee that propose the Malaysian Citation Centre. He was the Chairman of the Governing Board SEAMEO-BIOTROP based in Bogor, Indonesia. He was listed a leading scientist in the area of Biosciences in the Wise Index of Leading Scientists and Engineers of OIC Member States.

His experience in teaching, research and administation is constrantly sought. He has been a regular speaker and motivator within and outside UPM speaking on reseach  culture and excellence, postgraduate supervison, and enhancing publications. He is a panel member for MQA, and MYRA for Ministry of Education (MoE) and also research proposal and performance panel for MoE and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change.

Prof. Abu Bakar was awarded the Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) by His Highness the Sultan of Selangor which carries the title Dato’ and was a member of the University Board of Directors. Currently he is a reseah fellow at EMTech, UPM and involved also in managing the publication of PERTANIKA.

Updated:: 04/10/2018 [azryadeny]


Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan
03-9769 6175
03-9769 6043