Online Final Year Project Presentation

The implementation of online FYP presentation is an example of the implementation of a new norm of post pandemic of COVID-19 that is very flexible for all candidates and panels. This method also cost-effective, time and energy saving compared to face to face presentation.

For the viva assessment, they are required to share the youtube link that represents their presentation and followed by Q & A session.

Here are the photos during viva of several FYP undergraduates students:

Online Supervision for Internship Students

For the first time, all third year students of Land Administration and development, Department of Real Estate, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying, UTM has conducted the first online presentation and interview sessions for the undergraduate students regarding on their internship at the government and private sector such as the land office, property firms, and developer.

Here are the photos during the online supervision for internship students:

ATU-Net Virtual UPF 2020

Impact of COVID-19 to Academia:

  1. Potential for university transformation
  2. Flexibility of work and learning modes
  3. Integration of virtual elements into regular education
  4. Risk management capacities
  5. Building stronger community
  6. Opening up to virtual and blended types of mobility.

Source: Alfonsas Daniunas, a Professor from Vilginius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

Facilities Management Formulation

Facilities Management Formulation refers to strategies that consider peoples’ needs in existing place with better value (workable lower cost).

Here are 6 Facilities Management Roles:

  1. Event management
  2. Cleaning services
  3. Support services
  4. Property services
  5. Catering services
  6. Security services

The examples of Facilities Management services include:

  1. Academic institution
  2. Housing
  3. Commercial
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Public spaces
  6. Sport facilities
  7. Religious centre

Source: S. Arivagara Pavithran (2020), CEO Maxwell Cfm International Sdn. Bhd. and Maimunah Sapri (2020), UTMCRES

ISO 41000 Facility Management

Facility Management and Space Management

There are 4 main elements in providing a conducive living environment:

  1. Support for people (identify the people to support the needs and functions.
  2. Upkeep the place and uplift the facilities (repair, maintenance, cleaning, etc.)
  3. Process (procedure of works to use space)
  4. Technology (integrated technology)

Source: S. Arivagara Pavithran (2020), CEO Maxwell Cfm International Sdn. Bhd.


Research Grant

How to apply grant?

  1. Start with internal grant (compulsory)
  2. Apply for external grant (secured FRGS within 1-2 years after PhD)
  3. Assign at least 1 MSc. student for the grant
  4. Strategy: complete the grant ASAP and apply a new project
  5. Must complete and submit the final report to close the project
  6. Take care of your own grant record (blacklisted drop your reputation)
  7. Project progress (activity and claims)
  8. Set higher KPI for grant (high impact journal, exhibition, patent, filing, etc.)
  9. After 3-4 years, must apply PRGS for product prototype and commercialization.

Source: Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah (2020), a Professor from Universiti Malaysia Pahang.

Research Topic

How to find a Research Topic?

  1. Follow the university direction (niche area)
  2. Align with the national research cluster and strategic agenda
  3. Consistent from the beginning until the end (people will recognize you in your field)
  4. Need to set up networking from various university
  5. Consider existing facilities/ avoid idea to purchase new equipment (if possible)
  6. Be creative within your previous PhD/ postdoc topic
  7. Start with internal university grant
  8. FYP project as medium for exploration.

Source: Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah (2020), a Professor from Universiti Malaysia Pahang.

Post Graduate Supervision

How to supervise?

  • Pyramid System supervision (FYP> Master>PhD): as a Project manager.
  • Publication according to the student’s project objectives (minimum Msc. = 2, PhD = 3 ISI journal)
  • Thesis is a compilation of published papers
  • Chapter 2: Review Article (Semester 1 and 2)
  • Chapter 3 and 4: Original research articles (Objective 1, 2, 3)
  • Accelerate Msc. (1 year) and PhD (2 years)
  • Managing the thesis quality by publishing in High Impact journal
  • Supervisor takes part in the journal writing and thesis writing
  • Synchronize with grant work
  • Supervisor responsibility by providing facilities and financial through research grant
  • Ensure for GOT


Source: Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah (2020), a Professor from Universiti Malaysia Pahang.

Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisor

Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisor

I want to share some tips for supervision as been explained by Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah (2020), a Professor from Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Here are seven roles of supervisor to his/ her postgraduate students:

  1. Meeting the students (weekly meeting)
  2. Guide to literature study (related recent topic)
  3. Guide for research materials and facilities
  4. Guide for research publications (Scopus indexed journal for Msc. students and High Impact Journal for PhD students)
  5. Thesis writing (high quality thesis with sufficient content for Msc. and PhD students)
  6. Completion for the graduation requirements
  7. Graduate on time

How to assess value of a property amidst uncertainty?

How to assess value of a property amidst uncertainty?

Here are seven steps to measure the value:

  1. Find out the actual asking prices and rentals from few sources.
  2. Analysed the yields an returns, and the projected growth.
  3. Observe the changes in the market trends.
  4. Check the occupancy rate in the immediate vicinity.
  5. For shophouses, assess the ratio of shops to occupied resiential units. The higher the ratio, the better (eg: 1:20 to 1:30).
  6. For offices, find out if the tenant intends to move out and if possible, the profitability of the tenants.
  7. Net selling prices of development project [eg: after all rebate, discount, freebies ( buy one unit free one Myvi car) etc.]

Source: James Tan (2020). Raine & Horne