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SHO6263 Diploma Thesis - M-ID - 30 ECTS
The master thesis project represents the conclusion of the master study, where the students gets an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in previous courses. The thesis assignment is formulated by the supervisor, individually or after discussion with the student and/or external participants. Campus Narvik offers a wide range of project assignments within relevant and pertinent topics, based on internal or external research activities, but the student may also suggest assignments based on their own interests or according to requests from the industry. The assignments may also be extensions of project works completed previously in the study, however with broadened problems.
The project assignment may in general contain both theoretical and practical elements, such as mathematical modelling, system analysis, theoretical derivations and practical development. The project can be individual or group work, and the work should be performed at Campus Narvik. If the project assignment is formulated in collaboration with a specified company, it is possible for the student to work at the company for parts of the project.
Guidelines for the master thesis project work are formulated by Campus Narvik.
Learning outcomes, skills and attitudes
The goal of the master thesis project gives the student competence to carry out an individual project within a selected topic, relevant and pertinent to the master programme. The student will also acquire a broad knowledge of the topic through literature surveys of previous work within the field and related fields, and a profound knowledge through solving a specified problem. The final result of the project is a scientific report (thesis) with a presentation of the problem itself, the suggested solution and a discussion of employed techniques and the reults.
Working and assessment methods
Individual or group project work.
The work is initiated through suggestions of possible topics given by the scientific staff. The students are also strongly encouraged to discuss possible alternatives within these suggestions with the relevant professors. It is normally required that actual topics are related to one or more of the subjects included in the study program or the staff's on-going research work.
Each student (or student group) will have one or more supervisors through the whole working period, but once the project assignment is given the students are responsible to manage the project themselves.
During the first three weeks it is normally required that the students prepare a pre-study report including an analysis of the assignment, definitions of activities and work packages and a time schedule. The plan should also include milestones and agreed progress meetings with the supervisor(s) and, when relevant, the contact person from the external company.
During the realization period the work will normally be followed up through progress meetings with the supervisor(s) and the external contact person (when relevant). For each progress meeting the students have to prepare a written status report which have to be reviewed and accepted by the supervisor(s).
The final report with enclosures will be assessed as a whole based on its scientific contribution. The assessment will usually focus on the following criteria: Accomplishment in accordance with the pre-defined assignment, academic with regard to data collection, methodology, data processing, data utilization, comments, conclusions, independency, originality; structure, outline, editing, context;
style of writing, orthography; illustrations; documentation (sources, citations, references); complexity.
The grades are based on the ECTS-system: A (excellent), B (very good), C (good), D (satisfactory), E (sufficient) and F (fail).
To be specified based on the academic field.
The work with the resulting R&D report is mandatory in order to obtain the master degree.
The final report with all accompanying documentation has to be handed-in in due time. This part will be finalized with an oral presentation of the work and the achieved results.
Grading will be done by using A-F grading scale, F is Fail. There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.