Choosing Your Topic
In the first instance you should try to find a topic linked to a practical problem at work. A topic that interests you and serves the development requirements of working life benefits you, the commissioning body and the UAS.
It is recommended that you actively try to find a thesis topic from your work or practical training place. Other profession-oriented topics are to be found amongst research and development tasks that have been commissioned for completion in the UAS. When the thesis is commissioned by an external body, the commissioning company or organisation appoints a thesis supervisor.
A work-oriented thesis topic can also comprise a general subject that serves the requirements of working life and is based on your experiences of the practical training period, without any need for commissioning. In this case, it is still recommended that an external supervisor be appointed.
The thesis is usually completed on an individual basis, sometimes in pairs. Theses completed by several students can form part of a larger subject area. When students do their thesis in pairs they must demonstrate their own individual skills and contribution in the actual completion of the work.
The thesis is worth 15 credits. It includes independent work by the student, participation in thesis seminars and discussions with the supervisor.
Once you have found a topic you must first discuss it at your work/practical training place or with a representative of the commissioning company or organisation. If you find the topic during your practical training period it is also worth discussing it with the teacher supervising your practical training. Once the topic has been approved, you should fill in the Thesis follow-up form in Intranet to access the related forms. The next step involves a discussion of your chosen topic between you, the theses co-ordinator and/or your thesis supervisor (if known), and the commissioning party. Your topic must be approved by the co-ordinator and the commissioning party. The aim of the discussion is to clarify the objectives, aim and schedule of your thesis.
A supervising teacher is appointed to supervise your thesis. If your thesis is part of a scheme or project the person/teacher in charge of the project is also the thesis supervisor. The theses co-ordinator appoints your thesis supervisor according to the thesis subject area, taking into account available supervision resources.
Completing the thesis involves independent work and students are responsible for getting their own work done and keeping to schedule. Students must also request supervision themselves and supervision is mainly provided in the form of co-operation between the supervising teacher and commissioning party. It is necessary to prepare carefully for supervision sessions. Students should provide their supervisors with a written paper version of their work so far and a list of questions/issues that they wish to discuss during the supervision session well before the meeting. During the first supervision meeting you will discuss supervision procedure and the responsibilities and duties involved in thesis process.