The Master's Thesis Project shall be done during the last semester of a master's education aiming at a Master's Degree with a Major in Computing Science (general degreee or with specialization in computer science.
During the course the student will develope her/his abilty to specify, plan, accomplish and present an individual project. The student should apply her/his knowledge from previous education in the project work and deepen her/his knowledge in at least one field of computing science (in-depth study). The in-depth study should provide some insight in research and development in computing science. The results must be presented both orally as well as in a written report.
Part 1. Individual project work (28 ECTS-credits) The individual project work should be carried out within a research project at the University or within a development project in the IT-industry. The project work must consist of general problem solving techniques and lead to a deeper understanding of the subject. Moreover, the project must not consist of coding work only. The in-depth study must be related to current scientific trends.
Part 2. Presentation (2 ECTS-credits) Apart from the previously mentioned written report, the Master's degree candidates have to present their work orally (in the form of a Thesis defence). Moreover, the student must act as an opponent in a fellow student's presentation, both for the written report and during the oral presentation. English will be the primary language.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding After the course the student will:
demonstrate substantially deeper knowledge of at least one data field of science,
Skills and abilities After the course the student will:
demonstrate an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate complex questions
demonstrate an ability to plan and use appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified limits, and demonstrate an ability to participate in research and development and thereby contribute to the development of knowledge
demonstrate the ability to verbally and in writing, to present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with such scholars and masters in the field and lay people
communicate about the project in oral and written English
demonstrate an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge acquired in key quality courses during their studies and to seek, analyze, synthesize and critically review scientific literature that is relevant to the problem
Values and attitudes After the course the student will:
demonstrate an ability to systematically and critically examine their own and others' work with regard to scientific, social and ethical aspects.
To be admitted you must hold a Bachelor's Degree and have finished courses at the advanced level corresponding to 60 ECTS-credits. These 60 ECTS-credits on advanced level should include 30 ECTS-credits in Computing Science and the following three courses: 1) Efficient Algorithms and Problem Complexity 5DV117 2) Computer Organization and Architecture 5DV118, and 3) one course (at least 7.5 ECTS-credits) in scientific writing (e.g. 5DV144 Student Conference in Computing Science) or equivalent. Depending on the direction of the Degree Project some extra prerequisites might be needed.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A.
Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.
Form of instruction
Instruction consists of individual instruction. A supervisor within the department appointed for each student, with whom regular contact is maintained. The student will conserve the available tutoring resources and the student may not normally require tutorial support more than 10 months after the start of work. Another supervisor appointed by the client at the external examination work. In addition to tutoring the student independently identify, seek, evaluate and summarize information sources in order to provide a scientific background to the work done. The student will independently plan and carry out work in a timely manner and present it both orally and in writing. The student should also read up on another degree and opposition on this.
Part 1, independent work, assessed in terms of a) planning, implementation and evaluation of the thesis work, and b) scientific and engineering content and results.
Part 2, presentation, assessed in terms of c) the written report d) oral presentation and e) planning and execution of opposition
Part 1 of the course is graded Fail (U) or Pass (G) and Part 2 of the course is graded Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). The course in total is graded Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG). To pass the course, it is required that all the criteria, ie a) to e) above, and mandatory modules are approved. The total grade on the course is an overall assessment of the results of the different parts and are decided at the end of the course. The students that have not passed the course after one academic year have to retake the course in all parts, i.e. the students have to start all over with a new subject.
A student who has failed two tests for a course or part of a class, are entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons against it (HF6 Chap. § 22). Requests for new examiner made head of the Department of Computer Science.
Transfer of credits This course may not be used towards a degree, in whole or in part, simultaneously with another course of similar content. If in doubt, consult the student counselors at the Department of Computing Science and / or program director of your program.
In particualr, this course can not be part of any other exam than Degree of master of science (two years) in Computing Science without an explicit transfer of credits.
Transfer of credits is considered individually (see the University Code of Rules).
During 2013, students that started their master-studies before 2012-07-01 can be given exemption from parts of the requirements. The exemption is decided by the programme director for the Masters programme in Computing Science.
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The literature is chosen individually together with the examiner / supervisor.