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FINAL THESIS


Alternative terms: final assignment, thesis, graduation production, skills test, professional product

What is it?

  • A final assignment that concludes your degree programme.
  • A 'masterpiece' that you create yourself.
  • It relates to a problem occurring in the professional field.
  • You make a contribution to your own professional development
  • It is a complex assignment in which you will combine both theoretical and practical knowledge with practically oriented research and/or design.
  • By conducting your thesis assignment, you show that you are ready to enter the professional field.

The thesis assignment is described in a handbook. The objectives and content of the thesis assignment are derived from your programme's competency profile (exit qualifications).

The handbook includes the:

  • Objective of the assignment.
  • Assessment procedure and assessment times.
  • Assessment criteria relating to the content, design and presentation.
  • Weighting of the various elements, such as the end product, presentation and process report.
  • Role of the examiners.
  • Role of the professional field in the assessment.
  • Resit rules.
  • In the event of a group assignment, the individual contribution that each student must make.

What is tested?

  • The degree to which you have realised the exit qualifications applicable to the thesis assignment.
  • The manner in which you have independently formulated a question or assignment relevant to the professional field and brought it to a successful conclusion.
  • The degree to which you have shown – in the structure, execution and evaluation of your thesis assignment – that you possess the generic and specific qualifications required by a starting professional.
  • The degree to which your work complies with the quality criteria set.
  • The manner in which you portray your findings via the design and presentation of the thesis.

You are tested regarding the level of your work's content and whether or not you are ready to enter the professional field. In other words, have you:

  • Thought and worked like a professional?
  • Presented (both orally and in writing) and defended your thesis in an effective manner?
  • Substantiated your research with a sound theoretical basis?
  • Provided a good solution to the client's problem?
  • Viewed the problem from original perpectives?

How will I be assessed?

The thesis assignment will be assessed based on your end product/report and an oral presentation/defence.

Two examiners are involved in the assessment process, preferably an external examiner. Your supervisor will not be involved in the assessment.

  • The examiners conduct the assessment based on a valid assessment format. They arrive at a collective final judgement.
  • A proper weighting is applied to the various elements that make up the final mark. You will be informed of this weighting in advance.
  • If necessary, establish which elements are subject to resit examinations.

What feedback will I receive?

  • You will receive one final mark, comprised of the assessment of the end product/report and the oral presentation/defence
  • You will be presented with the completed assessment form.

You will receive feedback from:

  • The examiners, one of which is preferably an external expert.
  • If applicable, the client (who is often involved in assessing the content of the assignment).

How do I prepare for the test?

  • Make clear, unambiguous agreements with your supervisor.
  • Ask for examples of good-quality assignments and plans of action.
  • Study the graduation handbook and ask questions if you are unclear about anything.
  • Keep up to date with what your fellow students are working on to enable collaboration in the event you are working on a similar assignment.
  • Find an assignment that you are enthusiastic about.
  • Ensure that people would be able to use it.
  • Be original, creative and eye-catching.
  • Ensure correct citation of sources.
  • Place demands upon yourself.
  • Ensure your working method and your method for drawing conclusions are suitable to your question.
  • Make a thorough and realistic plan
  • View other thesis assignments.

Tips

As you will design and execute this assignment entirely independently and individually, very little structure will be offered from third parties. Therefore – especially if you have difficulty with unstructured assignments – you must create an effective and realistic schedule and stick to it.

When searching for a topic for your thesis assignment, take the following factors into account:

  • It is useful if you possess relevant experience that you can draw upon.
  • Naturally, the design must be relevant to the professional field.

During the final interview, you will be required to defend your thesis. Of course, during this defence, you must substantiate and defend your product and the decisions you made, but you must also remain open to and respectful of other people's opinions. After all, everyone's entitled to one!

Be realistic: your thesis is not your life's work! Your thesis doesn't have to contain every single piece of knowledge and expertise you picked up during your degree programme. You simply need to paint a reliable picture of what you are capable of.

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