Research Topics is a study unit for an individual student and serves as preparation for the Final Project. In this course unit, the student deepens their understanding of a certain topic and further develops their research competencies. Research Topics is always taken in the context of relevant research for one or more research chairs that participate in this programme or a company and the students’ specialization.|
Upon completion of this course, students can:
The Research Topics study unit is an additional step in preparation for the Final Project (192399979). Although the student can change their problem/topic for the Final Project, these steps must be followed nevertheless as the goal of this study unity is to achieve its intended learning outcomes (therefore, it aims to develop knowledge and skills in research as a preparation for the Final Project).
- Find, select, and analyse relevant literature and perform literature research on a BIT-related topic aiming at describing the ‘state-of-the-art’ in literature of the selected topic
- Formulate a relevant and specific problem statement
- Discuss scientific developments relevant to the problem statement, including a list of related works (if any) and the gap to be filled in by future work of the scientific community
- Select one of the identified gaps in literature to be investigated and determine a scope for the research that fits the timeline/schedule proposed
- Propose a research procedure to address the selected problem (limited by the selected scope) including: the hypothesis and the method to be used for its investigation, the strategy for participant selection (if any), the techniques/methods to be used in the analysis of the collected data (and how they relate with the hypothesis test, i.e., how the analysis will support the hypothesis investigation)
- Propose a research plan/schedule (including milestones) that fits a timeframe of 20 weeks
Both the student and the supervisor should agree on the contents and objectives of this course unit. The supervisor is responsible for guidance and assessment. We suggest that the supervisor of the ‘Research Topics’ later also participates in the committee of the Final Project. Because Research Topics serves as preparation for the Final Project, it is one of the final steps before graduation. Finishing it should lead to starting the Final Project. Therefore, a student must have completed at least 60 credits before starting Research Topics and preferably even more.|
Before starting the ‘Research Topics’, the following matters should be settled:
For the assessment of the Research Topics, the student together with their initial supervisor must select a 2nd examiner to be part of the assessment committee. The assessment committee must be formed by one examiner from the EEMCS Faculty and one examiner from the BMS Faculty. One of the supervisors (not necessarily the 1st) must be listed as a “Senior Examiner” in the aforementioned list. It is recommended to add the 2nd examiner as early as possible, i.e., as soon as the research direction is defined. If the student decides to develop the research specified in the report of ‘Research Topics’, it is recommended (not mandatory) to invite both examiners of the Research Topics to continue the supervision during the Final Project.
- An examiner agreed to act as supervisor, i.e., he/she has agreed to be responsible for guidance and assessment.
- The student produced a description of the ‘Research Topics’ that is agreed upon by the supervisor. This description contains the ‘Research topics’ contents and objectives, and possibly the approach to be taken.
- The student registered the ‘Research topics’ with BOZ (Educational Affairs Office), by filling in and delivering the forms Mobility Online available for this purpose.
Please check the following website for more information: www.utwente.nl/en/mbit/final-project