In the performance and presentation of their Bachelor’s thesis, the students have demonstrated that they can:
- make an appropriate choice of department, supervisor and research proposal (information acquisition, self-knowledge and communication);
- keep a logbook (document management, integration of knowledge and skills and reflection);
- concretize the research proposal (starting with interpretation, ideas development and operationalization, followed by literature research and practice with instruments/tools, to come to a well-founded and concrete research question or design specification);
- prepare a research plan (complete overview with step-by-step plan and timeline);
- efficiently implement the research plan and make any necessary adjustments, in consultation with the supervisor, if new insights require it (efficient working method, plan adjustment);
- submit progress reports (provide evidence that they are taking the right path to reach the primary objectives);
- draw up an unambiguous problem definition which expresses the core structure of the work and reporting, for example in the form of an introduction, summary or poster;
- make and keep appointments for supervision meetings (communication);
- agree on a method of assessment and the criteria for awarding grades (communication, for example the criteria for being awarded a grade of 10 and those for a fail);
- agree on the consequences of missing deadlines or completing the thesis too late, as well as the consequences of a fail (communication);
- repare a compulsory final report (logical and efficient presentation of the work to the technical-scientific forum);
- give a compulsory final presentation of the work (oral PowerPoint presentation for an audience of fellow Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s students and department staff).
The student is responsible for meeting the requirements of the aforementioned attainment targets. The more initiative the student demonstrates in achieving these targets (including asking questions), the better they will have demonstrated that the attainment targets have been achieved.
The Bachelor’s thesis is the culmination of the Bachelor’s programme. A Bachelor’s thesis is carried out in the form of a research project within a department. It is an opportunity to put the knowledge learned during the programme into practice. The Bachelor’s thesis is used to assess the student’s initiative and their ability to plan, report and present a project. The difficulty level of the thesis is described by the attainment targets of the programme and the modules followed up until that moment. Students work independently on a Bachelor’s thesis or Individual Assignment (IOO) under the guidance of a supervisor.|
The final grade is given by the BSc committee, as a weighted grade based on 3 individual grades for:
The committee will base these grades on the quality of the work performed (the quality level), the final report, the final presentation.
- Scientific quality (50%)
- Organization, planning, collaboration (20%)
- Communication (30%)
The official requirements of the composition of the BSc committee are in article B7 of the EER BSc EE:
- The chair shall appoint a supervisory committee consisting of at least three persons. The committee consists of the daily supervisor, an assistant professor or associate professor or full professor of the chosen research chair and a member not being a member of the research chair involved (sometimes called an external member).
- The supervisory committee shall include at least two examiners.
The Bachelor’s thesis is 15 ECTS credits. Students who commence a Bachelor’s thesis in a particular department (academic Chair) are required to reach agreements on the timeframe beforehand. This entails that students agree on a final deadline, taking account of any other activities that may run parallel to the Bachelor’s thesis (such as modules). A deadline may be exceeded by a maximum of two weeks and has as consequence that the maximum attainable grade is a 6.
The assessment form can be downloaded here: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bee/Bachelor_Curriculum/program_3_year/thesis/#assessment