|After the MSc-Thesis project has been completed, the student is able to:
- apply a suitable research or design methodology in a scientific manner
- deliver an original contribution to the research group
- run a scientific project within its time frame
- write a scientific report and hold a public presentation
- communicate to peers and non-specialists
To get an MSc-thesis project, the student contacts one of the research groups and together with the envisaged supervisor an MSc-thesis project is defined, either (partly) by the student or by the group. This supervisor (usually the PI of the research group, but at least an examiner) checks explicitly whether this MSc-thesis-project idea is doable by a student of the MSc programme, with respect to time budget, expected knowledge and skills, and academic level. The supervisor may take into account his / her advice of a maximum of 2 courses to be taken to prepare for the subjects of his / her research.|
The thesis subject furthermore must match with the specialisation and the profile the student has chosen.
The MSc-thesis project is split into 3 adjacent, equally sized phases: Exploration phase, Production phase, and Finalisation phase for respectively exploring the topic including feasibility, working on the core of the project, and working towards a final report and presentation. The student delivers a project plan including feasibility and a literature study, a demo showing essential functionality, and a final report and public presentation with Q&A after the phases, respectively.
During the thesis project, the student has at least once per week a meeting with the day-to-day supervisor on progress, issues, and plans. The supervision committee, consisting of the day-to- day supervisor and at least one examiner, gives regularly (i.e. once per month) formal formative assessment on the process (including planning) and content. This feedback is related to the assessment criteria as presented on the assessment form. This formative feedback can also be used to update the project topic, in case it turned out that the original project appears to be too much / complex for MSc-thesis work.
The formative feedback after the first 2 phases is formally registered in the UT’s student- progress registration system, by indicating that this formative feedback meeting has been taken place and feedback has been given. In case results of these first 2 phases are not good enough to achieve a pass at the very end of the MSc-thesis project, a repair policy is proposed and approved by the supervision committee during or shortly after that phase-end formative feedback. Such a repair policy can contain updates of topics and/or planning, arrangement of extra technical support, adaptation of supervision approach / policy. If, at the next formative feedback meeting, (so, after working a month according to this repair policy) the student’s work is not back on track (that is, the student’s work is still not good enough to achieve a pass at the very end of the MSc-thesis project), the student can extend the project with a maximum of 2 months. Assessment of this extended MSc-thesis project results in a pass with grade of 6 or a fail.
In case the project gets delayed due to reasons beyond the control of the student, the student can request an extension of the project to the EB, while providing an updated planning.
Since the approach of the academic-skills project follows a bit the CBL approach, contributing to the CBL skills via this project is rather straightforward. Students store their CBL results in their portfolio. This CBL part is assessed separately in the course 202200121, Challenge-Based Learning in MSc Robotics 2.
Final summative assessment of the MSc-thesis project is done by at least two examiners, one being responsible for the day-to-day supervision and the other being an independent colleague from outside the research group of the supervisor (and preferably not involved in the supervision). Further specification of the assessment committee is presented in the EER. Criteria for grading, including rubrics, are in the assessment form. When at assessment it turns out that the work is insufficient, the student can use up to 2 months to repair. Assessment of this ‘resit’ results in a pass with a grade of 6 or a fail. In the latter case, the student has to look for another MSc-thesis project.
More information about organisation and procedures of the MSc-Thesis project, including the assessment form is available on the Canvas site of MSc Robotics.
Assumed previous knowledge
|Students must have no more than 10 ECs still to complete, other than the final project. All compulsory courses must have been passed. See the EER for more details.||Required materials-Recommended materials|
|Tulder, Rob van. 2018. Skill Sheets : An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management. Third edition, ISBN 978-90-430-3350-3, Pearson.|