Master's Thesis Course at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering


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Oral presentation and Opposition

Oral presentation
Your supervisor and examiner decides when you are ready to do your oral thesis presentation and then you and your examiner decides on a suitable presentation
time for the work and book it on the page ‘Dates and bookings for oral presentations’ (LINK) . The oral presentation of your master's thesis should be presented
in English in front of your examiner, the students who have prepared an opposition to your presentation, and other interested students and staff.

The important prerequisite is that your thesis report is ready for examination one week before the presentation.
The presentation should last for no more
than 30 minutes. It should cover the full thesis work and be presented in a way that makes it easy for students with similar background as your own to follow
the description although they have not read the written report.

The presentation should preferably be supported by the use of visual aids like computer presentations. In some cases demonstration of hardware and software might
be appropriate.

After the presentation the student(s) should be prepared to answer questions and comment on statements both from the opposition and from the audience. The opponents
need to have access to the written thesis report not less than one week before the oral presentation in order to do their job.

The oral presentation is followed by opposition from one or two student groups who are in the process of doing their own master's theses.

The opposing group has 10-15 minutes to present their opinion on how the presentation was performed, to ask questions on the material and to discuss it with the presenter.
The questions and discussion should not focus on details but be more general so the rest of the audience who have not read the written report can be able to follow the
discussion and maybe give their own input. Otherwise, the examiner must not approve the opposition.

Useful points to consider when performing the opposition are:

  • The planning and structure of the report
  • Definition of the problem at hand
  • Method and realization
  • Deliminations
  • Theory
  • Analysis
  • Results and the handling of the result
  • The shaping of the report and formal points like references
  • The examiner for the student who does his oral presentation should also evaluate the opposition and approve or reject it.

You enroll as an opponent by finding a suitable presentation for opposition in the section DATES AND BOOKING FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS, contact the student(s) in question and
make an agreement. Make sure that you get the report in time, not less than a week before the presentation, so you can do a proper job. Two groups can oppose on the same presentation.
In the same way you make your presentation available for other opponents by booking a time for your oral presentation.
Map to EDIT-room (room nr 3364).