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


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Planning- and Mid-Project Reports

What should be in the planning report?
The planning report should be a development of the proposed thesis work and give more details on what should be achieved and how it should be done. The report should be
developed in collaboration with your supervisor and approved by your examiner. The following points are a good start:

  • Preliminary title.
  • Background to the assignment. Why is it relevant?
  • Aim for the work. What should be accomplished?
  • The formulation of the problem at hand, the assignment. This should include and extended version of the scientific problem definition and references to knowledge within
    the area given in the thesis proposal.
  • Limitations. What should be left out and why?
  • Method of accomplishment. How should the work be carried out?
  • Time plan.

The time plan should give an approximate date when the work is to be finished. It should also list milestones for the project with dates for critical steps that are needed
to finish the work, including a date for the mid-project report. The time plan should include dependencies between the different milestones and a project risk analysis.

The report should also give the approximate dates for attending the mandatory lectures and for attending the oral presentations of two other master's theses and when
to oppose on one oral presentation. To be part of your learning process you should preferably listen to two presentations when you are approaching half time in your
thesis project and do the opposition when you are in the second half of your project but in good time before your own presentation.

The time plan should be updated if and when needed. This should be done in collaboration with your academic supervisor.

Mid-Project Report
What's the purpose of this?
In the mid report you inform your examiner of the current status of your thesis work so he/she can get a picture of the progress. Any significant deviation from the planning report
must be stated since it is subject to approval from both the examiner and the supervisor.

How is it done?
The mid report should be a written status report or an oral presentation for the examiner. If the presentation is oral it should be accompanied by the final report in the current
state. The examiner and the student(s) should agree on whether the report will be in written or oral form.

What's the result of this?
If the examiner finds the progress to be good the report will be approved and the thesis work can continue.
If the examiner finds the progress and the results unsatisfactory the thesis work can be terminated.