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


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Work Flow

The master's thesis work should be carried out in a structured way and this is ensured by a well formed planning report that sets the time plan
and decides on approximate dates for the important steps on the way like attending the mandatory lectures, attending two oral master's thesis
presentations and act as the opponent on one master's thesis.
Your thesis work could be divided into a number of activities. Many of these are documented in the thesis work card described under "The Work Card" below.

  • Proposal.

  • Planning.

  • Preparation, finding and studying background material.

  • Work on the assignment.

  • Attending a number of required lectures.
    • Industrial collaboration and career advancement.
    • Research methodology.
    • Academic writing (2 sessions).

  • Attending oral presentations from other students presenting master's thesis works.
    • Prepare relevant questions and lead discussion on strengths, weaknesses, and how to improve the report.

  • Giving a mid-project status report to the examiner.
    For a 60 hec thesis work an approved mid report will result in 30 hec being reported to Ladok.

  • Being the opponent for another master's thesis presentation at CSE.

  • Get approval of your work from your academic supervisor
    • This includes having the thesis report ready for the supervisor and the opponents.
    • Let the report pass the plagiarism tool Urkund.

  • Present your thesis, both orally and in written form
    • This requires approval from your academic supervisor.
    • Book one of the official CSE presentation dates in agreement with your examiner.
    • Arrange with opponents.
    • Finalize the thesis report based on feedback from the examiner and the opponents.
    • Complete work card.

Although your time plan could be built on these points you should not treat them as separate time slots. The activities interact and are therefore often to a great extent
carried out in parallel, meaning that they donīt necessarily come one after the other but as run in parallel paths.

The planning should result in a planning report that outlines the working method and sets preliminary dates for required activities. The report should be approved by your examiner.
Three times per year, twice in the spring and once in the fall, there will be a series of lectures to assist you in your thesis work. During this spring these lectures will be
voluntary, but from the fall of 2014 they will me mandatory and you must attend. The time schedule for the lectures is given in the MANDATORY LECTURES section.

As part of the preparation for your own presentation you should listen to the oral presentation of two other master's theses (preferably within the department),
it's recommended that you do this in the later part of the first half of your own work, to give you an idea of how your own presentation should be carried out,
and this could also assist you in the writing of your own report.

When you reach the middle of your thesis work you must give a progress report to your examiner. More on this in the MID PROJECT REPORT section.

You are also requried to act as an opponent to another master's thesis. This master's thesis should be within the field of the department of Computer Science and Engineering,
but not necessarily within your master's program. You should preferably do this opposition in the beginning of the second part of your work in good time before your own thesis
presentation. Once again this is a preparation for your own presentation and report.

Finally you should present your own work in an oral presentation and a written report. The oral presentation should not be carried out until the report is written and only might
need some polishing to go to print. This means that your need the approval of your academic supervisor to do the oral presentation. Not counting any kind of product that might
come out of your thesis work, the written report is the lasting result from the work and therefore it should be planned, prepared and written in a thorough way. To ensure this it is
good to start writing your report early on in your thesis work, and continue to write continuously, although some of it might need an update when more pieces have fallen into place.
Make the writing of the report a part of the weekly routines of your thesis work. The unfinished report can be the basis of your mid-project status report.

The Work Card

Your activities during the thesis work are documented on the master's thesis work card. It can be downloaded from:
Forms and links

The work card will follow you through the project, and you need to get it signed as you finish the required tasks:

  • You have an approved planning report for your master's thesis (examiner).
  • You have attended the mandatory lectures (lecturer). (Starting fall of 2014).
  • You have listened to someone else's oral master's thesis presentation (you should have listened to two presentations) (examiner present at the presentation).
  • Your mid report has been approved (examiner).
  • You have acted as the opponent to someone else master's thesis (examiner present at the presentation).
  • You have done your own oral presentation (examiner).
  • The written report has passed through the plagiarism tool Urkund (examiner).
  • The written report has been approved by the examiner (examiner).
  • You get a final signature from the examiner when all is done (examiner).

Print the master's thesis work card and bring it to the presentations and other activities where it is to be signed.

Failing to fulfill the checklist above and have it documented on the work card can have as a result that the examiner terminates your work and you will have to restart with a new project on a new topic.