BYG150 Bachelor Thesis - Civil Engineering
Course description for academic year 2019/2020
Contents and structure
The bachelor thesis is the final course in the bachelor degree, taken in the 6th semester.
Students will complete an independent method and problem-oriented task based on a realistic engineering problem, which requires knowledge and skills of key areas of the bachelor program. The project is a joint student project. The project may be a partnership with a company or a government agency, or be part of the internal research and development initiatives at HVL.
Each team of students is assigned an internal supervisor, who will provide guidance to ensure the scientific and methodological elements are well attended. Students regularly report the progress of the project to the supervisor, and to the company contact, through oral and written reports. The team make regular entries in a project diary documenting the project activities. On completion of the project the individual students will, through a reflection paper, account for their academic and personal development while working on the project.
The thesis must be conducted in accordance with Guidelines for bachelor thesis at HVL, and a supervisory agreement must be signed.
Upon completing the course, the candidate will have attained the following learning outcome:
- is familiar with the relevant methods and working practices relating to research and development within their own engineering field
- be able to update their knowledge through contact with relevant academic communities and practice fields
- collect, analyze and refer information in a critical and reflective way
- document and communicate project results in a systematic and scientific way
- work with planning and execution of an engineering project, both independently and in teams
- translate their knowledge and skills into practical solutions
- show reflective, ethical and environmental insight into their work, in accordance with relevant national guidelines
To be assigned a project after the 5th semester, the student must have passed 120 credits - including all courses included in the first year and any specialization relevant for the project. If the project is assigned after the 4th semester the credit requirement is reduced to 100 credits. Exemption from these requirements can be given after consultation with an academic advisor.
Lectures and joint student project. The project is supervised and there will normally be 2-4 students in a team. A team of one student may be allowed as an exception.
10 hours of supervision is mandatory for the team/student.
Joint project work
The team develops a preliminary report with project plan in cooperation with the supervisor and (if relevant) the company. The preliminary report contains problem formulation, feasibility analysis (method selection and required resources), project organization with project schedule and any cost estimates. The project work typically consists of collection of information / specification / construction / calculation / programming etc. based on knowledge from the discipline.
The project team documents the activities of the project regularly in a project diary. The project diary is submitted to the supervisor, who gives feedback regarding the academic content and quality.
Compulsory learning activities
A learning portfolio that consists of the following coursework:
1. Individually requirements:
- attending supervision
- a reflection paper (self-reflection on personal development)
2. Requirements for the group:
- preliminary report with a project plan
- written project diary
- bachelor thesis in accordance with the template of the institute
- presentation in class
- presentation and participation at EXPO with poster (and the product).
All coursework items must be submitted by the given deadlines.
The learning portfolio documents the learning process through the semester as a continuous assessment. Only two of the required coursework items will be part of the portfolio assessment as the basis for the determination of the grading (see Assessment).
The final assessment is based on two parts: portfolio assessment and oral examination. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the examination. The portfolio assessment represent 70% of final grade and the oral examination 30%.
The assessment is based on two items of the learning portfolio:
- The Bachelor's thesis (and the product)
- The poster presentation
The size of the bachelor's thesis will be determined in consultation with the supervisor, but should not exceed 80 pages. The final deadline for submitting the bachelor thesis is 1 June. The grading scale is A-F. The grade for the portfolio assessment is set for the group as a whole.
Oral examination The oral exam will be held after the bachelor thesis has been submitted.
The oral exam will focus on the team and the individual student's understanding of methods, the choice of methods in their work process, as well as the final result in terms of the bachelor's thesis (and the product).The grading scale is A-F. The grade for the oral exam is individual.