DAT301 Master's thesis (short)
Course description for academic year 2021/2022
Contents and structure
The master's thesis deals with a well-defined problem in software engineering. The master's thesis will provide the student with competences and skills in software engineering and knowledge of and application of scientific working methods, as well as training in independent work with academic assignments. Through the master's thesis, the candidate will acquire competence in a subject area of software engineering and write report on a selected topic or problem. The master's thesis can also be written as a collection of separate articles or reports, based on the work during the master's education period, together with an introductory overview. The thesis may also have a practical component in the form of the development of (parts of) a software system.
A candidate who has completed this course will have the following learning outcomes, defined in the form of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has specialized knowledge of research and development in the specific areas of the master's thesis
- has knowledge of scientific methods within software engineering, including definition of research questions, literature studies, evaluation methods, expected results, and artifact building
- can clearly define and limit problem areas
- can link his/her work to relevant research literature within software engineering
- can plan and carry out limited research projects
- can identify the types and extent of results that are necessary to ensure that the claims and conclusions are scientifically valid
- can reflect on and evaluate the decisions made and their consequences for the project
- can apply knowledge and skills in new areas and carry out projects
- can analyze and reflect critically on products or collected data
- can work independently in a scientific project
- can contribute to innovation in software engineering
- can convey own work both orally and in writing
General admission to the joint master degree in software engineering.
Independent work in the form of a research project which is carried out under the supervision of an academic supervisor and documented in a written master’s thesis. The supervisor(s) shall provide advice on the formulation and demarcation of the subjects and problem approaches for the thesis, literature, academic content, tasks and progress plan. The supervisor(s) discuss drafts of the thesis with the candidate. This shall normally take place in meetings, but other arrangements can be agreed upon. The supervision takes place on demand and shall be evenly over the master's education period.
Compulsory learning activities
The candidate is obliged to attend compulsory master's seminars. More information about the seminars will be given at the start of the master's program.
The candidate must hand in a project description to his/her supervisor and thereafter to the program committee within a given deadline. The project description must contain:
- background and bibliography,
- research questions,
- research- and working method,
- evaluation plan, and
- expected result
The project description is prepared in several iterations.
The master’s thesis will be assessed in accordance with §15 of Supplementary regulations for degree programs at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiB (https://wiki.uib.no/matnat/images/e/e3/Regulations_degree_programmes_MatNat_2019.pdf)
A-F, F is not passed