Course code B15-BIOL

B15-BIOL Bachelor's Thesis

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Course responsible: Jorunn Elisabeth Olsen
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallel and Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014H
Preferential right:
Third year Bachelor students at NMBU.  
Course contents:

Bachelor students in biology may write a bachelor thesis as elective credits on a topic within the field of biology. The research proposal must be discussed and approved by the student's supervisor. 

The bachelor thesis is an independent academic work. Independent gathering and analysis of sources (primary and/or secondary) are key elements. The student may also conduct fieldwork. The student is supervised in developing a research proposal. If the student is conducting fieldwork, it is required that the supervisor approves the research proposal prior to travel to the field.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: After completing a bachelor thesis the student will have knowlegde of a spesific topic and relevant methods and theories.

Skills:  The student has got skills in finding, evaluating and referring to information and present this addressing the problem. Moreover, the student gained skills in applying scientific knowledge, make reasoned choices and handles relevant professional tools, techniques and forms of expression.

General Competence: The student has under guidance gained expertise in planning and conducting an independent project and dissemination of academic issues.

Learning activities:
Supervision: Each student is entitled to 20 hours of supervision (including the supervisor's share of the marking) for a 15 ECTS bachelor thesis. Students sign a contract with the supervisor. The supervisory relationship is guided by the contract as well as common understandings for supervisory responsibility. Writing a research proposal is an integrated part of the thesis process and its supervision. The student has a responsibility to stay in touch with the supervisor. The student submits a signed contract to the supervisor and to the study administration.
Teaching support:
It is recommended that the students actively use the courses offered by the University Library, Writing Centre and all other resources available at the University.
Relevant literature will be identified through a review process guided by the supervisor.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The student must submit a signed contract to the supervisor and to the study administration at the faculty before he/she can start working on his/hers thesis.
One written thesis that counts 100 % of the grade.
Nominal workload:
375 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
External examiner is used in the evaluation of the bachelor thesis.
Examination details: Term paper: A - E / F