Course code B15-LI

B15-LI Bachelor's Thesis

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Course responsible: Kristin Marie Berg
Teachers: Claudia Fongar, Frode Degvold, Jorun Hovind, Kjersti Vallevik Håbjørg, Ingjerd Solfjeld, Anne Ragnhild Aude, Kathrine Strøm, Katinka Horgen Evensen, Ingrid Merete Ødegård, Tore Edvard Bergaust
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Primary January block and Spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually and mandatory from spring 2019.
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The bachelor's thesis must be an independent specialization thesis with relevance within the landscape engineering programme.

The process leading up to the submitted assignment consists of: Choice of topic, assigned supervisor, make schedule and agreement guidance, sign contract, designing problem, planning method and method of implementation, acquire/familiarize yourself with relevant theory and empirical data, possibly carry out field surveys/field inspections/own studies, process, present and discuss own data against theory/empirical data as well as complete and submit written assignments.

The approach and task implementation may depend on the topic and method selection. It can be based on science (soil, plant subjects, biology, ecology), technical subjects (civil engineering, materials theory, construction, stormwater problems) or social sciences/management (operational, strategic or political level). The thesis can also be angled locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

The thesis may be based solely on literature, but will often include a survey where the student collects, processes and produces data. Usually, most tasks of this type will have such a structure: - introduction with presentation of research question(s) - briefly on approach and method - presentation of theory and empirical data in the field - describe methodology and results of own field surveys / field inspections and / or literature surveys - discuss the findings in light of theory / empirical data - summarize/summarize and design conclusion - literature list, references. Finally, summaries and prefaces are written.

Learning outcome:

The bachelor's thesis will give the student practice in independent work by carrying out an assignment/preparing a report in which the student himself has defined, planned, completed and completed the work within the set time frame. The student should be able to acquire relevant information to give answers to a defined problem. The student will develop independent skills in written academic dissemination within a chosen topic.

Through the bachelor's thesis, the student should have achieved the following learning objectives defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:

The student should have knowledge:

  • on key topics and current issues in research and development work within the chosen topic
  • about identifying problem(s) and formulating problem(s)
  • about theories, issues and methods in the field
  • about role understanding in academic discussions, processes and projects
  • on the social meaning of the topic, including interaction with other disciplines

The student should have skills in:

  • apply professional knowledge of methods and tools
  • collect, process and present literature-based information or own data
  • use relevant academic language and professional tools, techniques and illustrative forms of expression
  • carry out systematic and targeted investigative work
  • prepare and present a written report with appropriate structure
  • be able to justify their conclusions 
  • oral presentation of own work

The student should have acquired general competence in:

  • manage their own learning work and progress with independence
  • make an update of one's own knowledge in the field
  • have a critical look at one's own work and be able to reflect on counter-arguments and other perspectives
Learning activities:

Self-programming work. This includes:

Independence and personal effort (based on framework conditions and guidance process)Structure, presentation ways and layoutIssue and method descriptionData collection and/or literature surveyData processing and presentationDiscussion of collected data or other information, ability to find and learn from literature/    research from others, understanding roles and contextsLinguistic precision, both terminology of subject and in general.Oral presentation and answers to questions from sensors (structure, precision, understanding literature and own surveys)
Teaching support:
Individual supervision of the assigned main supervisor. In addition, the aim is for start-up and mid-seminars where the topic and angle of the thesis are discussed by several supervisors/students in groups. The student group shall be a support group for the individual. Courses in literature search and citations are offered at the NMBU library. 
In addition to literature that can be provided by the supervisor, the student shall suggest and provide relevant literature and other relevant materials for the task.
The student must have approved all compulsory courses included in the landscape engineering programme - up to and including 2.5 years of study.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

A contract form with the supervisor must be signed by both student and supervisor and delivered to the faculty administration within the set deadline.

The thesis must be presented orally on Graduate day in June.  Exceptionally, exemption may be granted, for instance by sick leave. The candidate must deliver a written application.

Written assignment with the following oral presentation, assessed by an external examiner in collaboration with internal examiner. Rating: A-E = Pass / Fail = F.
Nominal workload:
375 hours: From this students should decide the following: 2-6 hours joint seminar, 3 hours library courses, 2-4 hours individual instruction, 1 hour orally presentation of thesis.  
Type of course:
Seminars and tutorials.
It is expected that the student will contact the supervisor immediately after the award and sign a contract.  The student must initiate courses in literature search and citations from nmbu library. The course is being structured, changes may therefore occur.
External examiners in collaboration with internal examiners assess the thesis individually.
Examination details: Term paper: Letter grades