Course code M30-ØA

M30-ØA Master's Thesis

Check for course changes due to the coronavirus outbreak on Canvas and StudentWeb.

Norsk emneinformasjon

Search for other courses here

Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2020 .

Course responsible: Marie Gotteberg Steen
ECTS credits: 30
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Autum parallel or Spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014H
Course contents:

The master thesis is an independent and scientific research project, a masterpiece meant to show maturity, reflection and analytical skills within the subjects of business administration, and you chosen profile.

The course comprises seminars under supervision in groups, you own independent work with the thesis, and feedback and discussions with you supervisor. The thesis should be a report at a high level within your thematic profile.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge

The master thesis will give you the opportunity to be immersed in a chosen theme and apply theoretical insight in an independent work. When you have accomplished the thesis as well as the oral defense, you will have knowledge on:

The research process and its dissemination

Planning, organising and implementing and reporting a project

You will have specialized knowledge on the scientific foundation and methods relevant for doing research and studies within your specialization field.

Skills

You shall have acquired the following skills:

Applying social scientific approaches and methods to collect, analyse and interpret information.

You shall be able to assess own and other professionals, use of method, assessments and information.

You shall be able to write a systematic and coherent professional text.

You shall be able to conduct independent investigations and analyses of topics within your field of specialization, in line with existing ethical standards.

General competence You shall have the following general competence:

Experience in using methods and written presentations, that will be useful in evaluation and development work in practical settings.

You shall be able to identify and analyse theoretical and practical

ethical problems within the field of business administration.

You shall be able to present a larger, independent report to the general public.

You shall be able to participate actively, develop and implement advanced projects and tasks in your work practice.

Learning activities:
The master's thesis should be written by two students in collaboration. The efforts should be equally shared between the students. In exceptional cases, a student will be allowed to write alone. In order to write alone the course responsible must contacted,. Collaboration between two authors provides numerous benefits and synergies in relation to theoretical understanding, data collection and analysis. A master's thesis written by two studens is expected to include more thorough work and show higher quality than one written by a sole author. Experience also shows that this is the case. It requires more time for collaboration and gives better results. There is no difference in requirement regarding number of pages in the master's thesis.. Start early to think about with whom you want to collaborate with and feel free to contact the program responsible at the master programme in business administration.
Teaching support:

There is 40 hours of allocated time for supervision including examination, reading and commenting on the last draft, as well as seminars.

Mandatory activities: participation in one workshop in May. Here you will start planning your master thesis, discuss different topics and problem formulations and the process of finding a partner to write with. This will give you the basis to plan your master thesis project. 

Some of the mandatory elements in M30-ØA will from 2020 be moved to the new course BUS345, and all students in M30-ØA are required to take the mandatory elements even if they don't complete BUS345. Such elements are: How to find researchable topics; How to write a project proposal; general writing rules in scientific writing; literature search; citation, references and plagiarism.

Other elements in BUS345/BUS350/AOS340  may be mandatory dependent on whether you write a qualitatively or quantitatively oriented master thesis.

Voluntary activitites: two seminars - one in the spring, one in January. 

Syllabus:

Recommended literature: 

Day, T.  (2013).  Success in Academic writing, Palgrave, London.

Prerequisites:
It is assumed that students have completed around 90 ECTS before the writing of the master thesis begins.
Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that students, who have not previously attended a writing course, e.g. LNG240 Academic Writing, do so in the second semester.
Mandatory activity:

Mandatory activities: participation in one workshop in May. Here you will start planning your master thesis, discuss different topics and problem formulations and the process of finding a partner to write with. This will give you the basis to plan your master thesis project. 

Some of the mandatory elements in M30-ØA will from 2020 be moved to the new course BUS345, and all students in M30-ØA are required to take the mandatory elements even if they don't complete BUS345. Such elements are: How to find researchable topics; How to write a project proposal; general writing rules in scientific writing; literature search; citation, references and plagiarism.

Other elements in BUS345/BUS350/AOS340 may be mandatory dependent on whether you write a qualitatively or quantitatively oriented master thesis.

The student must submit a signed contract to supervisor and to the study administration at the faculty 1st of December for thesis in spring semester or 1st of May for thesis in autumn semester, and submit a more detailed project plan in Canvas and by e-mail to your supervisor within 10th of January for thesis in spring semester or 1st of June for thesis in autumn semester.

Assessment:
The master thesis is evaluated and graded on a scale from A-F. Evaluation of the master thesis has two elements: First and foremost the grade is based on the written thesis which is evaluated by an external examiner, in dialogue with the internal supervisor. Furthermore the defense of the thesis works as a quality check, you have to be ready to explain and defend your choices and explain how you have worked with the thesis. Read the instructions from the homepage for the School of Economics and Business about delivering and the oral defense. Common practice for the defense is a 15-20 minutes presentation and then a discussion with the external examiner. The discussion can result in an adjustment of the final grade for the thesis. The total defense of the master thesis usually takes an hour. 
Entrance requirements:
Masterstudents at NMBUs master program
Examiner:
The degree thesis shall be graded by at least one external examiner and one internal examiner. The main supervisor is usually the internal examiner.
Examination details: Term paper: A - E / F