Course code M60-BIOL

M60-BIOL Master's Thesis

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Course responsible: Jorunn Elisabeth Olsen
ECTS credits: 60
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Autum parallel and Spring parallel
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Course contents:
Master students in biology are required to write a 60 credits master thesis/dissertation on a topic within the field of biology. The research proposal must be discussed and approved by the student's supervisor. The master thesis is an independent academic work. Independent gathering and analysis of sources (primary and/or secondary) are key elements of the dissertation. 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:

When the master thesis is completed, it provides the student with in depth knowledge of a specific topic and relevant methods and theories. The student will have independently searched for  and assessed various sources. The master thesis will have been structured according to academic standards. The student will have gained experience in planning and implementing a project over a period of several months. Throughout this process, the student will have gained specific knowledge, skills and competence:

  • The student will have experience in searching for various sources, reading and assessing them in the relation to a specified issue within biology.
  • The student will have presented the research topic, including methodology, data collection and analysis.
  • Through supervision, the student will have gained insight into the various steps of a research process, including methodical and ethical concerns.
  • If the student has conducted fieldwork and gathered primary data, practical experience will have been gained in assessing sources and collecting data in the field, in addition to the explanation of research results.
  • The student will have gained experience in processing feedback and can critically reflect on the results of the research and the working process.
Learning activities:
Supervision: Each student is entitled to 80 hours of supervision (including the supervisor's share of the marking) for a 60 ECTS master 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 integral 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 that the University Library, Writing Centre and other resources that the University offers.
Syllabus:
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 supervisor and to the study administration at the faculty before he/her can start working on his/hers thesis.
Assessment:
One written thesis and oral discussion.
Nominal workload:
1800 hours
Entrance requirements:
Masterstudents at NMBUs master program
Note:
Students at other master program at NMBU are welcome to do a thesis at IPV.
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 / Ikke bestått