Course code M60-HV

M60-HV Master's Thesis

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Course responsible: Øystein Ahlstrøm
Teachers: Stine Hanne Telneset
ECTS credits: 60
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallell and Spring parallell.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Course contents:
Master students in animal science are required to write a master thesis on a topic within the fields of breeding and genetics, molecular genetics, nutrition or ethology. The research proposal must be discussed and approved by with the student's supervisor. The master thesis is an independent academic work. Independent gathering and analysis of data and correct use of sources are key elements of the dissertation. The student may also conduct fieldwork. The student is supervised in developing a research proposal. 
Learning outcome:

A master thesis is a comprehensive working process. When completed, it  provides the student with in depth knowledge of a specific topic and relevant methods and theories. The master thesis will have been structured according to academic standards. 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 animal science.
  • 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. 
Teaching support:
It is recommended that the students actively use the courses that the University Library, Writing Centre and other resources that NMBU offers.
Syllabus:
Relevant literature will be identified through a review process guided by the supervisor.
Prerequisites:
Solid knowledge within the subject of the thesis
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The student must submit a signed contract 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 BIOVIT.
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