Bachelor's project - BSc(B)

The purpose of the bachelor's project is to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to independently formulate a business-related problem statement within a given topic, select relevant literature, apply methodologies, collect and process data, make critical assessments, conduct analyses and conclude on the question raised in the problem statement.

On these pages, you will find relevant information, links and dates regarding the bachelor's project in the sixth semester for BSc(B) students at Campus Herning.

Before the registration deadline

Information meeting

Monday 22 October 2018 at 15.15-16.00, room 3042 you are invited to an information meeting regarding the Bachelor's Project with a presentation by Christina Uldum. If you miss the introduction meeting we recommend that you read the slides from Christina Uldum which will be available here.

Writing on your own or in a group?

A bachelor's project is a comprehensive written paper, and you must decide whether you wish to write it on your own or in a group (groups of up to four persons are allowed). The most important thing to remember when choosing whether to write on your own or in a group is that you should do what is right for you. 

There are advantages of writing a bachelor's project in a group, because you will have someone to be your partner to discuss and reflect on theories and ideas with. This will usually be a great advantage, because different angles on the project will often provide a better result. But a bachelor's project requires a lot of work and will often involve many hours spent together in the group and sometimes compromises. For this reason, it is important that the group members both work well together and are socially compatible. A good tip is therefore to know the expectations of the person(s) you are writing the thesis with, as it is important that everyone in the group agree on the objective of the project. You should note that it is not possible to change groups during the process.

On studentwelfare.au.dk  you will find information and inspiration on how to work in study groups.

Choice of topic

The topic of the thesis is typically based on an existing real-life problem, that is, an issue within the academic fields of the bachelor’s programme. It may be problems in a given organisation (private or public company, interest group, etc.), an industry or the community. You choose/define the topic for your bachelor's project yourself, as long as it stays within the academic frames of your programme. When choosing the topic, you might be inspired by a problem, an observation or a phenomenon that you find interesting or by models and theories from courses you have had.

It is a good idea to search for inspiration in the links below: 

  • AU Library:
    The library's e-archive contains all publicly available bachelor's theses from 2009 on the portal (only available at campus).
  • The Career Centre:
    The Career Centre cooperates closely with the business community, which makes it very relevant for Bachelor's theses. 
  • The news/Companies' own websites:
    Use the news, the newspapers or the companies' own websites to find problems that may be relevant for a bachelor's thesis. You have access to news media and company information through the library's databases.

Registration

All supervisors are specialised in each their different field. Below you will find a list of supervisors at BTECH:

List of supervisors at BTECH.

You must register your project with a preliminary title and a request for a supervisor 1 December the latest.

  • The registration must be done online by using the registration form (the web form is closed and will be available again in the spring semester).

If you write your project in collaboration with a company you must also register a contract/confidentiality agreement.

The writing process

Course description and guidelines for written assignments

In the course description you will find the specific requirements for the Bachelor's project including types of theses and formal demands of the thesis such as summary, word count, front page, language and layout.

The guidelines for written assignments include: referencing tools, how to refer to your sources and make a reference list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Project day

In the beginning of 6th semester a project day will be held for those of you who are writing your bachelor’s project. The project day is mandatory for all students enrolled in the bachelor’s project.

On the project day, semester responsible lecturer Christina Uldum gives pieces of good advice on writing an academic project and on cooperation with companies for better and worse. You will have the chance to get clarified potential more general moot points, which may have arisen since your enrolment for the project.

In connection with the project day, a former student shares his/her experiences, tells about how he/she handled the process and answers questions.

Appendices

You can enclose appendices where you find it necessary to include extra material such as (but not limited to):

  • Supplementary information about the empirical setting
  • Interview guides, transcriptions of interviews, questionnaires, etc.
  • Reports used as secondary data sources 

The thesis is evaluated solely on the basis of the contents of the main thesis and therefore the main thesis must be a complete and meaningful document independent of the appendices.

If you use interviews as data collection, there are no formal requirements that you transcribe interviews. However, transcribing interviews will often lead to significantly better analyses of the data.

You can also attach a sound file as an electronical appendix.

Confidentiality

When you collaborate with a company you must register by using the company registration form and a confidentiality agreement. You find it here.

Note that your supervisor and the external examiner(censor) both have implicit confidentiality through their jobs. However, some companies might still ask for a confidentiality agreement between AU and the company.

Note: When handing in your project, you can choose whether it should be ‘open shelf’ (i.e. accessible to others in the future). Choosing ‘closed shelf’ will ensure that only your supervisor and the external examiner will ever see your thesis.  

Special situations

If you have any problems, such as personal or health problems which will affect your ability to complete your project, or you have unsolvable problems with fellow students in your group, contact the Student Counsellor’s Office to get information on how to handle this.

For any major changes affecting your pro, please inform your supervisor. In the rare instances of problems between you and your supervisor, first try to sort it out with the supervisor by mentioning your concerns or issues to the supervisor. If this is not possible or the problem persists, you should contact the Programme Coordinator at the department where your project is registered:

Inger Mørch Hauge - ingerh@btech.au.dk

It is important that you do not wait until you have handed in your project or until after the defence to address these issues, as misunderstandings or issues about the supervision process are not grounds for a subsequent complaint about the final grade.

Handing in the bachelor's project

Handing in the project in WISEflow

Students will receive an e-mail from WISEflow when it is possible to upload your project.

The bachelor's project must be submitted on 1 May at 14.00.

The bachelor’s project must only be uploaded in respectively WISEflow and Theses@bss. You are not allowed to hand in a paper copy of the project, as it is the uploaded version that is legally binding. When you have handed in the project in WISEflow it will automatically be send to supervisor and external examiner.

WISEflow

You will receive an e-mail from WISEflow when it is possible to upload your project. Deadline for handing in the project in WISEflow is 1 May at 14:00. This means that you should begin your upload well in advance and no later than 10 minutes before deadline, since the flow closes exactly at 14:00.

Once you have uploaded your project it is not possible to withdraw it. Therefore, you must make absolutely sure that you upload the correct version. 

If you have not previously tried to upload an assignment in WISEflow as a group, please read and follow the instructions on how to submit as a group.

The project including appendixes must be saved as one PDF-file and uploaded under “Paper”. You will receive information regarding upload via BlackBoard.

Under the category “Extra material” you can upload material like movies, sound, programs (Excel, SAS mv.). The extra material does not have to be a pdf-file and you can hand in more than one file up to a maximum size of 1 GB. If you need to hand in more than 1 GB as extra material you can send this directly to your supervisor on a USB-stick.

 

 

 

The oral defence

The department will contact you by e-mail or by Blackboard with information about when your project defence will take place (at the latest 6 weeks after it is handed in). 

The total duration of the oral examination (incl. deliberating, grading and feedback) depends on the number of students: 

  • 1 student = 45 minutes
  • 2 students = 60 minutes
  • 3 students = 75 minutes
  • 4 students = 90 minutes

Presentation
The oral exam starts with a presentation of the project (approx. 5 min. per project). There are no formal requirements for the initial presentation, but it can profitably be a quick presentation of the purpose and results of the project, but it can also be beneficial to use the time for selecting one or two areas in the project which you want to emphasise, e.g.:

  • A discussion of some of the selections and delimitations which have been made
  • Considerations concerning how the topic could be examined further
  • Correction of essential mistakes, clarifications of unclear parts or pointing out defects in the project
  • Relevant additions which have become available after the project was handed in (e.g., from the media, literature, feedback from the case company, etc.).

There are no requirements concerning how to make the presentation (poster, cue cards, presentation on your laptop, etc.). It is not recommended to use a projector for the presentation as this always ends up taking time away from the presentation.
If you are part of a group, there are no requirements concerning the division of content in the first 5 minutes.

Discussion
After your presentation, the supervisor and the external examiner will take over with questions and comments as the basis of a discussion with you about the project.

Deliberation
Afterwards you will be asked to leave the examination room, while your supervisor and co-examiner are deliberating.

Grading and feed back
Then you (or your group) will receive your overall feedback, including your respective grades. 

Reexamination

If you do not hand in or fail the Bachelor's project in May/June, you can register for the reexamination in September or December. Registration for the reexamination in September or December must take place no later than 1 July.

The deadline for submission of the Bachelor's project at reexamination is 1 September or 1 December.

In agreement with your supervisor you can choose to hand in a Bachelor's project within the same topic but with a modified problem statement. 

Students who do not pass the reexamination in September or December must register for a new Bachelor's project with a new topic according to the general rules for ordinary exams.

You register for the reexam of the Bachelor's project by filling out the web form before 1 July (the re-exam web form opens again in the spring semester 2018).

It is possible to attend the reexamination only if you have been registered for and thereby used an attempt at the ordinary exam.

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