Bachelor assignment

Information about the third year and finding a bachelor assignment, generations 2009 and earlier (pre-TOM)

The third year of Advanced Technology – checklist (for generations 2009 and earlier)

In your third year there are a few important events that you need to pay attention to. This document aims to describe: the course list, finding a bachelor assignment and requesting approval and applying for the bachelor exam.

Course list

Once you have decided which master programme you wish to continue with (usually before the end of your second year), make an appointment with the contact person for that programme (can be found online) to discuss the compulsory and optional subjects for your third year of AT. Don’t just assume that the subjects listed in the ‘route to master programmes’-document are still correct.

Make a plan which must include: Modern Physics (or equivalent from the Science Module), all subjects required for admission to the master of your choice and the bachelor assignment. If you have EC’s left, you can fill those in with (part of) a minor or subjects that complement the rest of your AT curriculum.

Have the form ‘Request agreement for admission to the master programme’ signed by the master of your choice (it is not compulsory but we strongly advise you to do so)

In case you need (more) help compiling your course list, consult the AT study advisor.

Make sure your course load for the bachelor-phase (your second and third year) is at least 120 EC.

Once you have compiled your course list, fill in the form (request approval course list) which can be found on:

http://www.utwente.nl/at/forms/

Hand in the form at BOZ-AT (HR Z202) addressed to the board of examiners AT

After the meeting of the board of examiners you will receive a letter/e-mail stating whether your course list has been approved of.

Bachelor assignment

Every AT student is required to do a 15 EC bachelor assignment. You can start thinking about your bachelor assignment once you start planning your third year. Keep in mind that before you can start your B-assignment you need to have finished your ‘P’ and have at least 85 EC from your B-phase (so 145 EC in total)

The first step in finding a bachelor assignment is reading up on the research groups at the UT and their research topics. Make a list of groups that you might be interested in, and find out more about those. Once you’ve got your list down to about two or three groups, make an appointment with the contact person for bachelor assignments (name can be found on the group’s website) for those groups.

During your appointment with the group’s contact person it is important that you are well-prepared, and that you get your questions answered. At this point it is also essential that you talk about planning, this is especially important if for example you need to take a subject parallel to doing your B-assignment, or if you want to continue during the summer.

Decide which assignment you find most interesting and fill in the ‘Request for approval bachelor assignment' with your B-assignment supervisor

(http://www.utwente.nl/at/forms/)

Hand in the form at BOZ-AT (HR Z202) addressed to the board of examiners AT, this has to be done no later than a month before you wish to start your assignment. After the meeting of the board of examiners you will receive a letter/e-mail stating whether your bachelor assignment has been approved of and who the external examiner in your bachelor assignment committee will be. After you have received approval from the board of examiners you can start your bachelor assignment.

More information on the bachelor assignment, and the way it will be assessed, can be found below.

Applying for the bachelor exam

When you have nearly finished all your AT courses, you can apply for your bachelor exam. This is done by filling in the ‘application form for the bachelor exam’ which can be found on the same website as the other forms. Hand in the form at BOZ-AT (HR Z202) addressed to the board of examiners AT. Your application will be discussed during the next meeting of the board of examiners, if you meet all the requirements they will declare that you passed your bachelor exam, and you will be invited for the next bachelor graduation ceremony.

Bachelor´s assignment

The individual Bachelor’s assignment is the completion of the Bachelor’s program. The main objective of the BSc-assignment is for the student to learn to apply a suitable research methodology under supervision. One important prerequisite of the assignment is that it has to reflect the multidisciplinary character of the Advanced Technology (AT) programme.

The assignment is performed under supervision of a Bachelor’s Assignment Committee (BAC). The assignment can be done in one of the research chairs of the UT. Under certain conditions, the assignment can be done (partially) at an external organization.

Contents

The student performs scientific research of a limited size and profundity under the supervision of a member of the scientific staff. During the first weeks of the assignment, the student has to define a research plan in accordance with the daily supervisor and the BAC. The assignment is completed with a written report (the BSc-thesis) and a public oral presentation.

Duration

The BSc-assignment has a study load of 15 EC (credits), which corresponds to duration of 420 hours (or 10.5 weeks of 40 hours etc.).

Educational objectives

The main objective of the BSc assignment is for the student to learn to apply a suitable research methodology under supervision. A detailed list of the learning objectives of the BSc programme is defined in the AT Program and the Exam Regulation (the “OER”). In relation to the BSc-assignment, the student is able to:

1.Perform technological research at BSc-level:

1.1.Understand the basics of and has some skills in the field of Advanced Technology

1.2.Has the basic knowledge and skills for doing research in Advanced Technology,

1.3.(problem analysis, theoretical and experimental approach, execution and result analysis),

1.4.Has the basic skills for analysing and solving a technological problem,

1.5.Has the knowledge for a scientific approach and possesses some basic intellectual skills (handle complexity),

2.Collaborate and communicate with specialists in the chosen track and other stakeholders:

2.1.Can write a scientific report describing the research,

2.2.Can give an oral presentation (including discussion) of the research.

3.Integrate insights in the technological and the social context into the scientific work.

BSc-Assignment Committee

The BSc-Assignment Committee consists minimally of the three following members:

1.A chairperson, which is a professor or UHD of the UT research-chair in which the assignment is done,

2.A daily supervisor, which is a member of the scientific staff (this can be the chairperson),

3.A ‘external member’ of the permanent scientific staff, preferably a member of the teaching staff of AT

The external member is added to committee to:

1.ensure that BSs-assignments are assessed in a similar way,

2.provide additional knowledge and alternate views from other fields,

If the daily supervisor is a PhD-student, then preferably the supervisor of the PhD-student should be added to the committee in order to monitor the interests of the bachelor student concerned.

To assign a grade to the student for his or her assignment, at least the abovementioned members should be consulted (otherwise, the grade is not valid).

In addition to the abovementioned members, also scientific experts from outside the chair may be part of the BSc-Assignment Committee.

The BSc-assignment takes place in one of the chairs of the University of Twente. An external assignment is only possible by exception, to be judged by the Board of Examiners. In case of an external assignment, a scientific staff member from the UT (professor or UHD) has to take the responsibility for the assignment, and acts as chairperson of the BSc-Assignment Committee.

The needed form is uploaded at the AT website:

http://www.utwente.nl/at/forms/

Assessment checklist BSc-assignment AT

Research


•Problem analysis:

oContents and structure of research plan,

oUse of relevant scientific literature

•Execution of the graduation assignment:

oApplication of research plan (methodology),

oBasic theoretical skills,

oBasic experimental skills

•Analysis of the results:

oApplication of data analysis,

oFeedback to the research goals


Report and presentation


•Report (BSc. thesis):

oContents and structure,

oDesign and lay-out,

oLanguage,

oDiscussion of results, conclusions and recommendations,

oLiterature references, list of symbols, description of laboratory set-up, etc.

•Presentation:

oContents,

oMessage, and connection to public,

oExplanation about methods and results,

oStyle of presenting and use of audio-video support tools,

oDiscussion and response to questions


General aspects


•General aspects:

oOriginality and creativity,

oAttitude, effort, pace, dedication, commitment, organization,

oCo-operation with “problem owner” and with co-workers