3 – Tutoring and assessment

Tutoring during the master thesis CS

The student will be assigned to a main tutor and a co-tutor. Both the main tutor and co-tutor are teaching staff related to the educational department of the bachelor Communication Science and/or the master Communication Studies. In general, in order to be able to give expert advice, the main tutor is related to the master track of the master Communication Studies in which the research project finds its origin. The co-tutor (or co-reader) will generally be assigned to supervise the (final) research design before conduction the actual research and the co-tutor will also be involved during the (final) reporting stage and the assessment of the master thesis CS.

The actual tutor(s) of the Master Thesis CS will be assigned by the master thesis coordinator in consultation with the eligible tutors, and always based on a research proposal from the student.

Assessment of the master thesis CS

Considering the learning goals, the master thesis CS will be assessed by the tutor(s)based on following aspects:

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Design and execution of the research project:

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Process aspects and management of the project

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Overall and academic reporting quality

1) Design and execution of the research project

Regarding the assessment of the design and execution of the Master Thesis CS, the tutors will take into account the following aspects:

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The quality of the problem definition / research questions

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The quality and profundity of the use of relevant and contemporary literature

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The definition and consequent use of (main) theoretical constructs

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The selection, appropriateness and justification of used research methods and subsequent construction of research instruments

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The analytical and statistical quality of the result section

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Methodological quality in terms of sample sizes, reliability and validity of the research

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Relevance and profundity of the conclusions and discussion section

2) Process aspects and management of the research project

Looking at the process and management of the research project, the tutors will take following aspects into account.

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The extent to which the student has independently designed and executed the research project.

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The extent to which the student has independently managed the time schedule of the research project.

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The extent to which the student has demonstrated his or her creativity in terms of designing and executing the research project.

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The extent to which the student has demonstrated his or her social and academic skills during the contact moments with the tutor(s) and towards external stakeholders involved in the research project.

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The overall devotion and dedication of the student towards the research project.

3) Overall and academic reporting quality

Concerning the overall and academic reporting quality of the research project, the following aspects are subject to assessment.

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The consequent application of academic (APA) writing guidelines, depending on the type of reporting (article / research report).

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The quality and readability of the report in terms of language use, structuring and lay-out aspects.

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The overall information density of the report in terms of to the point reporting and avoidance of redundant and/or non-relevant (contextual) information.