BSc-EE thesis

The Bachelor’s thesis (course codes 202001161 and 202001162) is the culmination of the Bachelor’s programme. A Bachelor’s thesis is carried out in the form of a research project within a department. It is an opportunity to put the knowledge learned during the programme into practice. The Bachelor’s thesis is used to assess the student’s initiative and their ability to plan, report and present a project. The difficulty level of the thesis is described by the attainment targets of the programme and the modules followed up until that moment. Students work independently on a Bachelor’s thesis or Individual Assignment (IOO) under the guidance of a supervisor.

Bsc thesis in corona-time

Because of the partial closure of the UT, the limited access to the labs requires (partial) off-site BSc-EE thesis projects (simulations, programming, etc). This leaves 2 options:

1. Completely off-site projects. We have asked teachers to try and think of such a project that meets the learning goals, and post it on Canvas. Therefore, we advise you to be pro-active and ask your favourite staff member / group if they can think of a suitable project.

2. Partial on-site projects. Contact your favourite group / staff member for possible on-site projects. Depending on the accessibility of your lab, you can start reading literature, and formulating the research question. Perhaps even start designing the experiment. Please discuss with your supervisor how you can put in the required effort in terms of time and science, needed to complete the thesis.

In either case, we have to be pragmatic. Communication between yourself and your supervisors is key to find an optimum in finishing your thesis.

protocol

  • The student is responsible for finding a project and supervisor.
  • The student signs up in Osiris for both course codes 202001161 and 202001162, and in Mobility Online (standard pipeline), which has a manual here.
  • The supervisor has to take care of a complete committee that meets the requirements (below), and may help supply some information needed in mobility online.
  • The module coordinator and BOZ will check if the requirements are met for (i) starting the BSc thesis, (ii) the assignment description and (iii) the EE BSc committee
  • You will receive an email after registration approval (is checked by BOZ and module coordinator)
  • Project time! 
  • Assessment and grading is based on your report, presentation and questions

Below you can find more info regarding registration, committee requirements, assessment and applying for the degree. 

registration form (obsolete)

As of July 2020 the BSc thesis registration form is no longer needed.  

Requirements for the EE BSc thesis committee

The official requirements are in article B7 of the OER Bsc EE:

  • The chair shall appoint a supervisory committee consisting of at least three persons. The committee consists of the daily supervisor, an assistant professor or associate professor or full professor of the chosen research chair and a member not being a member of the research chair involved (sometimes called an external member).
  • The supervisory committee shall include at least two examiners.

Update 2020: We note that in March 2020 the BSc-EE thesis committee requirements have been relaxed by the examination board: previously they asked for 2 EE-examiners. From March 2020 onwards, you need 1 examiner from the supervising EE group, and 1 other examiner. The second may be from a different discipline (CS, M) or of another faculty (ET, S&T).

Examiners are appointed by the examination board of a faculty. For the purpose of the BSc thesis, the examiner list of EE is available upon request via module12-ee@utwente.nl.

Format BSc thesis reports

Student & supervisor together choose between the following formats:

  • A report of 20-30 pages
  • A paper of 4-8 pages, excluding appendices (e.g. for extra figures, designs, code, fitting procedures, etc)
  • A variation of the above approved by the supervisor/committee

Please email your finished thesis to the members of your BSc committee. After getting a sufficient degree, you must upload your thesis in http://essay.utwente.nl (double-check confidentiality with your supervisor). For more information, see this link: http://essay.utwente.nl/upload.html. After you have uploaded your thesis, your supervisors and BOZ receive an automatically generated e-mail. Your thesis will be available on UT student Theses in three working days and will be linked to your file in the UT archive.

Format talks & questions

The EE bachelor presentations are normally held on the last Friday of the module; in Q1 and Q3 the student is supposed to pick time and place with his committee. In case of Q2 and Q4 we may have a conference-like schedule, with 35 minutes for every student: 15 minute talks + 20 minutes for questions from committee and audience.

Off-campus presentations: These can be done in your favourite online tool, e.g. BlueJeans or MS teams allowing you to invite family and friends. If needed, we can help set up an online platform. In any case, please send the time and link of your presentation to the module coordinator (module12-ee@utwente.nl) so we can upload it to Canvas.

On-campus presentations: There are 5 minutes between slots to set up the next presentation and audience leaving/entering the room. If possible, upload your presentation before your session, or check out the room how to connect your laptop to the system. The chair moderates talks and questions, and coordinates the timing. The exact program of the end conferences will be announced in about a month before the actual date. 

Assessment

After your presentation and questions, the committee will give you 3 grades, namely for:

  • Scientific Quality
  • Organization, planning, collaboration
  • Communication

In order to pass the module, you must have sufficient grades (≥5.5) for all three parts. Below you can download the assessment form including the criteria. BOZ supplies filled-in forms to all committees, personalized for every student.

follow-up: getting your diploma

In order to get a BSc diploma, students must apply for a Bachelor’s degree with the Office of Educational Affairs (BOZ). Students can apply in any month with the exception of July. In order to receive your BSc diploma you will need to submit the BSc diploma form to BOZ-EE-CES@utwente.nl.

The Office of Educational Affairs will assess whether all the conditions for obtaining the degree have been met. Under normal circumstances, a collective Bachelor's graduation ceremony and a University-wide first year diploma ceremony take place annually in September/October. This year is not yet clear, we hope to inform you in due time. 

coordination Contact details

The module runs all year and is coordinated by Remke Assink and Floris Zwanenburg. You can reach us via module12-ee@utwente.nl.