The Bachelor’s thesis 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.
The attainment targets below apply for the Bachelor’s thesis and the Individual Assignment.
In the performance and presentation of their Bachelor’s thesis, the students have demonstrated that they can:
- make an appropriate choice of department, supervisor and research proposal (information acquisition, self-knowledge and communication);
- keep a logbook (document management, integration of knowledge and skills and reflection);
- concretize the research proposal (starting with interpretation, ideas development and operationalization, followed by literature research and practice with instruments/tools, to come to a well-founded and concrete research question or design specification);
- prepare a research plan (complete overview with step-by-step plan and timeline);
- efficiently implement the research plan and make any necessary adjustments, in consultation with the supervisor, if new insights require it (efficient working method, plan adjustment);
- submit progress reports (provide evidence that they are taking the right path to reach the primary objectives);
- draw up an unambiguous problem definition which expresses the core structure of the work and reporting, for example in the form of an introduction, summary or poster;
- make and keep appointments for supervision meetings (communication);
- agree on a method of assessment and the criteria for awarding grades (communication, for example the criteria for being awarded a grade of 10 and those for a fail);
- agree on the consequences of missing deadlines or completing the thesis too late, as well as the consequences of a fail (communication);
- repare a compulsory final report (logical and efficient presentation of the work to the technical-scientific forum);
- give a compulsory final presentation of the work (oral PowerPoint presentation for an audience of fellow Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s students and department staff).
The student is responsible for meeting the requirements of the aforementioned attainment targets. The more initiative the student demonstrates in achieving these targets (including asking questions), the better they will have demonstrated that the attainment targets have been achieved.
The final grade is determined by the quality of the work performed (the quality level), the final report, the final presentation and the working methods used (which are revealed, among others by the quality of the research plan, progress reports, problem definition, etc.). The latter can be delivered orally or in writing, according to the agreement between the supervisor and the student.
The Bachelor’s thesis is 14.5 ECTS credits, which is equivalent to a study load of 400 hours or 10 weeks working fulltime. Students who commence a Bachelor’s thesis in a particular department (academic Chair) are required to reach agreements on the timeframe beforehand. This entails that students agree on a final deadline, taking account of any other activities that may run parallel to the Bachelor’s thesis (such as modules). A deadline may be exceeded by a maximum of two weeks and has as consequence that the maximum attainable grade is then a 6.
Students must apply for a Bachelor’s degree with the Office of Educational Affairs. Students can apply in any month with the exception of July.
The Office of Educational Affairs will assess whether all the conditions for obtaining the degree have been met. A collective Bachelor’s graduation ceremony takes place once per year in October. A University-wide first year diploma ceremony is also held once per year in late September or early October.