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Bachelor Thesis in Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The bachelor's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies for solving a given assignment or problem in civil engineering. Students will show their skills, competence, abilities, creativity and critical thinking capabilities as becoming an engineer.
The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of the study program. At this stage, students will have acquired the relevant academic knowledge and competence needed for accomplishing a relevant assignments.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed and passed his or her bachelor assignment has acquired the following learning outcomes:
  • is able to work independently
  • is able to describe the problem as presented clearly, according to the terms and expressions within the academic field
  • has some experience in literature search, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field
  • is able to apply relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research
  • is familiar with and able to reason about relevant scholarly tools and techniques
  • is able to give an account of the academic problem and link the conclusion to the problem
  • is able to evaluate his/her own work critically
  • is able to defend high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, context, thus being a good role model
  • is able to exchange opinions and experiences with others and be able to participate in a scientific debate in a constructive and useful way
  • is able to determine when a scientific disagreement is of a paradigmatic nature, and be able to deal with the debate accordingly


The Bachelor Thesis consists of an independent project in which the students are to use the knowledge they have acquired during their years of study in order to solve a given problem. In addition to the thesis there will be given an organized introduction to Theory of Science explained through a historical presentation of the most important events in history of science and philosophy. You will get to know many of the creative persons who has contributed with new knowledge of nature and how their discovery has changed our view of nature and ourselves. The creative process as an assumption to generate new knowledge of nature will also be illustrated.

Required prerequisite knowledge

TEKBAV Vitenskapsteori og etikk- essay
Refer to "Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Theses" for requirements of ECTS to assign the Bachelor's Thesis.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Bachelor thesis1/1 A - F
Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10:
A bachelor or master thesis may generally only be submitted once.
a) A second attempt may be granted if a student wishes to improve their grade. In such cases, the student may not be permitted to revise a previously submitted response, but must write a new response on a new basis
b) Upon application, a candidate who has not passed the bachelors or masters thesis may be granted a second attempt. In such cases, a reworked version of the bachelors or masters thesis may be submitted, or a completely new thesis may be submitted. This must then be submitted by the specified deadline and will count as a new exam attempt.
A bachelor´s or a master´s thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.
For more information:
Philosophy of science and Ethics
The essay must be submitted by March 15 Topic for essay (Philosophy of science or Ethics) will be selected randomly after the last lecture. The essay is submitted electronically using Canvas.
Grade: Pass/No pass
For students who get a no pass, an improved essay can be resubmitted within two weeks after the grades were made public. A pass is required for a student to be allowed to submit the bachelor thesis.
For students who are writing their bachelor thesis during fall, the course must be taken the previous semester. It is not possible to take the course one year early for student that is writing the bachelor thesis during the spring semester.
NOTE! Deadline for withdrawal during the spring semester is April 1st
If the essay has been passed, but the candidate wants to resubmit the bachelor thesis (because it failed or to obtain a improved grade), the pass will stand.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Guillermo Rojas Orts , Mudiyan Nirosha Damayanthi Adasooriya , Yanyan Sha , Jarle Berge, Kjell Tore Fosså , Samarakoon Mudiyansele Samindi Samarakoon , Per Arne Bjørkum, Sudath Chaminda Siriwardane Siriwardane Arachchilage , Yaaseen Ahmad Amith , Knut Erik Teigen Giljarhus , John Charles Grønli , Samdar Kakay , Jungao Wang , Rolv Arnstein Øvrelid
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Guzman Cruz Rodriguez , Johan Andreas Håland Thorkaas , Andreas Skaare
Course coordinator
Jasna Bogunovic Jakobsen
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

Project work (accomplishment of the Bachelor Thesis). It is important for both the student and the advisor that a good cooperation routine is established during the execution of the project. This may e.g. take the form of regular meetings in which the student will present and discuss his/her work as it develops. Preferably the student should have written something that can form the basis of the conversation/discussion with the advisor. It is an advantage to start writing the thesis at the earliest possible stage
The lectures will be 4 hour per week in week 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. It is planned to stream the lectures. The essay must be submitted by March 15 (the essay must be between 7 and 10 pages). Topic for essay (Philosophy of science or Ethics) will be selected randomly after the last lecture. The essay is submitted electronically using Canvas.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Theory of Science and Ethics (BIB460_1) 5

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 11.08.2020