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Bachelor Assignment

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

The Bachelor's Thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies for solving a given assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer.
The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.

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


Bachelor's theses can have several different forms. In many theses include construction - or experimental work, while other theses are more theoretical. A thesis can be an overview-based thesis where an overview of a concept is made out of different literature sources, a more completementary discussion-based thesis, or a thesis aiming to solve a spesific problem or develop a product. Generally a thesis must include a clearly defined aim, be well structured, easy to navigate in and easy to read. The arguments for and a against a certain statement must be logically presented. A fellow student with a similar background should be able to read the thesis without having to use extra information material in order to understand the message. Reproduction of content from teaching books etc. about general theory and knowledge should be limited. The candidate must make a list of references for the thesis.
More information about the Bachelor's thesis is to be found at Faculty's web-pages: www.uis.no

Required prerequisite knowledge

TEKBAV Vitenskapsteori og etikk- essay
Referring to rules and regulations for the Bachelor's- and Master's thesis about requirements of minimum amount of completed ECTS in order to write the Bachelor's thesis.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Bacheloroppgave1/11 A - FAll written and printed means are allowed. Calculators are allowed.
Read more: http://student.uis.no/getfile.php/Intranett%20Studentsider%20og%20ansattsider/Reglar1.pdf
Philosophy of science and Ethics The essay must be submitted by March 15 (the essay must be approximately 5000 words). 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 coordinator
Alejandro Escalona Varela
Head of Department
Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

Project work: It is important for both student and supervisor to establish a successfull cooperation throughout the work progress. This can for example be accomplished trough regular meetings where the student present and discuss the work during the working progress. A good practice is that the student has written something prior to the meeting as a basis for discussions with the supervisor. It is an advantage for the student to start the writing prosess as soon as possible.
The Bachelor project should be relevant to the study programme. The student may either choose in a list of proposed projects given by the academic staff at the department, he/she may propose his/her own project and get help to formulate it together with one of the staff, or have a project proposal from a company or a firm. The project may be performed individually or in cooperation with one or two other students. It is important both to 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 course, Philosophy of Science will be given as a concentrated lecture series of 10-12 hours in the beginning of the semester. This course will form a basis for a written essay on a chosen theme.
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 minimum 5000 words). 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

Geosciences Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme


The litterature used depends on the type of thesis. All litterature used in the thesis must be listed in the list of reference. This includes: books, articles, manuals etc. which is reffered to in the thesis. It is important to clearly specify what is original and referenced material. The reader must be given a notice if you reproduce a text. Formulations as "this paragraph (or section) is to a large extent taken from...", "this paragraph (or section) is inspired of..." kan be used to give a correct description of the origin of the thesis content. Take note of the sources during the work. It may be difficult to find them later. The references shall contain the following three elements:
1. Author(s) name
2. Title of article/book
3. Information of publisher
Per Arne Bjørkum: Annerledestenkerne - En reise i vitenskapens historie, 3. utg. 2009
  • Svein Aage Christoffersen; Handling og dømmekraft, 2012.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020