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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


Theses for the Bachelor degree may be very different. Many projects include construction or experimental work, while others may be more theoretical. One project may consist of an overview presenting a topic on the basis of different literature sources, a more theoretical discussion project, or a project where the student must to solve a concrete problem or develop a product. In general the report should have a clearly defined message, be well structured, easy to browse through and easy to read. Arguments for and against a given assertion should be presented in a logical way. A fellow student with the same background should be able to read the presentations without having to resort to extra information material in order to understand the message. Reproduction of textbooks etc. on general theory and knowledge should be limited. A complete reference list should also be made. Further information about the Bachelor project can be found at the facultys web sites at www.uis.no.

Required prerequisite knowledge

TEKBAV Vitenskapsteori og etikk- essay


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work1/1 A - FAll written and printed means are allowed. Calculators are allowed.
Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10:
A bachelor's or master's 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 bachelor's or master's thesis may be granted a second attempt. In such cases, a reworked version of the bachelor's or master's 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 (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
Øystein Arild

Method of work

The Bachelor project should be relevant to the study programme. The student can choose in a list of proposed projects given by the academic staff at the department, or he/she can propose his/her own project and get help to formulate it together with one of the staff. The project can 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 essay has to be approved before you can hand in your bachelor thesis.
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

Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years


The litterature used depends on the type of thesis. All litteratur used shall be listed in the reference list. 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 shall 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: 25.02.2020