SASK14301E  Master thesis Animal Science 45 ECTS

Volume 2017/2018
Education

MSc in Animal Science - compulsory

Content

The purpose of the thesis is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to work independently with an academic topic which is an important part of the individual student’s academic profile.

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed his/her thesis has acquired the following competencies:

 

Knowledge:

  • Identify scientific problems within the study programme’s subject areas.
  • Summarise a suitable combination of methodologies/theories based on international research for use in his/her work with the problem formulation.
  • Discuss theories/models on the basis of an organised value system and with a high degree of independence.

 

Skills:

  • Apply and critically evaluate theories/methodologies, including their applicability and limitations.
  • Assess the extent to which the production and interpretation of findings/material depend on the theory/methodology chosen and the delimitation chosen.
  • Discuss academic issues arising from the thesis.
  • Draw conclusions in a clear and academic manner in relation to the problem formulation and, more generally, considering the topic and the subject area.
  • Discuss and communicate the academic and social significance, if any, of the thesis based on ethical principles.

 

If the thesis includes experimental content/own data production, the student will also be able to:

  • Substantiate the idea of conducting experimental work/producing own data in order to shed light on the topic as formulated in the problem formulation.
  • Process data through a choice of academic analysis methods and present findings objectively and in a concise manner.
  • Assess the credibility of own findings based on relevant data processing.

 

Competencies:

  • Initiate and perform academic work in a research context.
  • Solve complex problems and carry out development assignments in a work context.

 

For students enrolled in the Masters Programme in Animal Science 1. september 2016:The thesis must be written in groups of two and no more than three students under the supervision of a supervisor from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences or at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen.
Credit
45 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, .
Oral examination, 1 hour
Participation in the oral thesis defence may be made conditional upon a midway seminar being held in the thesis period with a view to preparing the student for the oral defence. The date for the midway seminar, if any, is to be stated in the thesis contract.

Thesis must be completed by groups of two and no more than 3 students. The thesis contract must specify whether the thesis is to be completed as group work.

The thesis report may either be a joint report or a report stating the contribution of each student in the group. Irrespective of the type of report prepared, the report must be included in the oral exam and thus form the basis of the individual assessment. The report type must be specified in the thesis contract.

If the group has prepared a report stating the contributions of the individual students, the students will be examined on the content of the entire report at the oral exam, taking into account the academic capabilities of the individual student. The assessment will be based on the individual student’s contribution to the report and the oral presentation

Exam form
The thesis is concluded with an oral defence lasting approx. 60 minutes, including a presentation and questions lasting approx. 30 minutes pr. person (maximum 1 hour pr. group).


The oral defence is public, and the supervisor announces the time and place for the defence.
If the thesis includes a confidential component, this part of the thesis may be considered behind closed doors in connection with the oral defence. Only the student(s), internal examiner and external examiner participate.

The entire thesis may not be considered behind closed doors. In exceptional cases, however, the dean may grant an exemption from this provision.

A single grade is given for the thesis report and the oral defence. In addition to assessing the academic content of the thesis, where the abstract is included on a par with the other components, the examiners will also assess the student’s spelling and writing proficiency. This applies regardless of which language the thesis is written in, as capacity to communicate the subject matter is included in the overall assessment.

The grade must be awarded on the same day as the thesis defence is held.
Exam registration requirements

Thesis report must have been handed in by the agreed deadline. Se KU.net for more information.

Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

To achive the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be abel to:

Knowledge:

  • Identify scientific problems within the study programme’s subject areas.
  • Summarise a suitable combination of methodologies/theories based on international research for use in his/her work with the problem formulation.
  • Discuss theories/models on the basis of an organised value system and with a high degree of independence.

 

Skills:

  • Apply and critically evaluate theories/methodologies, including their applicability and limitations.
  • Assess the extent to which the production and interpretation of findings/material depend on the theory/methodology chosen and the delimitation chosen.
  • Discuss academic issues arising from the thesis.
  • Draw conclusions in a clear and academic manner in relation to the problem formulation and, more generally, considering the topic and the subject area.
  • Discuss and communicate the academic and social significance, if any, of the thesis based on ethical principles.

 

If the thesis includes experimental content/own data production, the student will also be able to:

  • Substantiate the idea of conducting experimental work/producing own data in order to shed light on the topic as formulated in the problem formulation.
  • Process data through a choice of academic analysis methods and present findings objectively and in a concise manner.
  • Assess the credibility of own findings based on relevant data processing.

 

Competencies:

  • Initiate and perform academic work in a research context.
  • Solve complex problems and carry out development assignments in a work context.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Guidance
  • 20
  • Project work
  • 1215,5
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Total
  • 1237,5