A UAS bachelor’s thesis requires a compulsory maturity test. According to the Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences (1129/2014), Section 8): “For the degree, the student must write a maturity test in the field of his/her thesis that demonstrates familiarity with the field and command of the Finnish or Swedish language. The university of applied sciences makes the decision on the maturity test where the student is not required to possess the language skills referred to in Section 7(1).”
The purpose of completing a maturity test is to demonstrate the student’s familiarity with the topic of their thesis and mastery of their mother tongue (their school language). If the student has completed their school education abroad or in a language other than Finnish or has been allowed to take the maturity test in a language other than the degree programme’s language of instruction, the expertise group manager will make the decision about the maturity test language.
- A maturity test is an essay written on a topic provided by the teacher, or a media release on the results of the thesis.
- The maturity test of a UAS bachelor’s thesis is always written as an individual work even if the thesis had been done as group work.
- The maturity test is written in formal style and taking into account the general structure of an essay/media release. The maturity test thus also demonstrates competence in various text types. The maturity test of a UAS master’s thesis is written as a media release in accordance with the Media Release Instructions.
- The maturity test is titled according to the topic and subtitles are used if necessary. The main title should indicate which question is answered in the maturity test. Paragraph division is indicated by an empty line between paragraphs.
- The matter is presented in the student’s own words, i.e. the maturity test is an independent essay separate from the thesis. The content of the maturity test must be comprehensible in its entirety without the reader having seen the thesis.
- The maturity test of a UAS bachelor’s thesis is a comparable to an exam, which means that no material may be used as an aid in the test. Source material must not be paraphrased in the maturity test either, so source references are not used in it.
- The maturity test is completed timed in Moodle (web text) or in the EXAM. In both the cases, the duration of the maturity test shall not exceed 3 hours.
- The media release to be prepared as a maturity test in UAS master’s theses is written independently without a time limit, though the reasonable maximum time specified for the maturity test must be taken into consideration in it. When the media release is applied to the maturity test of a UAS bachelor’s degree, the maximum duration (3 hours) set for the maturity test must be taken into account. The student returns the media release to the supervising teacher via Wihi.
- The student can register for a maturity test when their thesis is in the finishing phase.
- The student must follow the instructions provided by the degree programme when registering and completing the test.
Completing a maturity test in EXAM/Moodle
The Lapland UAS uses the EXAM system to complete a maturity test , for which User instructions have been prepared. When a maturity test is completed in the EXAM, the maximum text length is 600 words or 4,500 characters.
The maturity test can also be written as web text in Moodle. In that case, too, the length of the text must be at least 600 words or 4,500 characters. For more information on completing the maturity test in Moodle, see degree programme specific learning environments.
Evaluation of the maturity test
The content of the maturity test of a UAS bachelor’s thesis is verified by the teacher instructing the thesis and its linguistic form by the communications teacher. The maturity test is evaluated on a scale of pass – fail. The evaluation focuses on the following:
Content (assessed by the instructor):
- Command of the subject and process
- The content addresses the core issues concerning the title and topic.
- Correctness and reliability of processing
Text (assessed by the communications teacher):
- Structuring (e.g. correlation between the title and text, structure and structuring specific to the text type, titles and paragraph division)
- Comprehensibility (including the independence of the text, argumentation, statements and their justifications)
- Clarity (e.g. sentence structure, use of professional terms, choice of words, appearance according to instructions)
- Style (formal style) and language (e.g. spelling).
The maturity test of a UAS master’s thesis is assessed for all of the above-mentioned aspects only by the teacher instructing the thesis.