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Thesis finishing phase bachelor’s 5 cr./master’s 10 cr.

 

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The finishing phase of the thesis, bachelor’s 5 cr./master’s 10 cr.
Plagiarism detection (Ouriginal)
The thesis report goes through Ouriginal plagiarism detection. This will happen automatically after you submit your paper to Wihi for evaluation.
 

Ouriginal is a plagiarism detection system that identifies the plagiarism of documents, such as a thesis. Once the thesis has been sent to Ouriginal for analysis, the system compares it to three different source types: internet sites, publishers’ material such as books, dictionaries and scientific articles, as well as material sent by students, which has been archived in the Ouriginal database as source material. The result of the comparison is an analysis report, which reveals not only the similarities between the compared documents, but also the percentage of similarities.

The result of the Ouriginal analysis is expressed as a percentage. The percentage refers to the percentage of your thesis that Ouriginal found a match for elsewhere. Please note that no direct conclusions can be drawn from this percentage: When Ouriginal finds many matches, you need to review the report and the source references carefully with the support of your supervisor. You will always see the result of the Ouriginal analysis yourself, and the supervisor will contact you if the result is abnormal.

Common thesis presentation seminars

Different fields of education have their own seminars to present the completed theses. In addition, the thesis can be presented in common seminars if the work is completed early, for example.
 
Presentation seminars in your own field of education

  • The completed work is discussed in the presentation seminar, which can take the form of a webinar.
  • The seminar is an open and public event.
  • The student sends their thesis to the supervisor and peer reviewer at least one week before the final seminar.
  • The student invites the commissioner to the presentation seminar.

Common presentation seminars for master’s theses

The thesis can be presented in common seminars if the work is completed early, for example.

  • At common seminars, both interim and final seminar presentations may take place.
  • Please register no later than two weeks before the presentation. Indicate the peer reviewer if already known.
  • The webinar link is indicated in the list of presentations scheduled for the day in question.

Registration for the Master's thesis seminar
Schedule of the thesis presentation seminars

Progress of the Master's thesis seminar

The thesis presentation seminars often follow the following structure:

  • opening of the event
  • presentation of the work (about 20–30 minutes)
  • peer review, if used in the degree programme (approx. 10-15 minutes)
  • possible speech of the commissioner
  • general discussion
  • supervisor’s feedback
  • end of the event

Preparation of a seminar presentation

The focus of the presentation is on presenting the results and outputs of the thesis/ development task and assessing the thesis process. The presentation should preferably be supported by illustrations. The presentation describes:

  • the summarised knowledge base, data acquisition and methodological choices of the thesis
  • the results of the work

Peer review and discussion

After the presentation, the peer reviewer will evaluate the thesis if the degree programme uses peer reviews. The peer reviewer assesses the thesis and does not criticise it. The peer reviewer prepares a few critical questions and gives an overall assessment of the work. After the peer reviewer’s speech, there is an eventual speech by the commissioner and general discussion. Finally, the supervisor gives oral feedback on the work.



Maturity test

A UAS bachelor’s thesis includes a compulsory maturity test. According to the Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences (1129/2014) and its Section 8, “Students shall write a maturity essay in the field of their thesis or thesis project to demonstrate conversance with the field and proficiency in either the Finnish or Swedish. When a student is not required to have language proficiency referred to in section 7, subsection 1, the university of applied sciences decides on the maturity test.” The purpose of completing a maturity test is to demonstrate your familiarity with the topic of your thesis and your mastery of your mother tongue (your school language). If a 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.

  • You can register for a maturity test when your thesis is in the finishing phase.
  • The maturity test can be an essay that a student writes on a subject given by the supervisor, or a media release.
  • The maturity test is completed within a set time in Moodle or EXAM
  • In Master degree programme students write a media release independently without time limit
  • Follow the instructions provided by your 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. User instructions have been prepared for the system. Completing a maturity test in EXAM: the maximum text length is 600 words or 4,500 characters.

In some situations, the maturity test is written electronically in Moodle: font Arial, pt 12, line spacing 1.5, paragraph division displayed as an empty line between paragraphs, length of the text 1.5–2 pages. Text length is at least 600 words or 4,500 characters.

 

Media release

The maturity test can also be a media release, which is used, for example, in UAS master’s programmes. The maturity test, in such a case, is a media release presenting the topic of the thesis. Write a maturity test as a media release in accordance with the practices of the UAS. The maturity test is evaluated on a scale of pass–fail. Media release instructions

 

Evaluation of the maturity test

The content of the maturity test is checked by the thesis supervisor and its linguistic form by the  language reviewer. The maturity test is evaluated on a scale of pass–fail. The evaluation focuses on the following:

Content (evaluated by the supervisor)

  • The content demonstrates command of the subject and the process.
  • The content addresses the core issues concerning the title and topic.
  • Correctness and reliability of handling the topic

Text (evaluated by the language reviewer)

  • Intelligibility (e.g. independence of the text = the text is intelligible even if the reader has not seen the thesis, argumentation)
  • Consistent structure and handling of the topic (overall structure of the text, division into paragraphs, title)
  • Correctness of the style (formal style) and language (e.g. spelling).
Evaluation

In accordance with the degree regulations of Lapland UAS, theses are public documents, and their appendices may contain other public or non-public documents related to the thesis. The existence of attached material must be verified in the public part. Only the public part can be taken into account when evaluating the thesis.

Your work will be evaluated by the content supervisor(s) and language reviewer. In addition, you may receive an assessment from the commissioner of your work. The thesis evaluation covers competencies required for the thesis, i.e. learning skills, innovation competence and written reporting. 

The evaluation is based on the evaluation criteria that you can find separately for bachelor’s and master’s programmes. In addition, the student fills in a self-assessment form  and asks the commissioner for feedback using the feedback form. The thesis is evaluated on a scale of Excellent (5), Good (4 or 3), Satisfactory (2 or 1) or Fail.

Sub-areas of evaluation and grade weighting (bachelor)

The evaluation shall be based on the evaluation criteria.

Learning skills: (40%)

  • the goals and scope of the work
  • the knowledge base and justifications, concepts and definitions, use and quality of sources
  • methods and working practices/tools
  • systematic planning
  • time management
  • ethics and reliability.
Knowledge of innovation: (40%)
  • collaboration
  • performing a specialist assignment
  • creative problem-solving and development of work methods
  • end result/output
  • usability of results/outputs
  • oral presentation

Written reporting (20%)

  • The targets of evaluation will be evaluated on a scale of Excellent (5), Good (4 or 3) or Satisfactory (2 or 1), which will form the overall grade.

 

Evaluation subareas (master)

The evaluation shall be based on evaluation criteria.

Request for rectification

According to the degree regulation, a student dissatisfied with the grading of their study attainment may request the teacher who performed the evaluation for rectification within 14 days of the publication of the grading results. The student has the opportunity to submit a written rectification request to the board of examiners within 14 days of receiving a written response from the teacher in question. The request for rectification is submitted to Lapland UAS’s Board of Examiners.


Publishing the thesis

The student is responsible for publishing their thesis in Theseus

 Theseus is primarily an open publication archive, in which theses are saved as open access publications. This means that theses are made openly available on the internet so that anyone can read them. Before publishing your thesis, contact your thesis partner for permission for an open publication if you did not agree on it when entering into the thesis agreement.

Lapland UAS provides its students with the opportunity to save their thesis in the open or restricted collection (more information on collections).

  • If you save your thesis in the open collection, you also give permission to make your thesis openly available on the internet for reading, browsing and printing free of charge.
  • If you save your thesis in the restricted collection, search engines will find the description and abstract of your thesis, and they can be read by anyone. The PDF file of a work saved in the restricted collection can only be accessed from IP addresses specified by Lapland UAS.

In both collections, the metadata and abstract of your thesis will be openly available for reading and can be found by the library’s Finna service and other search services.

Theses are public documents, and Lapland UAS recommends that you save your thesis in the open collection in Theseus. You can link your open-access thesis directly to your CV or personal portfolio.

Once the supervisor has given you permission to publish your thesis in electronic format, you can publish it in Theseus, the online publishing service of the UASs.

  1. Ensure that your thesis is accessible. Before saving your thesis in Theseus, make sure that it meets the accessibility criteria. Instructions for checking accessibility are available in Theseus.
  2. Save your thesis as a PDF/A file in accordance with the instructions before saving it in Theseus. PDF/A is an ISO standardised file format for long-term retention and archiving, which Theseus uses to store theses and publications, so a regular PDF file is not sufficient. Also remember to hide the contact information shown in any attachments.
  3. Save your thesis in Theseus. When saving, follow the instructions available in Theseus or the Lapland UAS Theseus guide. When you save your thesis, you will receive a URN identifier. Copy it or write it down. The URN identifier must be saved in Wihi for the final thesis evaluation.

 

Other publishing channels

The most significant theses can also be published in publication series B or D of Lapland UAS. The publication process is launched with the student’s consent by the supervising teacher. The final decision on adoption to the publication series and its level is made by the publication workgroup of Lapland UAS.

If the thesis was commissioned, the student must hand over their thesis to the commissioner.

Archiving the thesis
When your thesis has been evaluated successfully, you will need to archive your thesis. The student must save an electronic version of their thesis in pdf format to the YKSA archive service in accordance with the instructions of the archive department. You can find archiving instructions on the YKSA archive service’s website.

A student cannot obtain a degree certificate until they have archived the approved version of their completed thesis.
The theses stored in the archive can be browsed using various search functions.
Thesis binding

If you wish, you can bind the thesis for yourself, for example: