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


The Bachelor thesis is an independent work where the students will use some of the knowledge they have acquired during their studies as a basis for a given task. In addition, the work should include an introduction to the philosophy of science which is to be presented historically including the main events in the history of philosophy and natural philosophy.

Learning outcome

The student will complete a work of his/her own, demonstrating the ability to master more advanced topics in a certain area of mathematics/physics. Furthermore, the student shall:
  • get experience from literature search, scientific writing and the ethical norms of the area
  • be able to present and convey the independent work using the terminology and language of the area
  • be able to participate in scientific debates in a constructive and useful way, both between peers as well as with laypersons
  • be able to determine when a scientific disagreement is of a mere pragmatic nature, and be able to deal with the debate accordingly
  • be defenders and good role models for high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, contexts.

Contents

The Bachelor thesis is an independent work where the students will use some of the knowledge they have acquired during their studies as a basis for a given task. In addition, the work should include an introduction to the philosophy of science which is to be presented historically including the main events in the history of philosophy and natural philosophy. They will learn about many of the creative people that has contributed with new knowledge and wisdom about Nature, and how this affected our view of the Nature as well as ourselves. It will be put emphasis on the creative thinking which is a prerequisite to be able to acquire new knowledge about Nature. Bachelor theses can have different styles. A typical thesis can be a review thesis where a certain topic is being reviewed based on different and scattered references; it can be more comprehensive discussion of a certain topic; or it can be considering a specific problem. Generally, one can say that a thesis must include a definite message, be well structured and organised, and easy to read follow the arguments. Formulae and derivations should be structured in a logical manner. The presentations of the various topics should be self-consistent and presented in such a way that a fellow student will be able to read and follow them. Furthermore, a thorough list of reference should be included. More information regarding the bachelor thesis is available on the website of the Faculty of Science and Technology at www.uis.no. Choice of project topic subject to availability of suitable supervisers.

Required prerequisite knowledge

TEKBAV Vitenskapsteori og etikk- essay
Refer to "Regulations for Bachelor's theses" for requirements of studypoints to assign the bachelor thesis.

Recommended previous knowledge

Intermediate courses in mathematics and physics.

Exam

Weight Duration Marks Aid
Bachelor thesis1/1 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:
http://student.uis.no/getfile.php/Intranett%20Studentsider%20og%20ansattsider/Regulations.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.

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation of the Bachelor thesis

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Anders Tranberg
Course teacher
Tore Selland Kleppe , Pavel Gumenyuk , Eva Rauls , Ipsita Mandal , Anders Tranberg , Tyson Ritter , Martin Gunnar Gulbrandsen , Paul Francis de Medeiros , Michal Jakub Kapustka , Tomas Brauner , Per Arne Bjørkum , Sigbjørn Hervik , Alexander Rashkovskii , Alexander Ulanovskii , Gunnar Thorkildsen , Jan Terje Kvaløy , Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

Project/thesis work. It is important for both student and supervisor that a good interaction is established. For example, this can be accomplished by regular meetings where the student presents and discuss the work as it progresses. As a rule of thumb, the student should have written something which can be used as a starting point for the discussion with the supervisor. It is advantageous to start writing up as early as possible. Philosophy of science and Ethics 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 between 7 and 10 pages). 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

Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme

Literature

Choice of literature depends on the type of thesis and is an integral part of the project. All the necessary literature being used for the thesis should be included in the list of references. References are in form of a list and may comprised of books, papers, articles, rapports, etc., which are being referred to in the thesis. It is important to emphasise on what is own work and what of the thesis is from other sources. For example, if a text is quoted from a different source, this should be mentioned explicitly. Take note of references as work progresses -- it is often difficult to trace back the reference at a later stage. Please consult the guidelines of Bachelor thesis of the Faculty of Science and Technology for more details.
The section of Philosophy of science and Ethics will use the books: "Per Arne Bjørkum: ”Annerledestenkerne - Kreativitet i vitenskapens historie", 3. ed. 2009 and "Svein Aage Christoffersen; Handling og dømmekraft, 2012".


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

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2019