Master thesis in Industrial Asset Management (IAMMAS)
The master thesis is an independent student project within the field of Industrial asset management in which students can demonstrate their abilities to apply the knowledge acquired during their studies on solving a given project assignment, and their abilities to define, perform, and to deliver solutions to issues and challenges in the real practical world to become an engineer. The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of studies.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Master theses projects can be very different from each other. Normally, the master thesis work result in a final project report. Since different departments may have their own requirements, it is advisable to take contact with the advisor in advance about the Masters project. At an overall level many Master thesis will have a rather similar structure. First an introduction presenting the background of the thesis, its purpose and contents. Then there will be a presentation of relevant theory, existing methods and models relevant to the project, laboratory tests etc. This will be followed by a presentation of analyses / experiments / developments done as a part of the project work, and the results thereof. For non-experimental projects the results may include (further) development of principles, methods, models, or specific reccommendations. A discussion of the results achieved would be useful towards the end, for instance covering; how the results achieved can be compared to existing theory, methods and models ? what specific conclusions can be drawn to improve current situations or practices ?, etc. The description of the problem or objective will in many cases can give an early hint as to how the contents should be organised.
A candidate who has completed and passed his or her master thesis has acquired the following learning outcomes:
is able to present and communicate extensive independent work
can describe the problem clearly and masters the terms and expressions within the academic field
has acquired an overview of relevant international literature, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field, and manages to deal critically with various sources of information
is able to analyse relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research
masters analysis of relevant scholarly tools and techniques
is able to give an account of the academic problem and analyse results and independent conclusions according to the problem
is able to reflect upon and evaluate his/her own work in a critical manner
is able to defend high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, context, thus being a good role model
Required prerequisite knowledge
The thesis is normally carried out in the spring semester. Refer to Regulations for Master's theses for requirements of studypoints to assign the master thesis.
Form of assessment
Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger, § 2-10 section 4:A candidate will generally have one attempt at a performing examination or Bachelor's or Master's thesis.a) Upon application, a second attempt may be granted if a candidate wishes to improve their grade. In such cases, the candidate may not be permitted to revise a previously submitted response, but must write a new response on a new basisb) 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.c) The Dean himself shall issue supplementary regulations for the completion and supervision of Bachelor's and Master's theses.A bachelor´s or a master´s thesis not submitted in time will be graded Fail.Read more: http://student.uis.no/getfile.php/Intranett%20Studentsider%20og%20ansattsider/Reglar1.pdf
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. Make a preliminary table of contents for the thesis. As your work progresses, the various chapters and part chapters will be filled with text. At the start the text will often be incomplete and take the form of key words. But be sure to write down all your ideas and thoughts as they come to your mind. Otherwise, good ideas may easily be forgotten. When working on a thesis, you may from time to time find yourself in a period of frustration where everything looks hopeless and where there is no progress. In such periods it is an advantage to be able to take out part chapters that are almost finished.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.