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Master's thesis in Applied Data Science APPMAS

The master thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies on solving a given assignment. It is through this assignment that you will show your abilities and qualities as a coming engineer.

The assignment will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for accomplishing a relevant assignment in your studies.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Offered by

Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Learning outcome
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

Since the master theses are very different it is difficult to set up joint guidelines for project execution and reporting. Normally, the master thesis will result in a report. One example of a report is shown below. It is emphasized that this is only an example and that in most cases it will be necessary to make adjustments. Each Department may also have their own examples or requirements in their guidelines. You should agree with your advisor in advance how your project should be carried out and documented. At an overall level many reports 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 xx etc.

This will be followed by a presentation of the analyses/experiments/developments done and the results hereof. For non-experimental projects the results may include (further) development of principles, methods and models. A discussion of the results achieved should be included. How are the results achieved compared to existing theory, methods and models? What conclusions can be drawn? The description of the problem given will in many cases give you a hint as to how the contents should be organised. If you are working on several problems it may be a good idea to complete one problem complex with theory, results, discussions before you start on the next one.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Refer to Regulations for Bachelors and Masters Thesis for requirements of credits (ECTS) to assign the master thesis.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Thesis 1/1 A - F

Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger Section § 3-10 Number of attempts: 1. A student has the right to take a test in the same subject three times.2. For supervised practical experience, only two attempts are permitted.3. Substantiated applications for dispensation to sit a fourth attempt (third attempt for practical experience) may be granted only if special circumstances warrant this. Such circumstances may include prolonged illness or absence for one or more terms for other valid reasons, or situations in which it was not possible to withdraw from testing in time. The circumstances cited as the grounds for the dispensation must be documented. Students may be required to attend parts of the course again. Dispensation for a fifth attempt may not be granted. This applies even if the student has been readmitted to the university.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.5. The Dean of the faculty which is responsible for the individual education plan, processes and decides on applications for dispensation after no. 3 and stipulates which requirements may be specified. The Dean himself processes and decides on the applications for dispensation after no.4.The final deadline for applying for dispensation is the same as the deadline for registering for testing.For more information, please see Regulations for Bachelors and Masters Thesis.

Course teacher(s)
Course teacher: Morten Mossige
Coordinator laboratory exercises: Ståle Freyer
Course coordinator: Tom Ryen
Method of work

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 which are almost finished.

Mandatory poster presentation will be held in end of May / beginning of June. A copy of the poster must be added the appendix in the master's thesis.

Open for
Applied Data Science, Master's degree Programme
The syllabus can be found in Leganto