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Bachelor Assignment PETBAC

The bachelor's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies for 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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Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed and passed his or her bachelor assignment has acquired the following learning outcomes:


  • is able to work independently
  • is able to describe the problem as presented clearly, according to the terms and expressions within the academic field
  • has some experience in literature search, scientific reporting and ethical standards in the field
  • is able to apply relevant theoretical models and/or studies supported by scientific research
  • is familiar with and able to reason about relevant scholarly tools and techniques
  • is able to give an account of the academic problem and link the conclusion to the problem
  • is able to evaluate his/her own work critically
  • is able to defend high moral standards in scientific, as well as other, context, thus being a good role model
  • is able to exchange opinions and experiences with others and be able to participate in a scientific debate in a constructive and useful way
  • is able to determine when a scientific disagreement is of a paradigmatic nature, and be able to deal with the debate accordingly
Theses for the Bachelor degree may be very different. Many projects include construction or experimental work, while others may be more theoretical. One project may consist of an overview presenting a topic on the basis of different literature sources, a more theoretical discussion project, or a project where the student must to solve a concrete problem or develop a product. In general the report should have a clearly defined message, be well structured, easy to browse through and easy to read. Arguments for and against a given assertion should be presented in a logical way. A fellow student with the same background should be able to read the presentations without having to resort to extra information material in order to understand the message. Reproduction of textbooks etc. on general theory and knowledge should be limited. A complete reference list should also be made. Further information about the Bachelor project can be found at the facultys web sites at
Required prerequisite knowledge
Refer to Regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's Theses for requirements for passed credits to take a bachelor's thesis.

Project work and essay

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 1/1 A - F All
Essay in Philosophy of Science / Ethics 0/1 Pass - Fail All

Note that you primarily have only one attempt for writing the thesis, see section 3-10 number 4 in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger.

Deadline for withdrawal is April 1.

 Essay Philosophy of Science and Ethics, 0 ECTS

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 Inspera.

Grade: Pass/Fail

For students who do not submit according to the deadlines will be registered as "not submitted" and will not get access to submit until spring semester the year after. For students who fail, the essay can be resubmitted within three weeks after the grades were made public. Both the bachelor's thesis and the essay must be passed before the final grade and credits are given in the course.

For students who are writing their bachelor thesis during fall, the course must be taken the previous spring semester. It is not possible to take the course one year early for student that is writing the bachelor thesis during the spring semester.

If the essay has been passed, but the candidate wants to resubmit the bachelor thesis (because it failed or to obtain an improved grade), the pass of the essay will stand.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Øystein Arild
Method of work

The Bachelor project should be relevant to the study programme. The student can choose in a list of proposed projects given by the academic staff at the department, or he/she can propose his/her own project and get help to formulate it together with one of the staff. The project can be performed individually or in cooperation with one or two other students. 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 The course, Philosophy of Science will be given as a concentrated lecture series of 10-12 hours in the beginning of the semester. This course will form a basis for a written essay on a chosen theme. The essay has to be approved before you can hand in your bachelor thesis.

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 minimum 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.

Open for
Petroleum Technology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years
The syllabus can be found in Leganto