Thesis Defence of Psychology BA Students

Thesis Defence of Psychology BA Students in the Period of Distance Learning of the Autumn Semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Year

(Upload the thesis and all additional documents as one compressed PDF file to the Neptun system in the manner specified in advance by the Student Affairs and Registrar’s Office)

  • Final examinations take place on the settled days, based on the student schedules. It is advisable to schedule online calls with students in a manner that allows 2-3 minutes for looking over the material of the student who is next in line: the preliminary points allocated based on the evaluation criteria, the thesis, self-reflection, questions etc.
  • The graduate shall prepare a PowerPoint presentation with a voiceover (Insert–Audio–Record Audio or Slide Show–Record Slide Show) (or a video presentation) separately
    • for presenting the complete study and
    • the self-reflection.

In the case of the complete study presentation as well as the self-reflection, the duration shall not exceed 5-5 minutes.

We suggest that

  • the voice-over presentation should be saved in the ppsx file format so that the file size remains manageable, and
  • the audio files and the presentation should be in the same document;
  • For technical support, see: here and here
  • The graduate shall upload the two presentations for the committee one week before the days allocated for thesis defence.
    • Recommendation: the two voice-over presentation files (or the video presentations) should be uploaded to the Google Drive storage of a (preferably new) Gmail account, then shared with a link with the members of the committee.
  • On the day the graduate is scheduled for the final exam, they shall log in online (via Microsoft Teams) for 10 minutes: they should reflect on questions asked by the committee regarding the complete study for approximately 5 minutes, and regarding the self-reflection for approximately 5 minutes as well.
  • It is critical that the graduate is available online 5 minutes before when they are scheduled for. If the student encounters hardware or software errors in advance, they must notify the chair without delay. The student must try to contact the committee three times ont he day of the thesis defence. It is advised that the student provides their phone number, and that they are available by phone at this number, to enable the committee to carry out the defence by phone if necessary.

Evaluation criteria for assigning points to the entirety of the research material:

THE ENTIRETY OF THE RESEARCH PRESENTED

fail                                    excellent

1. Style and language of the presentation: the style and language of the presentation is clear, the use of professional terminology is adequate.

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2. Structure, organisation, timing of the presentation: well-structured content, the presentation reflects the structure of the contents. Each segment is of an appropriate length. The figures, diagrams, and tables support the text/understanding the text /illustrate the results well. Keeping time constraints and allocating time are achieved and are optimal.

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3. The content and academic quality of the presentation:  Conceptualisation of the constructs used in the questions and hypotheses researched, as well as the research goals are clear. Research hypotheses, questions/the central topics are precisely defined. Research design, sampling, selection of the tools and methods and their presentation are up to scientific standards. The most important results are highlighted. Provides and references outlooks and limitations.

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4. Debate skills of the presenter: The student reflects on the factors, questions, comments posed in the critiques in a professional manner.

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GRADE WRITTEN OUT:                              GRADE WITH NUMERALS:

20 points in total:

18-20 points excellent (85%)

16-17 points good (77%)

14-15 points satisfactory (70%)

12-13 points pass (60%)

 

(Note: this grade is then averaged with the grade assigned by the topic supervisor!)

 

Evaluation criteria for assigning points to the self-reflection:

SELF-REFLECTION

fail                                    excellent

1. Reflection on the impact of the entire programme on their professional development: In the self-reflection, the student should evaluate their professional development, strengths, skills to be improved, and possible weaknesses, as well as professional challenges in light of the entire programme.

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2. Reflection of their own preparedness for research: The self-reflection should detail the self-assessment of individual research projects as well as a broader one connecting individual research projects.

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GRADE WRITTEN OUT:                              GRADE WITH NUMERALS:

10 points in total:

9-10 points excellent

7-8 points good

5-6 points satisfactory

3-4 points pass

(Note: this counts as a separate grade for the final exams!)

 

The Date of the Final examination: 13.01.2021.