Thesis Defence of Psychology MA Students

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

(Upload both parts of 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. The reviewers also upload their reviews here two weeks before the thesis defence, and the student may read these here.)

  • 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 the
    • research part,
    • applied part and
    • topic elaboration (a reply to/discussion of one of the questions asked by the reviewers of the reserch part of the thesis chosen by the Final Exam Committee)

The duration of these shall not exceed 8 minutes for the research presentation, 5 minutes for the applied presentation, and 5 minutes for the topic elaboration.

After assessing the reviews, the committee shall inform the student in advance which of the four questiosn/topics of the reviewers they shall have to elaborate, with a note that the student should be prepared to receive questions on any of the four topics.

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 three presentations for  the committee one week before the days allocated for thesis defence.

Recommendation: the three voice-over presentation files (or the video presentations) should be uploaded to Microsoft Teams as instructed in the ‘Information for students_MA_final exam_modified’ document uploaded in Microsoft Teams to all defence teams below Files / Information for Students.

  • 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 theses for approximately 5 minutes, and regarding the topic elaboration for approximately another 5 minutes.
  • 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 research thesis:

RESEARCH PART

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 is achieved and 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 and the manner in which the thesis furthers prior research in the area are highlighted. Presents the strengths and weaknesses of the thesis.

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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. Engages in self-reflection of the research taking into account the reviews by the topic supervisor and the second reviewer.

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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%)

 

 Evaluation criteria for assigning points to the applied thesis:

APPLIED PART

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. Keeping time constraints and allocating time are achieved and are optimal.

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3. The content and academic quality of the presentation:  Presents the problem at the heart of the case in an appropriate manner, briefly presents the relevant background. Briefly presents the methods of problem analysis. Presents a summary analysis based on the data yielded by the analyses, posing, in certain cases, further questions and presenting further research plans. Highlights how the paper furthers prior research in the area. Presents the strengths and weaknesses of the thesis.

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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. Engages in self-reflection of the research taking into account the review by the topic supervisor.

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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%)

 

Evaluation criteria for assigning points to the theoretical answers:

THEORETICAL TOPIC

fail                                 excellent

1. Theoretical contextualisation of the topic: outlines the models, paradigms, etc. learned in the programme that are relevant in the context of the topic, details the topic in this broader context.

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2. Style and language of the presentation: the language of the presentation is clear and succinct, the use of relevant terminology is adequate, the student uses these in a knowledgeable and appropriate manner.

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3. Structure, organisation, timing of the presentation: the theoretical answer is well-structured and logically sound. Keeping time constraints and allocating time are achieved and are optimal.

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4. Overall impressions of the online answers: the committee allocates these points after the online answers. The committee evaluates the extent to which the answers given online are genuine, crisp, and academically sound.

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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:

  • the final grade of the research and applied parts of the thesis assigned at the thesis defence: the average of the grade assigned previously by the reviewers and the grades based on the points allocated for the two defence of the two parts. The grade of the defence: made up of the points allocated for the defence materials of the two parts and the answers given to the questions. Therefore, the final grade of the thesis is made up of the following 5 grades:
  • grade assigned by reviewer 1 of the research part
  • grade assigned by reviewer 2 of the research part
  • grade assigned based on the points given to the defence material of the research part
  • grade assigned by the reviewer of the applied part
  • grade assigned based on the points given to the defence material of the applied part

grade of the theoretical answers: elaboration of one of the 2+2 topics (related to the research part) assigned by the  thesis reviewers. The topic is selected by the State Examination Committee, and afterwards, the grade allocated based on the points given to the material prepared for these