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Reflection Document - Thesis Work
The thesis work is an independent work performed at the end of the education and where the knowledge and skills acquired are applied and used. The thesis work also means a deepening within the field of education. The objectives of the Master thesis are set out in the syllabus.
In addition to the written report, a reflective discussion paper where the thesis work should be put in relation to the knowledge and skills acquired during the education must be provided to the examiner. Each student should submit a discussion paper.
The purposes of the reflection are:
- to reflect on how the individual skilsl have developed during the thesis work.
- give the examinaer and the programme board feedback on how well the process of doing a thesis has worked and how the student's own contribution has affected the implementation and outcome.
- provide feedback to the program board for how well the educational program has succeeded in its task to ensure that the objectives of the program are met
Instructions for writing reflection paper
The following topics / areas are to be included in the reflection document
Reflection on how the thesis work relates to the goals of the program
How does your thesis relate to the educational goals of the program?
The goals are described in the programme syllabus
(For Swedish engineering degree programmes (Civilingenjör or Högskoleingenjör) see also the goals (in swedish) of the LiTH-engineer, respectively. LiTH-graduate engineers.)
Reflection on your own work
Was the planning a good support for the implementation? Was enough time put on planning? Where the preconditions satisfactory for the work? The thesis work should correspond to a particular workload, (1.5 credits = one week of full-time job), how well does correspond with your thesis work?
- Implementation and report writing
Was the disposal of time for writing in a satisfactory? What was problematic and why? What went better than expected and why?
In cases where the thesis work was performed together with another student, describe how the division of the work has been done. Describe if the cooperation has been positive or negative, and in what way. Reflect on the amount of independence in the thesis work. Were you adequately prepared to write a degree work report? Did you have sufficient language skills (English, other language)? Are you satisfied with the way you managed to carry out your thesis work?
Reflection on the subject content, knowledge, skills and attitudes that was most useful for the completion of the thesis work
What areas and course modules of the education have been most useful for the thesis work, and what new knowledge and skills have been necessary to complement with to carry out the work? Do you feel well prepared for your future career?
The reflection document is part of the examination element UPG1 and should, to be approved, include reflections on all modules under the headings listed above and comprise 2-4 A4 pages.
The student must send the reflection document electronically to the examiner. In addition to reporting in LADOK the examiner should ensure that the reflection document is sent electronically to the administrative coordinator of the programme board responsible for the degree which the thesis is to be included in.