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Humak's Thesis Manual, Bachelor's degree

Thesis seminar and pre-evaluation

The thesis supervisor and the second evaluator will comment the thesis even before you turn it in for final evaluation. This is called a pre-evaluation phase, but it may have different names depending on your degree programme. The purpose of pre-evaluation is to help the student develop his thesis even further. In the pre-evaluation phase the student’s thesis must be at the point where all relevant chapters are nearly finished and in place. The thesis as a whole should be complete enough, so a clear summary, results and product can be formed. This is still a working phace of the thesis, and it is possible to substantially change the thesis even after this phase. 

The thesis will be presented in a seminar before the thesis is submitted for evaluation. The seminar is the last opportunity to provide and receive feedback on the thesis before the final evaluation. The seminar is however, not the place to give promises or hints at the possible final grade for the thesis. 

The appropriate time for the seminar is one to two weeks before the thesis is to be submitted for final evaluation. For this reason, the thesis should be sufficiently close to being completed so that the teachers and the supervising teacher get a complete picture of the project. However, the time is long enough to allow the student to make the necessary changes in order to finalise the thesis. At the seminar, each thesis is also peer-reviewed. Peer-review instructions should be sent to students in good time before the seminar by the supervising teacher. The purpose of peer review is to train students in providing constructive criticism and to give the author of the thesis additional perspectives to the topic at hand. 

The student is encouraged to invite the representative of the commissioner of the thesis to the seminar. If the commissioner cannot attend the seminar, a free-form statement of how useful the project has been for the commissioner may be requested. The statement of the commissioner may be taken into account when evaluating the applicative value of the project for the commissioner, even though the final evaluation is always implemented according to criteria approved by Humak.