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BSc diploma thesis and exam

BSc thesis is an extended essay, based on a literature review, written by a student during the last semester of the undergraduate studies.

10 steps – what needs to be done:

The 1st step is to choose a topic.

LIST OF BSc TOPICS for 2021/2022

The student chooses a topic and a supervisor from the list of proposed topics. The list is announced every academic year, usually in early December. Students individually contact supervisors and may be accepted (depending on current topic availability, student limits in the Department or other reasons).

If you are particularly interested in a certain topic or area, you contact in advance an academic teacher with a request to supervise your BSc thesis. If s/he agrees, you can discuss the topic, which will be included in the list of topics, as selected by you.

If you want to be supervised by the academic teacher from outside The Faculty of Biotechnology you have to submit an APPLICATION in accordance with the RULES FOR PERFORMING/WRITING DIPLOMA THESIS OUTSIDE THE FACULTY OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.

The 2nd step is to submit your decision on topic choice to the Dean’s Office (unless you have selected topic before announcement of the list of topics and your name is already listed). Students are informed about the way and deadline of such submission while the list of topics to be chosen is announced.

You may be asked to submit an APPROVAL OF THESIS TITLE, which has to be signed by your supervisor.

The 3rd step is to discuss with the supervisor on the principles of your cooperation and the requirements regarding the substantive content of your thesis.

The 4th step is writing…

The aim of writing the BSc thesis is to verify student’s ability to look for relevant scientific literature, both review and research papers, to critically analyse and present current state of knowledge in a concise and professional way.

During whole semester students work mainly independently, supervisors provide students only with crucial guidelines but you are encouraged to contact your supervisor in case of any doubts.

The ability to work independently, as well as the ability to implement supervisor suggestions and comments is assessed (by the supervisor) as part of the BSc SEMINAR subject. The grade should be issued prior to the summer exam session, so don’t delay your writing until summer, even if you’re planning your defence in September. Remember that your supervisor also has right for summer vacation.

FORMAL REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE LAYOUT OF THE THESIS

EDITORIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Font: Times New Roman or Arial
  • Font size: 12 pts.
  • One-and-a-half line spacing
  • text aligned to both left and right margin
  • pages numbered at the bottom

REFERENCES: complete list of sources cited in the text, organized alphabetically by (first) author. The internet sources, if present, should be also cited and listed.
Useful link for referencing and in-text citations.

TABLES: should be numbered; short, descriptive title and source should be placed above; all tables must be referenced within the text and appear as near to where mentioned as possible; should not span more than one page, if possible.

FIGURES: should be numbered, centre-aligned and fit within margins; short, descriptive caption and source should be placed below; all figures must be referenced within the text and appear as near to where mentioned as possible; landscape images should be rotated with their top to the left.

The 5th step is to agree the final version of your thesis with the supervisor and to star DIPLOMA AWARDING PROCEDURE (please read it carefully). Dates for diploma exams are announced in May and you should discuss the possible dates. The application for the diploma exam must be submitted 21 days before the planned date of the defense at the latest. At this point, the supervisor appoints a reviewer among the Faculty of Biotechnology academics.

APPLICATION FOR A TRADITIONAL EXAM

APPLICATION FOR A REMOTE EXAM

Terms of defense of the diploma thesis in the academic year 2021/2022:

JUNE: 30
JULY:  6, 8,  11, 12, 13
SEPTEMBER: 2, 9, 12, 14, 30

The 6th step is to enter data into Archive of Diploma Theses (APD): Instruction for registering diploma thesis is available upon logging into the APD system: DOCUMENTS-STUDENT.

Then the supervisor submits your work to an anti-plagiarism examination. If the result is acceptable, s/he approves the thesis and submits it for review. The review and evaluation are uploaded in APD by both, the supervisor and the reviewer.

The 7th step is to submit to the Dean’s Office…

At least 3 working days before the date of diploma exam Students are obliged to submit to the Dean’s office the following documents:

a. request for additional information to the supplement,
b. statement that s/he verified all grades and ECTS credits earned and required by the appropriate study programme,
c. library card,
d. clearance slip.

Prior to submitting to the Dean’s Office the above set of documents, a fee of 60 PLN must be paid on the individual student’s account which can be found in the USOS system (applies only to students who started education at UWr before the 2018/2019 academic year).

e. REQUEST FOR THE DIPLOMA IN ENGLISH. In accordance with applicable law, diplomas are issued only in Polish. Diplomas in English are issued upon request, so if you need one, submit an application and pay a fee of PLN 40 (the charge applies only to students who started education at UWr before the 2018/2019 academic year). The application for a diploma in English may also be submitted later but not more than 30 days from the date of the diploma examination.

The 8th step is the diploma exam.

The diploma examination is an oral exam in front of a three-person examination board. The commission includes the chairman, your supervisor, and the reviewer. Each member of the committee asks one question and independently evaluates your answer. THE TOPICS FOR THE BSc DIPLOMA EXAMINATION are available. The final grade for the diploma consists of the average grade from the studies, the grade for the BSc diploma thesis and the grade for the diploma examination. The average of grades from studies is of the greatest importance.

The final grade for first-cycle studies is calculated on the basis of the following formula:

3A/4 + (B + C)/8

A: the arithmetic mean of the grades for the whole course of study;
B: grade for the diploma thesis;
C: grade for the diploma examination.

The 9th step is to receive your diploma.

You will be notified when your diploma is ready for collection. You will be asked to give back your student ID.

The 10th step is to celebrate!