Master Dissertation TIWM

The Master dissertation is scheduled during the second semester of the standard learning track of the Master's programme.

The Master dissertation procedure described below is only valid for students of the "Master of Science in Technology for Integrated Water Management".

Overview

Regulatory framework

Art. 60 of the EEC

Course specifications

This programme is jointly offered by Ghent University (UGent) and the University of Antwerp (UA).

Subject

The following procedure for announcing and establishing the Master dissertation subjects is used:

  1. Introduction day: students get all necessary information on the organization and regulation of the Master dissertation, explanation on plagiarism, explanation on the research topics and projects in the departments involved in the master program, announcement of the subjects, explanation on the possibility to propose one’s own subject. This information is also posted on the programme website.
  2. 30 November: final deadline for establishing the subject, the dissertation supervisor(s), the tutor(s) and the possibility to keep the results confidential. These should be advised by the OC-TIWM and forwarded to the OC-ABS and the Faculty Board of January.
  3. 30 March: final deadline for establishing the final title of the Master dissertation and the composition of the dissertation reading committee. These should be advised by the OC-TIWM and forwarded to the OC-ABS and the Faculty Board of April.

Master dissertation of two students with the same subject

  • A Master dissertation by two students with the same subject is possible.
  • The work must be submitted in separate volumes.
  • The defence is individual, so separated in space and time.
  • For each Master dissertation, a separate Board of Examiners is appointed, so a separate written assessment is required.
  • If a common title is used, this has to be complemented with a separate subtitle.
  • In the introduction of each Master dissertation, the cooperation should be mentioned and the similarities and specificity of the work have to be identified.

Counselling

The student has to discuss and reach an agreement with the dissertation supervisor(s) and the tutor(s) on the availability (the starting date of the experimental work, working schedule during the week, availability during the first term first examination period, final date of the experimental work).

The student is ultimately responsible for the content of the Master dissertation.

The student is entitled to get the necessary supervision and guidance, by means of a number of counseling talks during which all aspects of the work can be discussed. These talks can be organized at fixed points of time or after making an appointment. Problems concerning the availability of the student, or the availability of and the guidance by the tutor(s) or dissertation supervisor(s), can be reported to the ombudsperson. He formally lays down the complaint in writing, and tries to find a solution.

Evaluation

The dissertation is evaluated on the basis of a written reflection as well as a public defence of the dissertation. The manner of evaluation is specified in the course specifications.

Written dissertation

  • Size: A4
  • Cover colour for the academic year 2013-2014: blue
  • Paper copies: printed on both sides
  • Size & contents => course specifications
  • Confidentiality (recommendations in Dutch)
  • Front page
  • Submission procedure:
    • In case the student is enrolled at UGent, one copy must be handed in at the CES and two copies at the Faculty Student Administration before the UGent deadline.
    • In case the student is enrolled at UA, one copy must be handed in at IMDO. One copy must also be given personally to each dissertation supervisor, tutor and each member of the dissertation reading committee.

Public defence

The dates, locations and times where the Master dissertation is to be defended:

  • will be posted on the official notice board and/or sent to the students electronically
  • can be found on the programme website as well.

Roles & responsibilities

Submitting assessment

The dissertation supervisor(s) and the members of the dissertation reading committee submit their assessment the day before the defense at the chairperson. They use the following forms.

Supervisor(s)

One or two dissertation supervisor(s) should be appointed. At least one dissertation supervisor should be a lecturer of a course within the TIWM Master program.

The dissertation supervisor coaches the student actively during counseling talks, during which both the scientific aspects and the learning process can be discussed.

Problems concerning the availability of the student can be reported to the ombudsperson. He formally lays down the complaint in writing, and tries to find a solution.

Tutor

One or two tutors can be appointed for each subject.

  • The tutor is the day-to-day supervisor.
  • A tutor has a Master-diploma.
  • A dissertation supervisor can at the same time be a tutor
  • A maximum of 3 students per tutor is recommended
  • A tutor is not allowed to be a member of the dissertation reading committee, but is involved in making up the score through the dissertation supervisor(s) (see the section "Calculation of the examination mark" in the course specifications).

Reading committee

The two members of the dissertation reading committee:

  • are proposed by the dissertation supervisor(s), after consultation. It is the responsibility of dissertation supervisor(s) to make sure that the members of the dissertation reading committee were not directly involved in the realization of the Master dissertation.
  • must have a Master-degree and have at least 2 years of experience in relevant research (at least one of the members has to be associated to the FBE, the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of UGent or the Faculty of Sciences of the UA)
  • should be approved by the OC-TIWM
  • need to be present at the defense.

    Chairperson and secretary

    A chairperson and a secretary are appointed. Both are lecturers of the TIWM program. They have to watch over the procedures and have to take care that all students are treated equally.