Final Thesis; Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology

Final Thesis in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology

13.11.2018 14:19

Starting

​It is recommended that students start to write their thesis only after they have completed their basic or core competence studies, and they have sufficiently completed professional, methodological studies or profiling competence studies for them to be able to apply their knowledge and skills to practical expert-level tasks linked to their professional studies.

The topic of the Bachelor’s thesis must be related to the student’s professional studies potential career after graduation. It is worth choosing a topic that is of interest to the writer of the thesis. Students must also ensure that a similar thesis project has not been conducted on the same topic previously.

When you have a thesis topic in mind, fill in the form Thesis topic which you can find on the right side of this page and send it to the Head of Education in Mechanical Engineering and Production Management, Jussi Horelli (jussi.horelli@hamk.fi). If you are not sure about your idea, it can be discussed before sending the proposal. After the topic has been approved, you will be appointed a supervisor who will support you in the thesis process.

Familiarise yourself with the guides.

Thesis plan

A thesis plan is drafted for the thesis. The following outline can be used as applicable:

The student submits the thesis plan to the supervising teacher for approval and presents the plan in the possible planning seminar according to customary practice in the degree programme. Thesis plan usually includes the following parts:

  • Introduction
  • Scope of topic
  • Procedures, methods and techniques
  • Knowledge base, background theory and theoretical framwork
  • Results of development plan or other outcome
  • Schedule

Thesis workshop

Thesis workshop is a part of thesis process. All the students who plan to start their thesis or are already working with their thesis should take part to thesis workshop.

Seminars

At the final seminar, students present a summary of their completed work, focusing especially on the investigative part of the thesis, its implementation, the results obtained and the conclusions.

Thesis workshops and seminar dates in 2018 – 2019 are:

Tue 4.9.2018, Tue 2.10.2018, Tue 30.10.2018, Tue 20.11.2018, Tue 18.12.2018

Tue 29.1.2019, Tue 19.2.2019, Tue 2.4.2019, Tue 23.4.2019, Tue 14.5. 2019 and Tue 28.5.2019

Thesis workshops are at 16:00 – 17:00 and thesis seminars begins also at 16:00. 

Thesis workshops are in A209 and thesis seminars are in A216

further information tapio.vaisanen@hamk.fi

Finishing

When finishing the thesis it will be sent to the supervising teacher for comments and if agreed, also to the supervisor from the possible commissioning organisation. The student will correct and revise the thesis according to the feedback given. Communications/English teacher of the programme checks the linguistic form and abstract of the corrected version.

Having approved a thesis, the supervisor gives permission for it to be bound and published. Students who agree to online publication save their theses in the Theseus electronic library belonging to Finland’s universities of applied sciences

The thesis report

The thesis report complies with the principles of good scientific practice by observing the guidelines of the National Advisory Board on Research Examples of violations of good scientific practice in reports are, e.g. the downplaying of the significance of other researchers/actors in the report and insufficient references to previous research results, careless and thus misleading reporting of research results or methods used, insufficient recording and archiving, and unauthorised citation, i.e. plagiarism.

The reporting of the thesis should start as early as possible during the progress of the work. Both the communications teacher and supervising teacher will give instructions in questions related to reporting. The thesis is sent to the supervising teacher for comments and if agreed, also to the supervisor from the commissioning organisation. The student will correct and revise the thesis according to the feedback given.. According to the practice of the degree programme, the English communications teacher checks the linguistic form of the corrected version and the Finnish teacher checks the Finnish abstract. The supervising teacher gives permission to publish and bind the thesis, after which the student copies and binds the archive copy and submits the signed copy to the supervising teacher. If the thesis is published in the electronic theses library Theseus, the student saves the work in the Theseus database.

Find the Thesis template and Writing and Referencing guides here.

Webropol as an aid in thesis process

Webropol software for web-based surveys and reports. Students can ask access rights for three months from HAMK HelpDesk if they are working on Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis. http://www.webropol.com

Ethicality of Bachelor’s thesis

Proficiency respective to the graduate of a university of applied sciences includes the capability to beneficially utilise existent knowledge, assemble and analyse new information by means of various knowledge acquisition and analytical methods, generate conclusions and report on the work completed and results obtained. Proficiency is characterised by honesty, reliability, critical ability, openness and creativity. An increasingly international and versatile learning environment generates new operational modes, thereby challenging Bachelor’s thesis coordinators and students to discuss the practices and ethical methods of operation connected with Bachelor’s theses.

Familiarity with the assessment criteria of a Bachelor’s thesis (Appendix 9) guides the author of a Bachelor’s thesis towards ethical action. In the assessment criteria, comprehensive and critical investigation of already existent research (subject handling), consistent and accurate use of the knowledge acquisition and data-processing methods applied by the student (methods used) and the credibility and reliability of the results (potential utilisation of the thesis), in addition to consistent entries in accordance with the guidelines on references (Bachelor’s thesis report), are all emphasised.

In connection with the Bachelor’s thesis, the performance of applied research and development work is studied. Familiarity with the good ethical procedures of research activity is also associated with the same. In the manner of other universities of applied sciences, HAMK is committed to observe the recommendations of the Research Ethics Advisory Committee and sets the requirements for students to learn to function honestly, fairly and with respect for the work of others in completing a Bachelor’s thesis. HAMK is committed to complying with the ethical principles for research within the humanities and social and behavioural sciences listed by the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics. These principles relate to respecting the autonomy of research subjects, avoiding harm, and maintaining privacy and data protection. These principles must be accounted for in the thesis plan. Further information can be found in the guidelines prepared by the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics, entitled “Good Scientific Practice and Procedures for Handling Misconduct and Fraud in Science”.

In HAMK’s directions, Procedural Instructions for the Assurance of Good Scientific Practice, infractions to good scientific practice are divided into neglect and deception. Neglect includes, e.g. flagrant negligence and irresponsibility in the performance of research, insufficient reference to earlier research findings, and misleading reportage of results or methods. Deceptive activity is more serious than neglect. Deceptive activity is, e.g. the fabrication or distortion of observations or results, the intentional editing of original findings, or their presentation in such a way that the result as based on observations changes, or results important from the perspective of the conclusions are left non-presented. Borrowing without permission – i.e. plagiarism – refers to the representation of somebody’s publicly presented research plan, manuscript, article or other text or part of the same as one’s own. Theft refers to an original research idea, plan or observations presented confidentially to the researcher being illegitimately presented or applied in one’s own name.

In the event that there is reason to suspect that the author of a Bachelor’s thesis is guilty either of negligence with regard to good scientific practice or deceptive activity, the Rector shall make a decision with regard to clari-fying the matter, and the Vice Rector responsible for education and teaching process shall be responsible for carrying out the preliminary clarification and, as required, the organisation of an impartial investigation.

Urkund – an online plagiarism recognision service

Urkund, an online plagiarism recognition service http://www.urkund.com is in use at HAMK University of Applied Sciences. It is possible through its aid to check whether or not there are parts of a Bachelor’s thesis which may have been copied from materials available online but miss the appro-priate references. By using references, the student respects the copyright of another person and thereby acts in an ethically correct manner. In the Writing Guide (Appendix 5), how one may benefit from the work performed by others and how the appropriate references should be rendered are explained in more detail.

Publishing the theses in Theseus

When a student grants permission to publish the thesis on Theseus, s/he uploads his/her approved work on Theseus and also accepts its terms of use. In this case, the thesis can be utilised in the marketing of the university of applied sciences concerned and in making announcements about such theses.

A thesis can be uploaded on Theseus only after the thesis has been ap-proved. The work uploaded must be the same as the approved thesis. The thesis is uploaded on Theseus as one PDF file and thus all attachments are in the same file as the actual thesis. Name the file with your own name in the form lastname_firstname.

  1. The student personally uploads the Bachelor’s thesis at http://www.theseus.fi/en/
  2. In connection with uploading, the rights that readers will have to the Bachelor’s thesis are assigned. The alternatives are:
    1. All rights reserved.
    2. The option to personally distribute the copyrights to users of the Bachelor’s thesis with a Creative Commons licence.
  3. The HAMK student email address is entered in the email field.
  4. The system provides a URN link, which will be the permanent address of the Bachelor’s thesis on the Internet.
  5. Read and approve the agreement on terms of use.
  6. The thesis will become visible in the service when the information on the Bachelor’s thesis concerned are checked by action of the university of applied sciences.

More exact uploading instructions are found on the Theseus web pages.

Maturity test

According to the Polytechnic Decree (352/2003) 10. §, a maturity test is a compulsory part of the final thesis: “As a fulfilment of the Bachelor’s Degree a student has to take a maturity test based on a field-specific thesis, which is used to show a student’s field familiarity and Finnish and Swedish language skills.” A maturity test is offered in another language when a student is exempted from the language requirements in subparagraph 8. §:n 1.

The maturity test is taken in a supervised environment. It is possible to apply for the test during the final stages of writing the thesis. The enrollment process for the test is the same as other exams; there is a maximum duration of three hours allocated for the test.

The test consists of one essay chosen from four topics created by the thesis supervisor. The length of the essay should be about 450 to 650 words. The essay should be written as if another professional from the same field were reading it i.e. the essay has no other specific information on the target group.

The professional content of the maturity test is checked by the thesis supervisor and language is checked by a language teacher. The test is graded either accepted or rejected.

When a student does not need to fulfil the language skill demands as stipulated by subparagraph (352/2003) 8. §:n 1 in the decree, then the maturity test is written in English. Exceptions are granted by the Principal. In event of the aforementioned situation, then the following is written opposite the maturity test in the student’s final certificate: “The student has written the maturity test in English (or any other language accepted by the principle) based on the polytechnic decree (352/2003) 8. §:n 1. See the evaluation criteria for the maturity test on the right hand side of this page.

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