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Master´s degree guide for thesis writing

2.1 The steps of the thesis process

The thesis process may vary within Centria University of Applied Sciences depending on the field of study as each field has their own practices. This guide describes on a general level those aspects that are common in each field of study. Thesis supervisors will inform students on field-specific exceptions. In general, the following steps can be specified in the thesis process:

The writing process of the thesis is constantly proceeding during the stages of selecting and approving the topic, drawing up the thesis plan and carrying out the development task. Draft versions are submitted to the thesis supervisor and/or presented to other students in various seminar sessions (please see Appendix 1).

The thesis is a learning process comprising the following stages:

  • The choice of the topic and having the topic approved. At this stage the focus is on defining and familiarizing with the topic, information acquisition and analysis, and justifying the topic choice. The topic should be significantly linked to the student’s personal competence and developing one’s work, career or workplace. Moreover, the thesis should also produce information that can be utilized in general in the field in question.
  • Drawing up the thesis plan and having it approved, which includes considering the gathered information in terms of its relevance to the objective of the thesis. Careful and systematic planning is in key role in the thesis process. The student formulates a thesis plan, which includes the development and research tasks, research approach, methods to be used, the implementation process as well as a plan for evaluating both the process and its outcome.
  • Carrying out the development task according to a flexible plan and evaluating as well as following up the development process.
  • Evaluation in which the focus is on the reliability, ethicalness, transferability and usability of the development process. Deepening one’s knowledge and competences is in essential role. The final evaluation can further discuss the productization of the results. Based on the results received at the evaluation stage further challenges can be presented.
  • Maturity examination
  • Publishing the thesis, which includes submitting the development task report/thesis report and presenting it.