In order to obtain a pass for a degree project the student must have acted as an “opponent” on another degree project. It is advisable for the disputation to take place when the student has commenced his/her own degree project. If more than one student takes part in the disputation on a degree project, all the opponents must take an active part to obtain a pass.
It is important that the disputation is oral and a dialogue between the opponent and the author.
A disputation of a degree project involves a close examination of the written work and the oral presentation. The purpose of the disputation is not to grade the degree project but to be a support exercise, in which constructive criticism, positive and negative, can raise the quality of work.
The opponent must be prepared and familiar with the project, in order to be able to explain his/her opinions objectively and counter the author’s arguments.
The final disputation at the presentation of the project work is supposed to be a final critical review of the work, both in terms of its content and the formal aspects of the written work.
Use the following guide to prepare the disputation:
1. What is the overall impression of the report?
2. Is the content of the work appropriate/good? Is the report written in a way that enables you to get a good understanding of the content?
- Are the problems/arguments clearly set out? Is the objective linked to the problem?
- Is the objective clear, does it show what is going to be studied?
- Have sufficient limits been applied in relation to the presentation of the problem or are they too wide?
- Has an appropriate amount of literature been used in relation to the problem? Has the literature used been examined critically? Has the literature consulted been used to answer the questions?
- Has an appropriate methodology been applied to the problem? Have other methods been critically evaluated? Are there advantages and disadvantages to the method selected?
- Are the results properly recorded and are they credible? Are the results set out in a way that is comprehensible?
- Have the results been properly analysed? Is the analysis linked to the theory?
- Do the results provide answers to the questions which were posed? Are the arguments and conclusions well supported?
- Does the project demonstrate thorough knowledge and awareness of methods within the main field/orientation?
- Does the project work demonstrate an ability to evaluate results critically?
3. Is the structure of the report clear? Are the style and form acceptable?
- Is there a title page and is the title appropriate?
- Can the summary be understood even if the remainder of the report has not been read?
- Is there a list of contents, introduction, literature review, description of methods, description of results, arguments and conclusions, a list of sources and any appendices? Do the headings provide good guidance and does the breakdown into sections make the report easy to read?
- Are the diagrams and tables clear and do they perform an appropriate function?
- Are the quantities and designations entered so that they are in keeping with normal practice?
- Are all the references in the text included in the list of references and are they complete and correctly entered?
4. Have relevant aspects of sustainable development been observed in the degree project?