Reporting instructions for the empirical assignment
- Length of the paper is around 20 pages (length of 15-30 pages is also acceptable if that is more appropriate for a group’s needs)
- Nice results and contribution are fine, but most important is to show a research design that can give reliable results regarding the research questions
- Structure and layout of the research proposal are already commented earlier: the same structure and layout should be applicable in the research report as well
You can get feedback (shortly) on your research report draft at the end of November 2018 (send the draft of your report by email to natalia.vuori(at)aalto.fi and suggest time for a feedback meeting)
Research reports are assessed using Aalto University School of Science GUIDELINES FOR MASTER ́S THESIS EVALUATION:
I. Definition of research scope and goals
The goals and scope of the thesis have been defined.
The thesis addresses challenging and relevant engineering problems or research questions, which are clearly described.
The thesis addresses engineering or scientific importance and relevance of the subject.
II. Command of the topic
The thesis demonstrates command of the thesis topic and understanding of technology and science in the topic area.
The thesis demonstrates understanding of the relevant conceptual and theoretical frameworks.
The thesis references and makes use of appropriate, up-to-date scientific and technical, and scholarly literature and other relevant sources of information.
The student has chosen appropriate engineering or/and research methods.
The chosen methods are appropriately explained in the thesis. The thesis provides justification for and reflects critically on the choice of methods.
The student applies the chosen methods in a logical way that fits the problem and research question.
The results are critically evaluated.
IV. Results and contribution
The thesis presents results of the engineering or/and research process as well as justified conclusions drawn from the results.
The goals of the thesis have been reached. The thesis answers the stated engineering problems or research questions and discusses them critically.
The results have value to the engineering or scientific community and to the organization where the work was done. The thesis may make an original contribution to technology or to scientific or engineering knowledge in the topic area.
V. Presentation and language and structure
The thesis is a coherent whole.
The overall appearance of the thesis is appropriate, and the given guidelines have been followed.
The text is logical and readable, and the style is suitably formal and objective for an academic thesis.
There are no grammar, spelling or other language errors that make reading difficult.
VI. Thesis process
The student has sought guidance and followed the received advice.
Good engineering and scientific practices and ethical guidelines have been followed.
The thesis has been written independently by the student. The student’s personal contribution to the results is significant and evident from the thesis.
The thesis process did not significantly exceed the planned schedule or set deadlines.
Student group has 15-20 minutes to present their research in
the seminar. Additional 10-15 minutes is reserved for discussion, comments, and
questions. In your presentations we recommend you to concentrate on the main
points of your research (objectives, material and methods, results and
discussion) and reasoning behind your choices.
Other students in the seminar should take the responsibility
of comments and questions. It is recommended to read the research report of the
group you are reviewing before the seminar (research reports will be emailed to
the seminar participants before seminars). The 10-15 minutes discussion session
after the presentation provides you an excellent opportunity to clarify issues
and gain additional insights for your review.
Review of a research (review of an assignment)
Each student (individual, not group work) will evaluate and
review a research report and seminar presentation of another student group.
Research reports will be emailed to the students before seminars. The review
(500-1000 words) should focus at least the objectives of the research (clarity,
ambition, relevance, scope, feasibility), material and methods (suitability of
material and methods, how well applied, why chosen, etc.), results (are the
objectives achieved and research questions answered, are the results clear and
clearly presented,), discussion (interplay between data, results, and
conclusions, practical implications, review of own research). Take a
constructive approach in your review:
- Address the strengths of the research
- Address the weaknesses and explain how they could have been avoided
- Give comments how the study could have been improved.