The Bachelor Project is the final part of the bachelor’s degree
The bachelor project is the part of the bachelor programme where you independently document your ability to, in a qualified way, draw up, analyse and address issues within a limited academic subject that reflects the main emphasis of your bachelor's degree.
The bachelor project consists of the following elements:
- Solution to a theoretical, experimental or practical problem
- Bachelor project report, submitted for assessment and part of the bachelor project examination
- Bachelor project examination.
Information about the project
Finding a supervisor and the role of the supervisor
You must yourself (in good time) find a supervisor from the Faculty of Engineering. As a rule, the principal supervisor must be employed by the Faculty of Engineering. Any co-supervisor may be employed by another faculty. All faculty professors, associate professors and assistant professors may act as principal supervisors. PhD students may only act as co-supervisors.
The supervisor is formally responsible for academic supervision during the process and must participate in the concluding bachelor project examination. The role of a supervisor is to supervise during the entire project period through regular dialogue with the student.
Bachelor project in cooperation with a company
If you choose to write your bachelor project in cooperation with a company you may have a supervisor from the company (also known as an external supervisor). In such cases, you must also have a principal supervisor at the Faculty of Engineering. It is the principal supervisor who ensures that the project meets the Faculty standards for a bachelor project.
Cooperation on a project must be based on an agreement between the student(s) and the company. There is no requirement for direct contact between the supervisor(s) and the company. However, it is important that the principal supervisor is familiar with the company’s objectives and how they have contributed to the project.
You may, in connection with your cooperation with the company, receive company data or other classified information, which the company does not want publicised in the bachelor project. In that case the company is likely to ask you to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (abbreviated NDA). An NDA means that your bachelor project will not be publicised. Should the company have further confidentiality requirements that will also bind SDU you must contact your programme coordinator as soon as possible.
When you submit the bachelor project you must enclose any NDA as a separate, named enclosure to the thesis, also if the NDA is only signed by you and the company. In addition, you must state in the loan form that you and the company have signed an NDA (please refer to the paragraph “Submission of the bachelor project report” below). Ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that SDU is informed of the company’s wish not to publish the bachelor project report.
The bachelor project is usually carried out by 1-2 students. Some study programmes require that the final project is carried out by two students. In special cases, the bachelor project can be carried out by up to 3 students. This, however, requires special permission by the Head of Programme. In the bachelor project report, it must be stated clearly which parts of the report each student is responsible for.
Registration and the bachelor project contract
You must register for the bachelor project to enter into a bachelor project contract. Registration for the bachelor project takes place at the same time as registration for other teaching classes through Self Service within the registration period. You will receive a letter in your student email when it is time to register. Registration for the bachelor project also means that you are bound by the Faculty’s fixed project period. You must apply for a dispensation if you cannot keep within the project period.
Once registered you can enter into a bachelor project contract through the electronic forms system. Guidelines to the electronic bachelor project contract are available here.
The bachelor project contract must be submitted for approval no later than 31 August, if your project period starts on 1 September and no later than 31 January if your project period starts on 1 February. If your study programme has announced an earlier date, you must abide by the submission date announced by your study programme.
Once the contract is approved by both supervisor(s) and Head of Programme you will receive a copy of the approved contract in your student email. You will also be contacted via your student mail in case of any problems during the process.
Note that finding a subject for the bachelor project and getting started on the project is your own responsibility. Not getting started on the project by semester start does not qualify as an exceptional circumstance which may give grounds for exemption from the submission deadline.
Bachelor project report
Students enrolled on a programme offered in Danish may write the bachelor project report in either Danish or English. If the supervisor does not speak Danish, the report must be written in English. Students enrolled on a programme offered in English must write the bachelor project report in English.
The bachelor project report must include an abstract in English. If the report is written in English, the abstract can be in Danish. The abstract will be included in the assessment.
The Faculty of Engineering has no overall requirements as to the length of the bachelor project report, by number of characters or pages. Your study programme, however, may have programme specific requirements. Please contact your Programme Coordinator for further information as to programme specific requirements.
Submission of the bachelor project report
The submission deadline is stated in the bachelor project contract. If you have been granted dispensation for a later deadline this deadline will be stated in the letter of dispensation.
The submission deadline is binding. Should unusual circumstances prevent you from submitting the bachelor project on time, you must apply to the Academic Study Board for dispensation for suspension no later than one month before the official deadline. Please refer to the paragraph Amendments to the bachelor project contract below.
The bachelor project report must not contain any civil registration (cvr) numbers, including your own. Instead you must state your name on the front page. If the bachelor project has more authors, all names must be stated on the front page.
The bachelor project report must be submitted electronically in BlackBoard in the bachelor project course under the menu SDU Assignment. The report must be submitted as one single pdf document. Enclosures must be submitted as separate files. Any NDA must be available in a separate enclosure in pdf format. Should you have any special enclosures which cannot be submitted in pdf format (such as programming code/encoding, film and similar), these enclosures can be uploaded as a single zip-file together with the pdf document. In addition, any large drawings can be submitted in paper format at the relevant secretarial office provided you have a prior agreement with your supervisor. You will receive an electronic receipt (confirmation of submission) in your student email. It is important that you keep the receipt as this is your documentation for timely submission.
You can submit only one copy of the report: if you are more students who write together, you must agree in advance who will submit the bachelor project report in BlackBoard. The student who submits the report in BlackBoard must immediately after submission send a copy of the receipt to his/her fellow students.
All bachelor project reports are checked for plagiarism.
Upon submission of the bachelor project report you must fill in the electronic loan form (log in with your SDU username and password) where you must state to which extend the bachelor project can be lend from SDU’s library. If you have signed an NDA you must remember to state this (refer to the paragraph Bachelor project in cooperation with a company for further information).
Changes in the bachelor project
If during the bachelor project you learn that the project takes you in a different direction than initially assumed you can apply the study board for approval of change of title and/or change of thesis statement (research question). As a main rule, approval of change of title or thesis statement does not qualify for dispensation as to submission deadline.
You must also apply the study board for dispensation if there are other changes that affect the bachelor project contract, such as the need for postponement of the submission deadline. Such changes must be based on exceptional circumstances.
Applications for dispensation for changes in the bachelor project contract must be received by the Academic Study Board no later than one month before the submission deadline.
Bachelor project examination
The bachelor project examination is held within 6 weeks from the date of submission of the bachelor project report.
Usually the exam starts with a presentation of the bachelor project. Following the presentation students are examined on the report and the presentation.
In addition to the supervisor(s), an external examiner will be present at the exam as assessor. The exam will be graded according to the 7-point grading scale based on an overall assessment of the bachelor project report and the oral examination and the student will receive the grade immediately after the exam.
Assessment of the bachelor project report is especially based on its academic content. Spelling and wording (regardless of language) are included in the assessment with limited weight unless there are significant deviations from common academic language. Relevant documented disabilities may lead to exemption from this rule.
If you fail the bachelor project exam or fail to submit the bachelor project report
If you fail to meet the submission deadline for the bachelor project you will use an examination attempt and you must register for teaching classes and examination in the following semester; sign a new bachelor project contract and write a new bachelor project with a new title and project description. Please note that you, in connection with your second examination attempt, cannot expect to receive supervision to the same extend as during your first attempt. You can get a third attempt according to the same rules as apply to the second attempt.
If you fail the bachelor project exam you must, as a rule, register for the re-examination in accordance with the regulations stated in your curriculum regarding re-examinations. Your supervisor will give you a new submission deadline with the opportunity to improve the bachelor project report as well as a new exam date. If you fail to register for re-examination you must register for teaching classes and examination in the following semester; sign a new bachelor project contract and write a new bachelor project with a new title and project description. Please note that in that case you cannot expect to receive supervision to the same extend as during your first attempt.