Undergraduate Degree Thesis
In order to obtain a BA, BEd, BBA or BSc degree, a student needs to complete an undergraduate degree thesis and obtain minimum passing score of 60%.
Definition of Thesis
An undergraduate thesis is an original, independent research project undertaken by the student with the guidance of a faculty supervisor that culminates in an appropriately researched and structured research paper. The thesis will demonstrate a student’s research competencies, from conception to producing the final output – presentation of a research proposal, managing the research project, conducting a literature review, performing data collection, analysis and presentation.
The Benefits of Writing a Thesis
This opportunity to do thesis offers students formal opportunities to enhance their research skills and experience. Besides providing a unique chance to work individually with a faculty member on an original research project, the completion of an undergraduate thesis is an important first step for students contemplating graduate school. The benefits of doing this thesis are as follows-
- Satisfy students’ intellectual curiosity
- Develop an ability to ask critical questions
- Acquire the investigative instincts needed to find answers
- Have the skill to navigate libraries, archives, databases, and other resource avenues
- Sharpen students’ argumentation skills
- Organize a lengthy piece of writing
- Work closely with faculty members (i.e. a thesis supervisor)
- Explore other fields of profession
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the minimum requirement for enrolling in the thesis?
Though this course is open to all who have done Research Methodology 101, it is recommended to take at least 42 core Bachelor courses before enrolling for the Thesis in order to have sufficient knowledge to complete a proper thesis.
Is the thesis paper similar to the assignments we did in previous courses?
An undergraduate thesis has both similarity and difference with the assignments you did in the undergraduate courses. The two forms are similar in the sense that both are characterized by a persuasive argument, judicious use of evidence, originality of thought, clarity of expression and referencing. They differ in three important ways—an undergraduate thesis is a much larger project, the students need to select the topic by themselves and it is based on original research carried out according to the standards of the discipline. Although as an undergraduate you are unlikely to make a truly original discovery, you should expect your undergraduate thesis to make, in at least a modest way, what scholars call "a contribution to the field."
An undergraduate thesis allows you to use your accumulated skills and knowledge to study an important question, test a hypothesis, or produce something truly creative—and to do so on your own, independently. Thus, an undergraduate thesis is the ultimate, defining accomplishment of your undergraduate education.
How long the thesis paper would be?
The form and length of undergraduate theses vary greatly by discipline; recently, most traditional research-based theses have been thirty to sixty pages, but some have been longer or shorter.
How do I choose a topic?
The thesis supervisor will provide the students with several broad themes. Students will construct and propose a unique topic that falls within one of the provided themes. You should read widely in the fields that interest you to formulate a topic. Make sure the scope of the research is limited enough to make it manageable within the stipulated time frame.
What is the procedure of writing the thesis paper?
The students need to follow the following steps:
Students will read the general instructions, familiarize themselves with the research theme, develop a suitable topic and submit a research proposal within one and half months of the commencement of the semester.
The thesis supervisor will evaluate the proposal and advise the student if the proposal is accepted or requires revision.
Once the proposal has been approved, the student will have 3 months to complete his or her research and submit it for grading.
After the submission, the thesis supervisor will have two weeks to assess the thesis and provide a date for argument defense if need be. Thesis and argument defense may be instituted to validate that no plagiarism exists in the research and that it is an original work.
Can I extend the time to do the thesis?
Yes, you can. The details of that can be found here.