Maastikuarhitektuuri lõputööde korraldus / Thesis Coordination

Bakalaureuseastme lõputööks koostatakse sügissemestri aine "Linnaruumi kujundamine" edasiarendusena projekt, mille juhised edastatakse tudengitele eraldi. Bakalaureuseastme tudengitel on vaja esitada lõputöö teema registreerimise vorm, milles töö pealkirjaks märgitakse sügisese aine töö moto. Magistritöö koordineerimine toimub vastavalt järgnevale tekstile.

 

MASTER THESIS COORDINATION:

Professor Simon Bell is the coordinator the master’s thesis – whether the traditional research-based work or the alternative project-based work – together with Professor Mart Külvik. In order to ensure that theses are completed in time for the defence date, which is usually fixed in mid June, a timetable should be followed that helps students and staff to develop and complete theses to an appropriate standard. Students will have individual supervisors but the whole process will be coordinated as a single programme. Although the main time for thesis writing is the final semester of the 2nd year of the master programme, it is necessary to carry out some preliminary work during the 1st year and for many students the summer vacation between the 1st and 2nd years is an important time for carrying out field work. Even with the major design project taking up most of the 1st semester of the 2nd year, the master work should not be neglected. The master work process is also associated with the Research Methods course which is held in Semester 2 of the 1st year of the master programme.


THE COORDINATION PROCESS: STANDARD ROUTE

This is the normal route of taking a subject theme and writing a research-based thesis.


Stage 1. Selection of the subject area for the thesis, agreement with the potential supervisor and submission of the form which registers the title, theme and supervisor  together with a 1 page summary document in English.

This summary will contain: Title, brief description of subject area and why it is relevant, draft research question(s), name of supervisor. The usual deadline for this for the 1st year master students is on or around the 1 April (precise dates vary from year to year). Simon Bell will interview each student and discuss the preliminary ideas in mid-March. The summary document should be submitted electronically to Simon Bell (simon.bell@emu.ee) and to Mart Külvik (mart.kylvik@emu.ee ) as well as on paper to Marget Matjus.

Stage 2. Development of the subject, basic literature overview, ideas for methodology and synopsis of the thesis structure.

This should be summarised as a 3-4 page document in English that will be agreed by both the supervisor and by Simon Bell. It will form the basis for the completion of the work. The deadline for this for the 1st year master students is usually the end of May (precise dates vary from year to year). Simon Bell will interview each student and discuss with the student and his/her supervisor the work, any changes and recommendations for further development in June in time for any fieldwork that needs to be done in the summer break. In addition there are tasks which form part of the assessment of the Research Methods course and which are designed to form part of the material assembled at this stage, such as a review of 10 items of literature.

Stage 3. First draft of the thesis: pre-defence.

2nd  year master students should complete the draft to a position of 75% completion of the entire work normally by late April (precise dates vary from year to year) and send it to their supervisor by email for feedback (cc Toomas Muru – toomas.muru@emu.ee). The supervisor, together with Simon Bell and Mart Külvik, will meet each student in early to mid-May (precise dates will vary from year to year) to give feedback and to assess progress at which point there will be an opportunity to catch any major problems and to offer advice on how to achieve completion to as high a standard as possible by the final deadline.

Stage 4. Final draft of the master thesis is submitted for review and defence.

Two bound copies of the final work must be handed in to Marget Matjus on or around 1 June (precise dates vary from year to year) for review, allowing at least 10 days for the review to be completed in time for the defence.
 

MASTER THESIS COORDINATION: ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

Those students who follow the alternative route of a research-based design project follow a similar programme but with some variations in timing and content.

Stage 1. Selection of the subject theme for the thesis and the project location/site, agreement with the potential supervisor and submission of the form which registers the title, theme and supervisor  together with a 1 page summary document in English.

This summary will contain: Title, brief description of subject area and why it is relevant, draft research question(s), name of supervisor. The usual deadline for this for the 1st year master students is on or around the 1 April (precise dates vary from year to year). Simon Bell will interview each student and discuss the preliminary ideas in mid-March. The summary document should be submitted electronically to Simon Bell (simon.bell@emu.ee ) and to Mart Külvik ( mart.kylvik@emu.ee ) as well as on paper to Marget Matjus.

Stage 2. Development of the subject, basic literature overview, background information on the project area.

This should be summarised as a 3-4 page document in English that will be agreed by both the supervisor and by Simon Bell. It will form the basis for the completion of the work. The deadline for this for the 1st year master students is usually the end of May (precise dates vary from year to year). Simon Bell will interview each student and discuss with the student and his/her supervisor the work, any changes and recommendations for further development in June in time for any project fieldwork that needs to be done in the summer break. In addition there are tasks which form part of the assessment of the Research Methods course and which are designed to form part of the material assembled at this stage, such as a review of 10 items of literature.

Stage 3. First draft of the thesis: pre-defence.

2nd  year master students should complete the draft to a position of 75% completion of the written part of the work normally by late April (precise dates vary from year to year) and send it to their supervisor by email for feedback (cc Toomas Muru – toomas.muru@emu.ee). The supervisor, together with Simon Bell and Mart Külvik, will meet each student in early to mid-May (precise dates will vary from year to year) to give feedback and to assess progress at which point there will be an opportunity to catch any major problems and to offer advice on how to achieve completion to as high a standard as possible by the final deadline. The progress on the project part of the work will also be assessed at this point and checked to see that it can be completed in time for the defence.
 

Stage 4. Final draft of the master thesis text part (approximately 1/3 of the length of a normal thesis) is submitted for review and defence.

Two bound copies of the final work must be handed in to Marget Matjus on or around 1 June (precise dates vary from year to year) for review, allowing at least 10 days for the review to be completed in time for the defence. The project part should be completed and printed ready for the presentation as an integral part of the defence. Normally it s not necessary to submit the project part in advance. Copies of the project posters should be printed at A3 and inserted into a pocket at the back of the final thesis.

Students are free to discuss any aspect of their thesis with their supervisor or with Simon or Mart and if there are special circumstances that require an extension these should be identified and the case for an extension made as soon as possible. In some circumstances it is possible to hold a second defence date in late August. If this is the case then the final draft must be submitted by mid August (precise dates vary from year to year) for review with a defence on the last Thursday or Friday of August.