REGULATIONS FOR THE PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION OF THE MASTER THESIS
1. Need Final Master
To obtain a master's degree in Intelligent and Adaptive Software System will require the completion of a Final Master (TFM hereafter) of 9 ECTS in proving the training received.
The purpose of this regulation is to establish rules governing the procedure for allocation of directors and tutors to students, appointment of the court, prosecution, proceeding, defense and language of the Final Master Work.
The TFM will be to carry out original research work. Its purpose is to allow students to learn how to pose, is developed and presented a research paper. Submissions should be related mainly with some of the research program and have the approval of the Academic Committee of the Masters (CAM).
The TFM will be held individually. Although the Master must work to meet individual and original work by students under the supervision of a doctor from the Master, the subject of inquiry may be common to several TFM and the sum of all the works satisfy the same problem research. Additionally, the TFM shall comply with all rules of copyright and authorship and originality to justify it.
4. Assignment of Master Thesis directors
The TFM will be done under the direction and mentoring of at least one teacher from the University of Vigo. There is the possibility of a co-director, which can be a doctor outside the program. In any case, the procedure to apply will be the following one:
- Up to seven days before the end of the first semester, the teachers who want to steer a Master Thesis, must transmit by email to the Secretariat of the Master the works they offered including their title and a brief summary.
- The full list of these works will be published on the website of the masters (http://ssia.ei.uvigo.es/) before the end of the first semester.
- During the first two weeks of second semester, students interested in one of the offered works must contact the teacher who has offered it. Within the same period, those teachers (who were agreed with some students to carry out some of the works) will communicate by e-mail their final Master Thesis proposal to the secretariat of the Master. This proposal must be signed by the student and all of the teachers involved, including the title of the work and a brief summary of the research to be done.
- During the third week of second semester will meet The Master Academic Commission in order to approve the proposals. The full list of approved TFM will be published on the website of the Master.
5. Proposal for tribunal
The CAM will approve the composition of the tribunal to assess the TFM. The tribunal will be composed of three doctors, one of whom must be a full professor or be an university full-time teacher with at least two research periods approved, the other two doctors must be members of the program with at least one research period approved. In any case, the director-tutor of student may not be part of the tribunal.
6. Procedure for development work
- The student should upload a first working draft on the platform developed for such purpose, together with the report of their tutor. The deadline will be indicated on the website of the Master.
- The CAM will indicate the dates in which students must defend their TFM to the tribunals formed for this purpose. Students who choose to make this defense at distance (with the electronic media available to the committee) will also use those dates.
- Seven working days prior to the TFM defense of the first or second call (to be published on the website of the Masters at the beginning of second semester), students will upload their work (compressed archive of the sources and images used) to the platform, along with the Vº Bº by its director (the model will be available on the website of the master). To defend the TFM, the report of the tutor must be favorable.
- TFM's defense will be made orally before the tribunal and at the order previously established. The exhibition will have a recommended duration of between fifteen and twenty minutes and shall be public. Any member of the tribunal may make such questions and issues ihe/she deems appropriate. Upon completion, the tutor may make the comments he considers necessary, in the same way any doctor who attends to defense can make questions related to the work presented.
- The work will have a maximum of 20 pages including annexes and bibliography appropriate.
- The work will conform to the structure of content that is set out in paragraph 7 of this regulation.
- The delivery of documents will be made electronically using the template available on e-learning tool of the Master.
The CAM will approve and publish the presentation periods for the TFM accordding to the Vigo University's school calendar.
7. Methodological approaches to the organization of work
The TFM must describe original work demostrating familiarity and mastery that the student has taken on the proposed theme and skills associated with the TFM.
The structure used in the TFM is:
- Introduction where the theme is clearly expressed in the work, its aims and objectives, its assumptions (where applicable), and theoretical relevance.
- The methodological framework and state of the art from which addresses the theme.
- The original contribution of the research.
- Conclusions and future work.
- References: list of all sources cited in the paper, with full bibliographic references and arranged properly.
The TFM should be written in English and must include a summary in Castilian Galician enough to ensure comprehensive and accurate understanding of the TFM. This can only be achieved by giving a sufficient extent that summary may not be less than a tenth of the original scope of work. This summary does not count towards the maximum extension of the work presented.