Overview of CSE Thesis A/B Deliverables and Assessment

An overview of the assessment items are described below.

Thesis Part A

  • Thesis Seminar Presentation (during Week 7) (30%): Make a 30 minute presentation about the Thesis A topic and the plan
  • Thesis A Written Report (Week 12) (70%)
  • Thesis Seminar Attendance Sheet (during Week 7): Students must attend 4 (four) seminar presentations of other Thesis A students. When presented, please sign the attendance sheet for the students who attended your student's presentation session. There is no mark attached to this item, but it is a requirement for passing Thesis A.

Thesis A is marked out of 10 and contributes 10% towards the final mark for Thesis Part B.

Thesis Part B

  • Thesis Demonstration/Presentation (During Week 11) (20%): Make a 30 minute presentation about the final outcome of the thesis. This could be a demonstration of the system built, or a presentation of theoretical work.
  • Final Thesis Report (Week 13) (80%)
  • Thesis Summary/Abstract (Week 13): Along with the report, students are required to submit 150-word summary of the thesis. This summary is going to be published in the CSE Thesis Digital Archive.

Note: The final Thesis Report is often called simply "The Thesis"

The mark for Thesis Part B is determined by taking an average of the marks awarded by the supervisor and the assessor for the demo and report components. It is worth 90% of the final mark (Part A is worth 10%).

Marking Criteria for Thesis A/B Deliverables

In marking each deliverable, we define a small set of assessment criteria for each assessment item. CSE provides a Web-based system for entering assessment results.

My CSE Thesis Marking System

The system will present a list of assessment items and marking criteria for them. Markers award a grade , not a mark, for each criterion , and supply a comment to justify the grade . The final mark is computed by the system by mapping each grade to a mark and computing a weighted-sum of the individual criterion marks. The process of assessing reports is intended to be analogous to the process of reviewing an academic piece of work such as papers or poasters in journals/conferences, and we believe the method improves the simplicity, consistency and reliability of assessment.

The grades are based on the standard university grading scheme : High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS) and Fail (FL). Within each grade, we define levels as follows:

  • HD (85-100%): Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, with Level 1 being the lower end of the grade (i.e., 85%)
  • DN (75-85%): Level 1, Level 2, with Level 1 being the lower end of the grade (i.e., 75%)
  • CR (65-74%): Level, Level 2, with Level 1 being the lower end of the grade (i.e., 65%)
  • PS (50-64%): Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, with Level 1 being the lower end of the grade (i.e., 50%)
  • FL (0-49%): Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, with Level 1 being the lower end of the grade (i.e., 0%)

When you use the marking system, first decide on a grade, then a level within the grade . The system will map the results to marks and automatically compute a weighted sum.

Thesis A Seminar Marking Criteria

Thesis A seminar is assessed on the following two criteria. For longer description of each grade, please refer to this page .

Technical Quality of the Talk (50%) Structure and Delivery of the Talk (50%)
FL Insufficient Background, No aims/plan No structure. Poorly prepared or delivered presentation
PS Adequate with some details generally appropriate materials. Questions not handled well
CR Good level of details. Clear plan Good structure and appropriate materials. Q/A handled well.
DN Logical/organised details and analysis, clear and feasible plan Well structured and effective materials. Q/A handled well. Good interaction with audience
HD Extensive and logically linked details and analysis, clear/feasible plan and solid methodology Excellent structure and well designed materials. Confident and professional delivery. Presentation aides effortlessly integrated with the delivery

Thesis A Report Marking Criteria

Thesis A report is assessed on the following three criteria. For longer description of each grade, please refer to this page .

Review of Other Work/Literature Review (50%) Articulating a research question, plan and thesis outline (40%) Document presentation (10%)
FL Deficient Broad context missing Impedes document reading
PS Adequate Broad context present, no specific plan Poor formatting/structure
CR Solid Broad context and specific, logical plan Poor judgement with respect to layout, possible padding
DN Solid and linked Broad context, logical plan and plan fits the review narrative Minor issues with presentation, but overall high quality.
HD Of peer-reviewed paper quality Broad context, specific, robust/feasible logical plan that fits the review narrative well. Professional, concise and readable

Thesis B Demo Marking Criteria

Thesis B Demo is assessed on the following two criteria. For longer description of each grade, please refer to this page .

Technical Quality and Completeness of the work (80%) Structure and Delivery of the Presentation (20%)
FL Lack of understanding of the technical work required. No/little outcome reported No structure. Poorly prepared or delivered presentation
PS Close to complete, reasonable effort, some level of engineering practice/research methodology employed generally appropriate materials. Questions not handled well
CR Mostly complete and functional work demonstrated (some scope for improvement). Satisfactory effort, a good level of engineering practice/research methodology employed Good structure and appropriate materials. Q/A handled well.
DN Complete work (requiring minor refinements), significant effort invested, solid technical quality, showing a good level of engineering practice/research methodology employed Well structured and effective materials. Q/A handled well. Good interaction with audience
HD Complete and fully functional or correct piece of work. Effort invested is Impressive. Of highest quality, demonstrating the best engineering practice, solid research methodology Excellent structure and well designed materials. Confident and professional delivery. Presentation aides effortlessly integrated with the delivery

Thesis B Report ("Thesis") Marking Criteria

Thesis B Report is assessed on the following four criteria. For longer description of each grade, please refer to this page .

Lit review/Background and putting the results in context (20%) Execution of the research project, quality of analysis, discussion of results (50%) Conclusions, and value added (20%) Document presentation (10%)
FL Fail to articulate aims of the thesis in the research context Clearly deficient No clear value Impedes document reading
PS Motivations/aims for research not as clear "Thin" results, lacking intellectual engagement No interesting results Poor formatting and document structure
CR Background clear, results not contexualised Several components to the research work, not coherently linked Minimal value Poor judgement with respect to layout, possible padding
DN Background and aims are clear, context is incomplete Solid, coherent work, linking all the research components together into a consistent story Will have wider impact when future work is done Minor issues, but overall high quality
HD Background to research and significance of the conclusions researched are clear Solid, coherent and consistent story, plus thoughtful and original perspective or theory. Will have wider impact now Professional, concise and readable


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