Assessment Focuses and Grading Scale

The student will need to submit the thesis a minimum of four weeks before the assessment. Please, read the submission guidelines of your own school on the Elmo student (login required). The thesis tutor and a co-examiner assess the thesis on the basis of JAMK's general assessment criteria. The units (schools) may have their own, specified instructions concerning the assessment of the bachelor’s thesis (See Elmo Student).

The assessment of the bachelor’s thesis is based on both the process and the results. The assessment focuses on the following:

  • choice of the topic and approach
  • knowledge base and the structure of the thesis
  • realization of the thesis work
  • results and their analysis
  • reporting

Grading Scale

  • 5 (Excellent)
  • 4 (Very Good)
  • 3 (Good)
  • 2 (Satisfactory)
  • 1 (Sufficient)

If the thesis generates new professional knowledge, it is regarded as a merit. The student always writes a self-evaluation on the thesis, and the thesis is also evaluated by a fellow student (peer evaluation). If the thesis is an assignment from a company/organisation, it is evaluated by a representative of the company/organisation concerned.

The present assessment criteria have been adopted starting 1 August 2014.

Final Assessment

The thesis tutor and co-examiner evaluate the thesis independently, but they draw up one written statement based on their evaluations (thesis tutors draw up separate statements in the school of Business) . The peer evaluation and the possible evaluation of the company/organisation representative are also taken into consideration. The statement shall report any differences of opinions between the evaluators concerning the quality of the thesis. The statement is given to both the student(s) and the members of the bachelor's thesis work group. At the end of the statement the evaluators make a joint grade proposal.

The final assessment of the bachelor’s thesis takes place in a meeting of the thesis work group of the unit / degree programme concerned. The Thesis Work Group prepares an assessment decision and finally grades the thesis based on the ratified assessment criteria and a statement given by thesis tutors founded on the assessment criteria. If the student is dissatisfied with the assessment, he/she has the right to appeal against the decision of the thesis work group in accordance with JAMK’s Degree Regulations. The first step in the process is to submit a request for assessment review to the thesis work group, which made the final decision on the grade. For further steps, see JAMK’s Degree Regulations (pdf).

In addition to grading, the unit-specific Thesis Work Group monitors the quality of the theses in their field and develops theses and the guidance process governing them. Wholly or in part, the work group comprises Principal Lecturers.

Within the entire university of applied sciences, the Education Development Services take care of thesis development. Annually, the Education Development Services organise development seminars and workshops, as a result of which the thesis process is updated and improved.

The dates of the thesis work group meetings can be found on the Elmo Student (login required).