Master’s thesis Innovation for Change in a Digital Society (two years)

Summary

The purpose of the course is for the student to further develop knowledge, understanding and skills to work with problems in the field of computer science in a scientific way.

Admission requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 180 credits in the subject of computer science or related and relevant subjects. Examples of such subjects include informatics, computer and information science, information systems, interaction design, human-computer interaction and media technology.
  2. At least 15 credits in programming, system development or equivalent.
  3. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 at the Swedish upper secondary level
  4. At least a pass grade in the course Research methodologies, data analysis and communication or equivalent knowledge
  5. Least pass grade in the course Capstone Project
  6. At least 75 approved credits within the current programme

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2022

Course Code:
DA626E revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Examensarbete i innovation för förändring i ett digitalt samhälle (master två år)
Level of specialisation
A2E
Main fields of study:
Computer Science
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
26 August 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Technology and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
26 August 2019

Entry requirements

  1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 180 credits in the subject of computer science or related and relevant subjects. Examples of such subjects include informatics, computer and information science, information systems, interaction design, human-computer interaction and media technology.
  2. At least 15 credits in programming, system development or equivalent.
  3. Knowledge equivalent to English 6 at the Swedish upper secondary level
  4. At least a pass grade in the course Research methodologies, data analysis and communication or equivalent knowledge
  5. Least pass grade in the course Capstone Project
  6. At least 75 approved credits within the current programme

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the programme Computer Science: Innovation for change in a digital society and can be included in a Master's degree in Computer Science (120 credits).

Purpose

The purpose of the course is for the student to further develop knowledge, understanding and skills to work with problems in the field of computer science in a scientific way.

Contents

The student shall independently plan, perform and present a project that contributes to the relevant research area. The student's knowledge of research methodology shall also be applied.
The course consists of 3 parts:

  • Problem definition and project planning
  • Performance of a degree project
  • Presentation of the degree project and public discussion and examination of another student's degree project

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Once the course is completed, the student shall be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of the subject of computer science, comprising broad knowledge within the field and substantial specialised knowledge within certain parts of the field in addition to specialised insight into relevant research and development work,
  • in-depth knowledge of methodologies within the subject of computer science, and
  • knowledge and understanding of central and relevant concepts and methods used to create sustainable change through innovation in a digital society.
Competence and abilities
Once the course is completed, the student shall be able to demonstrate:
  • the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and handle complex phenomena, issues and situations, even with limited information,
  • the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate questions, to plan and execute – using appropriate methods – advanced assignments within specific deadlines and thus contribute to the development of knowledge, and to evaluate such work,
  • the ability in both national and international settings to orally and in writing clearly describe and discuss his/her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which these are based, in dialogue with different groups, and
  • the skills that are required to take part in research and development work or for independent work in other qualified activities, and
  • competence and ability to apply appropriate methods and tools to create sustainable change in a digital society through innovation, taking into account social, economic and ecological factors.
Evaluation abilities and approach
Once the course is completed, the student shall:
  • demonstrate the ability within the subject of computer science and with a focus on change through innovation in a digital society to make assessments in relation to relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, as well as demonstrating awareness of ethical issues in research and development work,
  • demonstrate insight into the opportunities and limitations of the science, the role these play in society and the human responsibility for how this is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify his or her own need for further knowledge and to take responsibility for his or her own knowledge development.

Learning activities

During the course a small number of lectures, seminars and presentations/public discussions and examinations are conducted. Other than this, the course is mainly carried out in the form of independent study with supervision.

Assessments

Grading is based on oral and written examination, including active and scheduled participation, through the following elements:

  • Project Plan - 2.5 credits - UG
  • Academic paper including artefact(s) - 25 credits - UA
  • Presentation and public discussion and examination - 2.5 credits - UA
Requirements for a passing grade (A-E): Pass in all elements. The final grade is based on balancing all the individual elements with the grade of each element weighted according to its size.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Individual literature is selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who are taking or have completed a course with the opportunity to share their experiences of and opinions about the course in the form of a course evaluation that is arranged by the University. The University compiles the course evaluations and notifies the results and any decisions regarding actions brought about by the course evaluations. The results shall be kept available for the students. (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

When a course is no longer given, or the contents have been radically changed, the student has the right to re-take the examination, which will be given twice during a one year period, according to the syllabus which was valid at the time of registration.

Other Information

The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Technology and Society at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology.

Further information

Application

17 January 2022 - 05 June 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program