Presentation and opposition
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Your supervisor and examiner decides when you are ready to do your oral thesis presentation and then you and your examiner decides on a suitable presentation time for the work and book it here. The oral presentation of your master’s thesis should be done in English in front of your examiner, the students who have prepared an opposition to your presentation, and other interested students and staff.
The important prerequisite is that your thesis report is ready for examination one week before the presentation. The presentation should last for no more than 30 minutes. It should cover the full thesis work and be presented in a way that makes it easy for students with similar background as your own to follow the description although they have not read the written report.
The presentation should preferably be supported by the use of visual aids like computer presentations. In some cases demonstration of hardware and software might be appropriate.
After the presentation the student(s) should be prepared to answer questions and comment on statements both from the opposition and from the audience. The opponents need to have access to the written thesis report not less than one week before the oral presentation in order to do their job.
The oral presentation is followed by opposition from the opponent(s) who are in the process of doing their own master’s theses. The maximum number of students to be opponent for one thesis is two persons. That is, not two groups unless both groups contain only one person.
The opponents have 10-15 minutes to present their opinion on how the presentation was performed, to ask questions on the material and to discuss it with the presenter. The questions and discussion should not focus on details but be more general so the rest of the audience who have not read the written report can follow the discussion and maybe give their own input. The examiner, who is leading the session, shall approve (or reject) the presentation as well as the opposition. The opposition has to be both oral and written. The opposition report is to be handed over the group after the presentation.
Useful points to consider when performing the opposition are:
- The planning and structure of the report.
- Definition of the problem at hand.
- Method and realization.
- Results and the handling of the result.
- The shaping of the report and formal points like references.
- The examiner for the student who does his or her oral presentation should also evaluate the opposition and approve or reject it.
You enroll as an opponent by e.g. finding a suitable presentation for opposition on the page where you book your own presentation. Contact the student(s) in question and make an agreement. You may also find a suitable presentation in other ways, e.g. when attending writing seminar II. It is not uncommon that two groups arrange so that they oppose on each other. Make sure that you get the report in time, not less than a week before the presentation, so you can do a proper job.
In the same way you make your presentation available for other opponents by booking a time for your oral presentation.