Guidelines for Grading a Thesis

Grading the BioPharm Thesis

The thesis document:

Component Criteria Mark (%)
Introduction Thorough review of the literature pertinent to the project. Objectives of the study or the hypothesis to be tested clearly stated. 25
Methods Contains sufficient detail to gauge the relevance of the approaches taken. Techniques clearly described to allow repeat. Analytical and statistical techniques described adequately. 20
Results Includes both positive and negative outcomes, data presented in a logical sequence and clearly illustrated through the use of figures and tables. Figures and tables accompanied by appropriate legends that allow them to be understood without reference to the text. 20
Discussion Results interpreted and their meaning and significance outlined. The study placed in context with the current literature. Negative outcomes discussed. Avenues for further research indicated. 25
References Pertinent, adequate, uses correct style in text and bibliography. 10

Performance during thesis work:

Component Criteria Mark (%)
Initiative To what degree did the student assume ownership of the project, demonstrate motivation, and take initiative in dealing with issues that arose during the course of the project? 20
Independence To what degree could the student be relied upon to perform the work without supervision? Did the student seek help when appropriate? 20
Responsibility To what degree did the student show scientific and ethical responsibility as well as responsibility towards colleagues? 20
Critical sense To what extent was the student able to evaluate the quality of data, experimental design, and current literature pertinent to the thesis topic? 20
Compatibility What was the quality of the student's interactions with others? To what extent was the student able to supervise, collaborate, and/or follow instructions in a collegial manner? 20

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