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The effect of multiple change processes on quality and completion rate of theses: a longitudinal study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Assessment in education: Principles, Policy & Practice, ISSN 0969-594X, E-ISSN 1465-329XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Improving the quality of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses while at the same time increasing the number of theses without expanding the existing resources proportionately is a huge challenge faced by higher educational institutions. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of multiple change processes on Bachelors and Masters level thesis work in a selected higher educational institution. The following research questions were studied: (1) How has the thesis quality changed? (2) How has the number of completed theses changed? and, (3) How has the ratio of completed theses per supervisor changed? The change processes were introduced into the thesis process in the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University during 2008–2014. The results show that the quality and the number of completed theses have significantly increased. The multiple change processes including a purpose built ICT system named SciPro, which was introduced and improved incrementally during 2010–2014 are discussed and evaluated in relation to these results.

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Higher education, Masters and Bachelors thesis, ICT support, quality improvement, thesis process
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Computer Sciences
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151315DOI: 10.1080/0969594X.2017.1303442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151315DiVA, id: diva2:1172567
Available from: 2018-01-10 Created: 2018-01-10 Last updated: 2018-04-25

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