This page is the starting point for any MBI student wishing to
start the graduation project. If you have any questions after reading this
page, please contact the Graduation Coordinator at graduateMBI@cs.uu.nl.
- Planning and procedure - The Planning and Procedure document helps you avoid overruns and explains
the full process of graduation
Forms mentioned in the procedure can be found here:
- FAQ - The FAQ list is found here
- Previous theses - See all previous MBI theses here
- Scientific paper - Find more information here on writing a scientific paper
- List of projects - Please note a list of projects can be found (recently migrated to Wordpress) here.
- Reference Contract for Companies - If you wish to provide your company with a contract template, please find it here.
Please note that the "previous theses" is only available from within the university, either through a VPN connection or on a UU workstation.
MBI Procedure Details
There are several additional remarks in
regards to the following subjects:
The MBI Colloquium is a twice monthly meeting in which students interact about their thesis progress. A colloquium meeting typically lasts 2 hours and consists of three student presentations. Students present at the colloquium twice in their carreer. The following requirements are in place for the two presentations.
- First presentation
- The short proposal has been approved
- The long proposal has been approved
- The first supervisor has explicitly given the student permission to present
- The first supervisor has approved the powerpoint two days ahead of the colloquium
- The graduation request form has been filled out and handed into the student administration
- Second presentation
- Completed literature review
- Completed data colection
- Nearly completed data analysis (at least have enough to present a tentative analysis)
- Completed concept of main artifact
- Already started evaluation process of the main artifact.
Please note that the student can fail the presentation. If so, the presentation needs to be redone at least one month after the failed attempt.
In the MBI master, the thesis project counts
for 40 ECTS (instead of 45 ECTS); the remaining 5 ECTS consist of the MBI
Colloquium (4 ECTS), and the Introduction
to Business Informatics (1 ECTS) course.
The thesis project generally consists of a trinity: you need a project idea, a
graduation advisor, and a graduation project facilitator. In the MBI the
project facilitator usually is a company, but under some circumstances the
university acts as your facilitator. The predeveloped
project ideas come from either companies or professors, which means you
only need one other part to start your project. Your own project idea is
welcome too, just contact graduateMBI@cs.uu.nl.
Please note that you can always work in the MBI hallway on your project in
rooms B221 & B228. For access to the rooms and computers, please view the
instructions on the doors of the rooms.
Constraints -> Scope:
the scope of the final thesis project, the thesis subject should always fit the interest of the O&I-group. Please see the slides of an introductory thesis meeting held in October of 2013. Be careful in giving
commitment to a company for thesis project execution, without consulting the
O&I-group for research interest match, specifically the O&I-person that
has the thesis subject as research interest.
Constraints -> Admission:
In principle, admission to start the final
thesis project officially is permitted when you have passed all you courses and
is confirmed by the (likely) supervisor of the student, after the supervisor
has approved the thesis proposal document. Prior to writing the thesis proposal
document, a graduation request (1 A4) needs to be submitted to the graduation
coordinator by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The graduation request should at least contain the following items: problem statement (trigger), research questions, researh approach, main deliverables (max 2 pag).
(Long) Graduation Proposal:
The work plan should be part of the thesis
proposal document. E.g. the thesis project can follow the following cycle on
which the workplan can be based.
The problem situation occurs in the real world, and is often
triggered through a particular company situation (external thesis project), or
research activity (internal thesis project). As an MBI student you will
abstract this real world situation using theory and models from literature. You
may create your own (extension) of theory/models, or use existing theory in a
particular unique situation. From the model domain you will try to solve the
particular problem through solution finding. Once you have defined your solution
in the model world you will implement the solution in the real world and
validate your efforts. Note that validation can also take place in the model
world or even both worlds. Whether you apply quantitative, qualitative or
design research in you thesis project, you can often apply the above generic
thesis execuction process. A good example of a work plan can be found here.
Find comments included in the document.
The long proposal should at least contain: the problem statement, research questions, research approach (detailed), main deliverables, evaluation method, relevance, most mportant literature, Planning and Deliverables (short), communication, supervisors, references (max 20 pag).
into account that for the final presentation there is 30 minutes time for your
presentation. This is in conflict with what is mentioned here. The
presentation can be in Dutch, but the slides must be in English, in case an english speaker walks in.
Please also note that as of 1-11-2013 it is necessary to ask for an extension for your project in case you overrun the project length of 8 months. You will receive a reminder 1 month before that deadline. The extension needs to be sent to GraduateMBI@cs.uu.nl.
Here several links to common research methods are gathered.
- Systematic Literature Review - There is more info available on SLR through this link.