State Final Examination for the Bachelor of Computer Science study program
Bachelor thesis defense
In the Bachelor of Computer Science study program, the thesis is defended either with a poster presentation or with a slideshow presentation. Theses advised at the KDSS, KSI, KSVI, KTIML, SISAL and ÚFAL departments typically have a poster presentation. Theses advised at the KAM and IÚUK departments typically have a slideshow presentation. The required presentation format is announced together with the defense invitation.
Both presentation formats provide space for comments on the thesis reviews and general discussion. The defense board recommends that the students read the thesis reviews before the defense, the reviews are available in the thesis submission system.
For a poster presentation, the student should prepare a poster and install it on a stand prior to the defense. The defense board discusses the thesis in front of the installed poster. After the defense, the poster remains installed and displayed for about two more weeks.
The poster design is up to the student, a discussion on poster presentation guidelines is available here. The stand can support posters up to 110 cm wide and 140 cm tall, the poster is attached with pins, provided before the defense. The poster does not have to be printed on a single sheet, tiling multiple sheets is also possible.
For a slideshow presentation, the student should prepare a slideshow, to be shown during the defense. The defense board discusses the thesis after the slideshow presentation, which constitutes a part of the thesis defense.
The slideshow design is up to the student. Typical time allocated to the presentation is 10 to 15 minutes. The slideshow should be stored in a common electronic format (for example a PDF file) on a common electronic medium (for example a USB stick).
The exam begins with handing out the test questions, based on the knowledge requirements for individual specializations, to all students. The questions can concern any topic area and can ask for definitions, applications or proofs – the intent of the test is to cover all core topic areas using a spectrum of question types with the aggregate time requirements ranging between two and three hours. Neither the number of questions nor their types are fixed, however, all questions from the past exam terms are available below as a rough guideline.
The student proceeds by answering the questions in writing. In an average scenario, the exam shedule leaves more than ample time for writing answers, so that speed is not an important factor. On or before the time limit, the written answers are collected and submitted to the examination board, which evaluates the answers separately (with no more interaction with the student). The evaluation uses a point system where points for correct answers are added up – exact point requirements are provided together with the test questions, as a rough guideline earning more than half of all points and earning a certain minimum number of points from each topic area is required to pass.
The exam is geared towards general overview – the evaluation focuses on basic understanding of the relevant principles, where an appropriate language (formally accurate definitions and statements, correct terminology, common notation) and an understanding of associations and applications are required. In contrast, knowledge of technical details or complex proofs is deemed secondary, however, the answers must not contradict factual details.
The exam results, which include the graded answers, are sent to the student via electronic mail using the address from the student information system. The student can ask for the evaluation to be reviewed, this must be done within three working days and together with specific reasons for revision. The examination board will collect the required information and process the revision request following an individual schedule.