Bachelor Thesis Project

Bachelor Thesis Project

The bachelor thesis project is a personal project during year 2 and year 3 during which the student learns the scientific methods to obtain and critically integrate new knowledge into his/her medical profession. In the bachelor thesis a current problem within the international (global) field of medicine has to be addressed. The thesis should results in a well-balanced advice about the problem or subject. The elective period can be used to broaden or deepen the knowledge about the subject of the bachelor thesis. The work performed during the elective period should contribute to the quality of the bachelor thesis.
The bachelor thesis project is not a scientific research project, but it is possible to extent it into a JSM scientific research project. The total amount of credits involved in the bachelor thesis project is 17 ECTS; 3 ECTS is awarded for approval of the project plan in year 2, 11 ECTS for the elective period and 3 ECTS for completion of the bachelor thesis in year 3.

1. Objectives Bachelor thesis
The end terms of the bachelor program of the IBMG are described in the “Raamplan 2009”. The competencies in the Raamplan 2009 that are required for a medical practitioner are based on the Can MEDS framework description of seven physician roles: 1. Medical expert 2. Communicator 3. Collaborator 4. Manager 5. Health advocate 6. scholar and 7. Professional.

The Bachelor thesis represents the completion of these competencies at the Bachelor level. For the production of the bachelor thesis all competencies are necessary, but special emphasis will be on the role of Scholar.
Two key competencies in the role of Scholar that are most relevant for the Bachelor thesis project are the following:
The student is able to:
1. Critically evaluate information and its sources, and apply this appropriately to practice decisions
2. Contribute to the creation, dissemination, application, and translation of new medical knowledge and practices

General objectives of a Bachelor program can be described as so-called Dublin descriptors for the Bachelor program. Students who have finished a Bachelor program should be able to:

1. Show that they have knowledge of the most recent developments in their academic field
2. Use their knowledge and insights (including methodological skills) to address practical issues in their field
3. Give a well-balanced assessment of their own work from an academic angle, from the practical side and from the ethical perspective
4. Communicate (both orally and in writing) their ideas and insights to a mixed public
5. Work independently

The bachelor thesis should result in an advice about a problem or subject
The bachelor thesis is the completion of the Bachelor program and the objectives of the bachelor program should be fulfilled by the thesis. In the bachelor thesis a current problem within the international (global) field of medicine has to be addressed. The elective period can be used to broaden or deepen the knowledge about the subject of the bachelor thesis. The work performed during the elective period should contribute to the quality of the bachelor thesis. The thesis describes the problem, the approach to solve the problem and the results of the research. This has to be done in a clear, structured and scientific manner.

This includes:
a. a clear introduction
b. a description of the target audience
c. a clear advice based on derived findings
d. a direct connection between problem statements, approach, methods and outcomes
e. the rationale of the followed approach
f. an adequate description of the followed approach
g. a clear and concise description of the derived findings
h. a discussion of the findings
i. the use of relevant and recent literature
j. the correct use of references

2. Project plan Bachelor thesis and elective period
The bachelor thesis project is a personal project during year 2 and year 3 where the student learns the scientific methods to obtain and critically integrate new knowledge into its medical profession. During the years there will be supportive education about the methods and skills necessary for the bachelor thesis project. The project plan should contain a concise description of the plan for the elective period and the bachelor thesis. It should also clarify how the elective period can contribute to the insights that are used to write the bachelor thesis
The project plan should clearly explain the following subjects.

1. The subject of the bachelor thesis and the elective period
2. The faculty supervisor involved to the project
3. The problem within the subject that is addressed in the bachelor thesis
4. The approach to reach the aims of the project plan
5. A detailed work plan for the elective period
6. A detailed work plan for the writing of the bachelor thesis
7. Possible course work in the elective period
8. Financial planning
9. Time schedule
10. References

3. Elective period
The elective period should be used to broaden or deepen the knowledge and insights of the student of an area or subject that is relevant for the personal development of the student into a medical professional. The work performed during the elective period should contribute to the quality of the bachelor thesis.

The following requirements are necessary for the elective period
1. The workload of the elective period should consist of 11 ECTS
2. The elective period is organized in the first 10 weeks of the first semester of year 3 of the bachelor
3. The work in the elective period should be performed under the responsibility of an acknowledged academic institution
4. If course work is part of the elective the EC for the course work can be part of the total EC
5. If the elective period is used for doing scientific research, the project plan should be extended as an JSM work plan and contain a detailed work plan for the scientific research (see point 5)
6. If the elective period is performed at a foreign institute, a faculty supervisor is responsible for the contact with the foreign institute
7. The financial consequences of an elective period at a foreign institute are the responsibility of the student

4. Role of supervisors
-The supervisors will guide the students to write their project plan in year 2 and to write the bachelor thesis in year 3.
-This supervision is independent of the involvement of the supervisor in the activities of the student during the elective period.
-The supervision is for a group of students between 5-10 students.
-The students can choose from a list of subjects and supervisors.

Activities of the supervisor are:
1. help to choose the subject of the Bachelor thesis
2. help to choose the content of the elective period
3. supervision of writing the project plan
4. support possible contacts for organizing the elective period
5. if applicable help in arranging a faculty supervisor for students that want to perform their elective period at a foreign institute

5. Organization of courses during the elective period
- Departments can organize courses that can be (a part of) the elective period for the participating students
- Elective courses can be open for students of different Faculties or Universities
- Availability of courses can be advertised to the students by the bachelor thesis project organization
- Contributions for organization of courses are dependent on the number of participating internal and external students

6. JSM possibilities : www.jsmgroningen.nl