Assessment Criteria for Bachelor's Theses

University of Oulu, Faculty of Education

Assessment Criteria for Bachelor’s Theses

Various research orientations shall be given due recognition in the assessment (e.g. empirical, development, historical, theoretical studies), and the assessment form shall be applied accordingly.

Issues to be assessed




Satisfactory (1)

Good (3)

Excellent (5)

A. Research background: familiarity with research topic, previous studies and theories

Theory presentation is superficial, lots of summarization, outdated literature, few other studies related to the topic

Theoretical discussion is well internalized, discussion is properly narrowed down to the central concepts

Theoretical knowledge is analytical and justified, familiarity with other essential studies on the research area

B. Conception of the frame of reference and research problem

The theoretical part is detached from the research problem, the whole lacks structure.

The research problem has been confined realistically based on theory. The work forms a structured whole.

The problem has been formulated creatively, with a clearly determined and justified approach. The frame of reference and the research problem form a structured whole.

C. Selection and use of data

Data collection and use is superficial.

The data is appropriate for the research problem and it has been confined well.

Selection, collection and use of data is considered critically. The data provides some essential knowledge.

D. Mastery of methods

Mastery of methods is deficient, little methodological literature

The use of a method is appropriate, with a larger selection of literature

The method is used with due consideration and justification, and the validity of the method is evaluated.

E. Analysis and interpretation of data and presentation of results

The analysis is technically correct, but the results are superficial. Data interpretation is insufficient.

Data analysis and interpretation is appropriate for the research problem, including the student’s own thinking and justification. The discussion forms a whole.

Data analysis and interpretation is critical and convincing. The presentation of the results is consistent and logical and linked with theory.

F. Interpretation of the results, conclusions and discussion

Interpretation of data is deficient, discussion is simple and narrow, validity has been taken into account.

Interpretation of the results is linked with theory. Validity has been justified, the student’s own reasoning is visible. Conclusions include further suggestions.

Validity has been discussed critically, the meanings of the results have been linked to the development of theory and practice. An inspection of the entire research process is included.

G. Formal issues: method of presentation, use of sources, linguistic form

Use of sources is deficient and one-sided, simple style of writing, the work has an illogical structure.

The sources are new, central and discuss the topic from various point of view, the linguistic form is fluent, the thesis has a logical structure

Sources are used well, with the newest articles, the linguistic form is scientific. The presentation shows the author’s thoroughness and enthusiasm.


Last updated: 29.5.2012