Thesis/Final examination

The 6-ECTS credit final examination is divided into two parts.

A first part concerns the acquisition of bibliographic research tools in the digital world through the attendance of the two online modules Infopatente and Bibliopatente provided by the Department's Digital Competence Lab  (DigiLab in line with the guidelines of the ministerial plan of the new National Digital Competence Strategy and which can be freely carried out during the three-year period.

The second part relates to the writing and discussion of a paper of no less than 50,000 characters written on a topic chosen by the student and agreed upon with a instructor from one of the subjects in the programme of study.

Overall, the student must demonstrate the acquisition of an autonomous critical and argumentative capacity and an appreciable familiarity with the research tools and specialist vocabulary within one of the scientific-disciplinary fields represented in the degree programme.

The supervisor guides the student at all stages of the work and may propose the appointment of a co-rapporteur. The Course Council recommends that students contact supervisors several months in advance of the planned graduation date, both to agree on the correct pace of research and writing work and to allow the supervisor to organize his or her assistance, especially in cases of excessively high numbers of undergraduates, which must be properly scheduled.

The award of the final mark will be based on the evaluation of: the student's overall curriculum; the written paper submitted, which must demonstrate the level reached in the ability to apply the knowledge acquired.
The Course Council also resolved to award an extra point to the graduation grade for students who undertake a stay abroad for the acquisition of at least 12 cfu or 6 cfu of work experience and for students graduating within their third academic year.

An additional point in addition to the average based on 110 is awarded to students who have participated in collegiate bodies (Academic Senate, Board of Directors, Evaluation Board, Student Council, University Quality Presidium, Single Guarantee Committee, University Sports Committee, Department Council, Teacher-Student Joint Committee, Department Quality Presidium, Course Council, Review Group), for at least one term of representation, provided that they have guaranteed attendance at at least 70% of the meetings.

The student must self-certify his or her participation by sending a communication to the supervisor when submitting the application for graduation, specifying: the type of collegiate body; the time frame of the representation; the dates of the meetings in which he or she actually took part. The supervisor, with the help of the Education Manager, will check what has been self-certified and will proceed to inform the President of the Degree Committee.