Chap3 - 3 Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships...

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3 Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the roles of the people involved in your project, emphasise their responsibilities and elaborate on their inter-relationships. The roles of the participants in your project can be characterised as follows: The student, who identifies, approaches and solves a problem The supervisor, who guides you in your work The examiner, who critically assesses your work The number of people involved in your project may vary, since a project may include multiple students, or supervisors. In fact, your project may even have mul- tiple examiners, although this is not very common for student projects at bachelor and master’s level. Normally, a thesis project has one student, one supervisor and one examiner. A project with more than one person in each role introduces additional issues that need to be addressed, and these will be discussed separately. As mentioned earlier, projects are characterised by the fact that they have a dis- tinct start and end, and hence, a limited time in which they can be performed. Projects are allocated resources (people, time, money etc). Furthermore, projects have distinct purposes, and aim to achieve defined goals. Hence, carrying out a project is the task of optimising the use of these resources, and of delivering the results. 3.1 The Student As you know, you are the one who moves the project forward. Without your initia- tive and commitment, the work will not be progressing satisfactorily, and the project comes to a halt. Supervisors have the right to expect a high level of com- mitment from their students, who in turn should respond positively to advice and guidance. In so doing, students develop an increasing level of independence when it comes to solving complex problems. You should always remember that your supervisor is your best friend when doing a project. He or she believes in you. Otherwise they would not have agreed 15 M. Berndtsson et al. (eds.), Planning and Implementing your Computing Project - with Success! © Springer 2008
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16 3 Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships to be your supervisor in the first place. The supervisor is there to help you, pointing out both the good aspects in your work and the less good ones, in order to help you improve. You are both involved in a project which may increase the body of knowl- edge and deepen our understanding of a problem in a particular area. This is the ultimate reward for a successful project, but it requires that you are both committed to doing a good job (Fig. 3.1). Your supervisor certainly is! 3.1.1 The Responsibilities of the Student As a student you should: Discuss with your supervisor what kind of guidance you find most useful, and what your possible preferences might be with respect to the working routines Plan and discuss with your supervisor the topic of the project and the timetable, including a schedule of meetings where appropriate feedback can be given
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Chap3 - 3 Actors Involved, their Roles and Relationships...

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