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SciPro Matching: ICT Support to Start a Quality Thesis

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Henrik Hansson ,

Stockholm University, SE
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Department of Computer and Systems Sciences
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Jan Moberg,

Stockholm University, SE
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Department of Computer and Systems Sciences
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Colombage Ranil Peiris

Stockholm University, Sweden, and Senior lecturer in University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Computer and Systems Sciences
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Abstract

This article focuses on how to empower the initiation stage in the thesis supervision process with information and communication technology. Starting a large number of theses with available resources based on creative ideas is a challenging task. Another challenge is to connect student’s theses with industry's interests. The SciPro ICT support system for thesis supervision was developed over a five-year period. The most important task in the thesis initiation stage is matching students, supervisors, and ideas. Business partners and administrative staff are other stakeholders who should interact in this process. Although the choice of an idea is the responsibility of students, and seems simple, it in fact requires a series of academic and administrative support processes. There is a lack of IT systems specifically address thesis supervision, especially the initiation stage. The SciPro system was constructed to bridge this gap. The initiation stage is the foundation of a quality thesis, and it highly affects the quality of a thesis. The research approach was based on a design science method. Prototyping, testing, demonstrations, and user evaluations were conducted throughout. Data collection methods for user evaluations included interviews, observations, focus-group discussions, and log data. This paper presents the SciPro IT system, which was developed to support the start of quality theses. This system adds value, saves time and increases the quality of the thesis initiation stage. The process implemented rewards supervisors and students by providing a high degree of freedom, control, and selection of relevant topics. It enables both automatic processes for previously time-consuming work and qualified manual operations which can be controlled by administrators according to their needs. SciPro can also be used to improve industry-university collaboration on thesis production.

International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 2014 07 (03)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/icter.v7i3.7158

How to Cite: Hansson, H., Moberg, J. & Peiris, C.R., (2015). SciPro Matching: ICT Support to Start a Quality Thesis. International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer). 7(3), pp.1–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/icter.v7i3.7158
Published on 11 Apr 2015.
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