A special feature of Aalborg University is the significance
given to project work in each semester. Students are usually required to work in groups
of two to four (2-4), but more advanced students may be given
permission to work individually.
As an ICS student you must choose one course in extension of
which you will do your project. In addition to this
course-project combination you may add further courses at your
option from the list of available courses. Those additional
courses will have other examination formats than a project, for
instance take-home exams, oral exams, or a combination with
Projects are written in Danish, English, French, German or Spanish.
The oral examination will also be conducted in one of these languages.
Projects take their starting point in practical problems or theoretical
topics, which are related to the course work. Lectures and seminars
are offered to prepare students for project work on problems within
Project Writing Workshop
A project writing workshop is offered in the first half of
every semester. Students are required to participate.
Project work will be supervised by an AAU staff member, with
whom you will meet regularly throughout the last half of the semester
to discuss theories, methodological problems, data collection
and analysis, etc. Approximately
two (2) hours of project supervision are allocated for individual
projects, four to six (4-6) hours of project supervision for group
projects, depending on the size of the group.
will submit a project paper at the end of the semester (mid-December
or mid-May). Individual project papers are usually 20-25 pages in
length, whereas group project papers are usually 40-80 pages long,
depending on the size of the group. Each student is required to
contribute approximately 8000 words (about 15 pages). Individual
contributions must be identified in the table of contents.
One to three weeks after you submitted your written project
report, you and your group members will meet with your supervisor
and an examiner to discuss it. Although you have prepared your
project together with other group members, this final part of
the project work is individual. It is referred to as the oral
project exam. It
generally lasts 30 minutes. You will then receive an individual grade for the
project, according to the Danish 7-point scale. Approximately
50% of the grade is based on the written project report, whereas
your oral presentation at the beginning of the oral project exam and the
ensuing discussion account for the remaining
50% of the project exam grade.
Between 10 and up to 20 ECTS credit points are awarded for projects.