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Faculty of Communication SciencesUniversity of Tampere The School of Communication, Media and Theatre

Grading the Dissertation

Preliminary examiners evaluate whether or not the manuscript fulfils the evaluation criteria so that the doctoral student can be granted the permission to publish and publicly defend the manuscript as a doctoral dissertation. The opponent will apply the evaluation criteria to see how successful the dissertation is. The final projects for the degrees of the Doctor of Art and Licentiate of Art (Theatre and Drama) are graded pass/fail.

The following matters are evaluated:

The research topic, research problem and research questions
- The justification of the research topic
- The scientific significance, originality and topicality of the research topic
- The outline of the research topic and the relevance of the research questions
-  The clarity of the research frame.

Taking previous research into account
- Knowledge of the field and relevant literature
- Critical reflection and evaluation of previous research
- The position of the research in relation to previous research (continuation or a new opening)

Conceptual clarity and theory
- The definition and contextualisation of central concepts
- Conceptual consistency
- The justification and opening of the theoretical framework
- The discussion of existing theory and outlining of a new theory

Data

- The suitability and sufficiency of the data for the research problem
- Presentation of the data
- Ethical questions concerning the acquisition or production of data

Methods
- The suitability of the methods for the research problem
- The justification of the selection of the methods and the application of the methods
- The reliability and sensitivity of the methods
- The diversity, consistency and independence of the application of the methods
- The development and usage of new methods

Results, conclusions and further research
- The diversity, novelty and scientific significance of the results
- The results in relation to previous research
- Self-reflection and critical evaluation of the study
- The scientific and social value of the research
- Suggestions for further research

Structure and manner of representation
- The logic of the structure and the balance of the chapters
- The logic of the progression
- The impeccability of the language and the fluency of the writing

Grading Scale

Approbatur - The dissertation has severe deficiencies, but it fulfils the School's basic criteria for a dissertation and follows the ethical norms of research.

Lubenter approbatur - In relation to the evaluation criteria, the dissertation has several significant deficiencies without adequate compensative merits. The dissertation fulfils the School's basic criteria for a dissertation and follows the ethical norms of research.

Non sine laude approbatur - In relation to the evaluation criteria, the dissertation has clear deficiencies without adequate compensative merits. The dissertation fulfils the School's basic criteria for a dissertation and follows the ethical norms of research.

Cum laude approbatur - In relation to the evaluation criteria, the dissertation is good. The language and the concepts are well-defined; the research problem, methods and results are well justified and based on relevant data. The special merits of the dissertation compensate for possible deficiencies.

Magna cum laude approbatur - In relation to the evaluation criteria, the dissertation has clear merits without invalidating deficiencies.

Eximia cum laude approbatur - In relation to the evaluation criteria, the dissertation has several significant merits without invalidating deficiencies.

Laudatur - The theme of the dissertation is ambitious, and the work is especially distinctive, independent and original in relation to all essential evaluation criteria.

Please note that the final rating shoukld not be a mathematical average of the sub-ratings. The doctoral dissertation is assessed as one entity.

Evaluation Board

When the permission to publish has been granted, CMT's Board appoints an evaluation board whose duty is to propose a grade for the dissertation. The evaluation board is made up of the opponent(s), the custos and an outside docent. The custos will convene the board. The custos has the right to speak, but not the right to propose the grade. The evaluation board's position on the evaluation and grading of the dissertation is given in the custos's report. Any member of the evaluation board can voice a divergent opinion, which must be written into the report. The statement concerning the proposed grade must be submitted to the School's presenting official within one month of the public defence.

CMT's Board will decide whether a doctoral dissertation, equivalent final project or licentiate thesis will be approved and how it will be graded. The opponent's statement and the evaluation board's grade proposal must be submitted to the doctoral candidate at least four days before the Board meeting at which the dissertation will be discussed. If the candidate wishes to respond to the statement or the grade proposal, he or she may do so during this time. If the doctoral candidate wishes to submit a response, he or she has the right to request that the matter be postponed until the next Board meeting. A petition for reconsideration of the grading of the doctoral dissertation (or the licentiate thesis) must be submitted within 14 days of the announcement of the decision.

 
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