Undergraduate Degrees from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are considered as finished once a Final Year Project (FYUP) has been submitted and defended.
Between 6 and 30 ECTS are allocated to FYUPs, which must be related to the skills developed within each degree and undertaken during the final stage of the degree.
Projects must be original, independent and personal, and must be produced either individually or in a coordinated manner; students must produce them under the guidance of a supervisor.
These projects' aim is to allow students to comprehensively demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate degree completiony. Moreover, seminars attendance and other attendance-based activities considered appropriate can be included.
FYUPs are protected under the Intellectual Property Act.
Each UA centre (faculties/polytechnic school) will draft specific regulations about application, submission, characteristics, and assessment of FYUPs included in their curricula.
At the University of Alicante, students can register for the FYUP if they have passed at least 168 ECTS in 240 ECTS curricula, and 228 ECTS in 300 or more ECTS curricula.
The FYUP is a subject and students must register for it during the same periods as for other subjects.
Students also can register for the FYUP during the extended registration period for second-term subjects (second fortnight of January).
Students can make use of the degree completion resit when only two subjects and the FYUP are left for them to finish their degree.
Supervisors guide students to write their FYUP.
Their job consists on providing guidance, advise and planning for students' activities, as well as tracking their work during this period, and helping with everything that may allow students to produce a good piece of work.
Prior to submission, supervisors will go through the Final Year Project Report and express their opinion about the work done by the student.
A co-supervisor can be exceptionally assigned when students carry out an FYUP in a company or institution outside the UA.
Each supervisor's university department will be responsible for appointing a substitute in the event of a temporary or permanent leave.
All the university departments that teach subjects in the concerned curriculum will present FYUP topic proposals that must include the lines of work to be followed, as well as the objectives to be achieved.
Prior to the term when FYUPs must be produced, centres will publish a list of research lines and/or topics that students can choose, along with the names of all possible supervisors, the number of students that can choose one supervisor, and allocation criteria. Similarly, centres will draft basic rules on FYUP style, length, and structure.
Students must apply for the FYUP they wish to undertake in order of preference through the "UAproject" app in UACloud Virtual Campus.
According to the number of available spots and the applicable criteria (academic record), centres will publish an FYUP allocation list.
Students can also choose their own topics to produce an FYUP. If the corresponding department turns a topic proposal down, the decision must be properly justified.
An FYUP commission will be set up per degree in each centre. Their role is tol coordinate and supervise the whole process, and ensure the quality and the quality level required for this type of project.
Procedures, FYUP publication, application, and allocation calendars are set by each faculty/polytechnic school on the FYUP specific regulations.
At the University of Alicante, FYUP presentation and defense will be carried out orally and in a public session.
Centres will establish the assessment criteria and submission and defence procedures in their FYUP regulations. ,They will also establish basic rules on style, length, and structure that all FYUPs must comply with.
Supervisors will review FYUP reports prior to submission.
FYUP assessment periods (regular and resits) will be established at the academic calendar.
FYUPs will be assessed by a panel consisting of three lecturers from the same degree.
Evaluation panels cannot grant a "Distinction with honours", but they can propose its granting to the centre's FYUP Committee in charge of granting them at the end of the FYUP presentation period. The decision will be made after hearing the presidents of the evaluation panels, and according to the general regulations on "Distinction with honours" granting.
According to the UA general regulations on FYUPs and MFPs,, centres (faculties/polytechnic school) must draft and publish regulations to further develop general regulations and adapt them to each degree' s own characteristics.
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