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Information on final exam 2020 - catering and hospitality specialization
2020.05.25

INFORMATION ON FINAL EXAM 2020

CATERING/HOSPITALITY SPECIALIZATION


I.    PREPARATIONS

1.1.    Thesis upload

Thesis already uploaded to Moodle2.

 

1.2.  Thesis evaluation

The dissertation prepared by the undergraduate (BA) students is evaluated by two reviewers (supervisor and opponent), both in text and by scoring. Reviewers will also ask questions during the evaluation of the dissertation. The questions more closely related to the dissertation are asked to the student by the members of the final examination committee in the final exam, so the students do not receive them in advance. At the same time, as part of one assessment sheet, students will receive a complex professional question covering a wider area, which will serve as a starting point for a professional discussion to be conducted during the defense. Students will receive both evaluations (from supervisor and opponent) via Neptun at least 5 days before the final exam.

 

1.3.  Briefing

Preparing for the final exam is the individual responsibility of the student. The Department of Hospitality organises final exam briefings prior to final exam, in which participation is recommended for all students applying for the final exam, free of charge and unconditional.

In view of the viral situation, the final exam briefings will take place in Microsoft Teams. Information on the dates of the briefings will be provided in a Neptun message to all students who have registered for the June 2020 final exam. All interested students have the opportunity to join the Teams meeting. Exact dates will be available on the website of the Department of Hospitality in the News menu and on the Facebook page of the Department.

 

1.4.  Topics of the final exam

Undergraduate students in the final exam must be proficient in the topics listed at the following link in order to prepare for the professional discussion:

https://uni-bge.hu/kvik/Szervezeti-egysegeink/oktatasiszervezetiegysegek/VENDIT/dokumentumok/Alapkepzes-(BA)/English

in English:

https://en.uni-bge.hu/CCCT/FULL-TIME-BA-COURSES-IN-ENGLISH-OR-GERMAN/TOURISM-HOSPITALITY/Info-for-Enrolled-Students/Final-Exam/Final-exam-topics-for-catering-and-hospitality-specialization.pdf  

 

   II. FINAL EXAM

2.1.  The procedure of the final exam

According to the 6/2020 (V.11.) special rules of the organization and conduct of the final examination of the Rector-Chancellor, these must be known and applied by all persons involved.

Students will be informed of the date of the final exam in a Neptun message. For CHM students it is planned tot he week of 15-19. of June, 2020.

The final exams will take place online in the Teams program. Students will be provided with all information on how to download and use the Teams program.

The final examination committee shall consist of at least three members, the chairman and member of the committee and the secretary of the minutes. One of the members of the final examination committee is, if possible, the supervisor of the students assigned to the given committee.

Students will be invited to the final exam one by one, so there will be no joint opening ceremony.

Before the start of the final examination, one of the members of the committee informs all students about the expected time of the completion of the final examination and the announcement of the result, as well as about the following points:

During the final exam, please, do not consume food, however, water or other non-alcoholic beverages are allowed (in fact, we strongly recommend that you prepare a drink, tissue, pen or pencil, paper before the defense).

It is not allowed to take video and audio recordings during the final exam.

Ethical conduct is expected of the student throughout the final exam.

The committee may ask the student to use his or her computer camera to point around the room where he or she is.

There are two students in the Teams meeting for the entire duration of the final exam, so they listen to each other’s defense throughout. The penultimate student waits for the exam for the last student.

During the final exam, the student may not leave the room, even when the other student is taking the exam, he / she must keep his / her camera on during his / her own exam and with the student present at the same time.

The final exam for undergraduate students consists of the defense of a dissertation, which includes the presentation of the results and the professional discussion based on it.

The duration of the final exam is about 30 minutes. The final exam consists of the following parts.

  1. Presentation of the results of the dissertation - 10 minutes
  2. Answering the question(s) asked by the reviewers of the dissertation - 5 minutes
  3. Professional discussion related to the topic of the dissertation - 15 minutes.

The final exam begins with the defense of the dissertation, the student must share the pre-prepared presentation on his / her own device on the screen so that the members of the committee can see it. The student can choose any presentation software as desired. The presentation does not need to be pre-loaded anywhere. The student has a maximum of 10 minutes to present the presentation. The chair of the committee may indicate when the student is nearing the end of the set time frame. After 10 minutes, the chair of the committee will stop the presentation, regardless of where the student is in the presentation.


2.1.1. Suggestions for the presentation 

–        As the presentation time frame is tight, it is worth emphasizing on the primary research carried out by the student and the evaluation of the results. A lengthy description of the “theoretical background” is not recommended. Students are advised to set a timer for the presentation.

–        The examination committee evaluates the presentation not only in terms of content, but also in terms of presentation. Therefore, we should avoid reading the text mechanically, but rather spend time highlighting the point and communicating important additions.

–        If a weakness is mentioned in the thesis assessment, it is worth responding to it during the presentation, especially if the student can look up the question and provide additional information that essentially covers that omission.

–        It is possible to formulate a counter-opinion against the supervisor/opponent evaluation, but it is worth doing so if the student can base his argument on facts. Such a debate is, in fact, the essence of defense.

Following the presentation, the question(s) raised during the review of the dissertation will be discussed, as well as a comprehensive, complex professional discussion based on the professional question posed in advance. There is no special preparation time for students.


2.1.2.    Answering the question(s) asked by the reviewers

The question (s) related to the dissertation are raised during the defense, they are not received in advance by the student. The role of these questions is to point out the possible shortcomings of the dissertation or the possibilities for further development. The questions are specifically about the dissertation and assume that the student knows more about the topic than he / she described in his / her dissertation. Answers to questions can play a major role, especially when reviewers ’assessments differ (e.g. supervisor grade: 5, opponent grade: 4).

It should be noted here that the grade given for the dissertation is not derived from the average of the reviews. The committee will give an overall evaluation (grade) taking into account what is described in the dissertation, taking into account the reviews, the presentation and the answers to the questions.

 

2.1.3.    Professional discussion related to the topic of the dissertation

The professional discussion is intended to show the general professional skills of the student. Not only the existence of the knowledge learned but also the ability to apply it is essential in assessing the student's performance.

The professional discussion will take place as follows:

- The student receives the complex question in writing as part of one of the thesis reviews (see the thesis review section above).

- Based on the question, candidate can prepare without restrictions, utilizing the knowledge gained during your university studies, internship and the preparation of your dissertation.

- A written answer is not required, but students are asked to make a short list of 2-5 sub-topics that form the framework of their planned answer.

- At the beginning of the professional discussion, the student is asked to list the planned sub-topics, without explanation. The committee may decide to request explanations of only some of the sub-topics listed.

- The committee does not necessarily listen to the student's answer (from the beginning till the end), they can ask clarifying questions or make critical remarks at any time. It is also possible to deviate from the sketch proposed by the student during the discussion.

During the evaluation of the professional discussion, the examination committee evaluates the student's professional knowledge, discussion skills and ability to apply the knowledge in a complex way.


2.1.4.   Suggestions related to the professional discussion:

–        Preparing for a professional discussion should be different from an exam based on pre-defined oral topics. In the discussion, we do not ask for specific theoretical knowledge, but we discuss topics and problems that may be related to different subjects. Lexical background knowledge is, of course, important, as it provides the basis for expertise, but the ability to apply knowledge in practice is essential for successful participation in the debate.

- In order to prepare for the exam, it is worth reviewing the former course material of management subjects. Of course, other subjects may also be considered.

- The time available for the debate (approximately 15 minutes) is limited. We therefore recommend a concise description and answers, avoiding lengthy leads or “sidings”.

- It may be especially helpful to mention students’ own experiences, but remember to put them in context. That is, keep in mind that what you have seen or experienced is always only about a particular slice of reality, while the “whole picture” is usually much more nuanced. It can help a lot to compare experiences with their professional readings, perhaps with a so-called “theoretical background”.

 

2.2 Closing of the final exam, announcement of results

One of the members of the examination committee informs all students about the expected closing time of the final exam.

After the last final examination student, all students leave the Teams group meeting and the final examination committee determines the marks obtained in the final examination in a closed circle.

Thereafter, a member of the examination committee re-invites the students to the Teams group meeting. One of the members of the examination committee asks the students who have attended whether they agree to communicate their grade in the final examination in the presence of the other students. If the students give their oral consent, the committee member will read out the students' grade. If there is a student who does not contribute to this, his / her grade will not be mentioned.

 

We wish you a successful exam and successful preparation!

Department of Hospitality


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