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A thesis cannot be officially accepted until it has been defended. Once your Academic Supervisor feels the thesis is ready to defend, you are responsible for coordinating an acceptable date for all committee members to attend the defense. If you have a Technical Supervisor who is unable to attend the defense (this may be the case if the Technical Supervisor is from outside the Lower Mainland), then the Technical Supervisor should submit written comments and questions to your Academic Supervisor prior to the defense. Once the date is set, your Academic Supervisor should e-mail the undergraduate secretary in the Engineering Science Administrative Office to book a room. You may also wish to post notices or send out an e-mail announcing the date and providing an abstract for the defense presentation.

In general, you are expected to give a 15 to 20 minute summary of the research and work upon which your thesis is based. Your talk should define what the problem is and then summarize how you attacked the problem and what results you obtained. You need not go into each and every point discussed in your thesis. The objective is to show your command of the material and to explain to the audience (who may not have read your thesis) the main results of your work. More generally, your aim is to make your presentation concise, interesting, informative, and professional. Of course, visual aids should be used to help achieve these goals. You should also spend a significant amount of time practicing and polishing your presentation.

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