The final examination consists of an experimental or design thesis, or a written dissertation addressing the subjects taken in the Postgraduate Degree Course, prepared under the guidance of a tutor who is a member of the Academic Council, and/or in collaboration with public and private bodies, manufacturing companies, or research centres that operate in the chosen field of study. For developing the dissertation the students must first review the technical literature on the subject. They are then expected to work on their own initiative in relation to the type of dissertation, and to propose solutions to the problem by developing a suitable mathematical model of the system, as appropriate. The final examination is worth 23 CFU. The final mark is based on the average of all the examination marks, the dissertation, and the final colloquium. The Degree Examining Board awards marks out of a total of 110. Full marks (110/110) with Honours can be awarded by majority vote of the Degree Examining Board.