Take-home examinations, assignments/theses and portfolios

Take-home examinations, assignments/theses and portfolios are different forms of unsupervised assessment, with a set date for submission. These may be conducted as individual or group assessments.

Take-home examination

Take-home examinations are characterised by the fact that there is a set and limited period of time for distribution of the examination paper and submission of the answer. They usually take place over a few days, for example, the examination paper may be distributed on Monday at 09:00 with a submission deadline of Friday at 14:00.


The thesis as a form of examination is typically a semester, project, bachelor's or master's thesis. Guidance can be provided that is adapted to the level and scope of the thesis.


Portfolio submission is often several different elements that when combined constitute a basis for assessment, and which is given an overall grade based on an overall assessment. A portfolio may, for example, include written works, species samples, lab exercises and artistic work.

The document Approved Forms of Assessment at Nord University provides a complete overview of our various forms of examination.

Other useful information

  • Information about courses and the corresponding form of assessment may be found in the course description online. 
  • The examination date, form of assessment and candidate number may be found in StudentWeb.
  • Nord University uses Inspera as a digital examination tool.

Start of take-home examinations

Log into Inspera via nord.inspera.no with your FEIDE user. Check that you have a valid password for your student account. The examination paper will be available from the start time for the examination stated in Studentweb.

It is recommended that you first run a test of Inspera by going into the tab Demo Samples where you select Demo – Examination with all the permitted aids.

Submission of response

When submitting an answer, it should be submitted as a combined document in PDF format, unless otherwise stated in the course description or the question text.

To convert a word document to PDF, you can select "save as PDF" if necessary. press "Print" and select "to PDF".

You can merge two or more PDF documents here: https://www.sejda.com/merge-PDF

In Inspera, you can upload an answer as many times as you want within a set and limited period of time. The last file uploaded will automatically be submitted when the examination period expires. All answers are stored under "Archive" in Inspera.

Group submission

See the instructions for the creation of groups under the section "Group delivery": https://support.inspera.com/hc/en-us/articles/360024019292-Group-delivery

Cover page templates

Cover pa​ge templates shall be used for candidate's, bachelor's and master's theses.

Thesis title in Studentweb

The thesis title for candidate's, bachelor's and master's theses shall be registered in Studentweb so that it appears on your diploma. This is done as follows:

  • Click the relevant course under "Upcoming Events"
  • Click "Edit"
  • Click "Show Thesis Title"
  • Enter the title in both fields – both in the original language (Norwegian) and English
  • Click "Save"

The deadline for the registration of a thesis title is normally until midnight on the same day as the deadline for submission.

Examinations and student records:

  • Bodø/Stokmarknes/Mo i Rana
    Tel: +47 75 51 71 10
  • Levanger
    Tel: +47 74 02 26 66
  • Namsos
    Tel: +47 74 21 23 00
  • Nesna
    Tel: +47 90 68 22 71
  • Steinkjer
    Tel: +47 94 50 89 54
  • Stjørdal
    Tel: +47 74 82 37 70

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