A student can claim that his/her thesis project is harder than other students, but this is not true. All design thesis projects have their own challenges and need to rise to those particular challenges.
Identifying the problem and testing the project on site is a crucial process to be done. It should have been done in the first semester.
In the second semester, the design thesis project is about the special studies. Why do we call that phase which is the development of the project, special studies?
Actually some design thesis have specific developments needed or a specific area to explore, and some design thesis is just about the concept and everything plan, section, elevation and details are the special studies. So special studies is not just one or two or three things. It could be about everything.