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Bachelor and Master Thesis

This website gives an overview and information on how to write a bachelor or master thesis in our group. Some additional information provided by the institute can be found bachelor here and master here.

Procedure overview

  1. If the general topic is approved we meet to discuss the details and determine the second examiner (Prof. Mutzel is the first examiner). Usually, you will be additionally advised by a member of the team.
  2. Next, you write a short exposé (a latex template will be provided by us) in which you describe what the thesis will contain. The exposé should contain
    1. the title of the thesis
    2. a very brief introduction of the topic (including references to the most relevant literature)
    3. the goals of the thesis
    4. the brief description of the ideas about how the goals can be achieved
    5. a first outline of the structure of the thesis (optional)
  3. After you handed in the exposé you can officially start. To this end, you need to fill out the registration form which will be provided to you at this point. After you and the examiners signed the form and it is sent to the examination office the due date will be available on the basis website.
  4. If you are writing a master thesis, you need to do an introduction presentation, see below for details.
  5. During your time writing your thesis you have to regularly attend the mandatory bachelor master seminar. Please check for new dates regularly. They can be found here.
  6. After finishing your thesis, you hand it in at the examination office. We as a chair are not involved in this final step. Check the institutes website for information. The examination office will send your thesis to your examiners.
  7. Shortly after handing in, you can do your final presentation, see below for details.

FAQ

- Do I have to register in BASIS for anything? : You do not have to register in BASIS for thesis related modules: Neither for the thesis itself nor for the seminar. The thesis will appear automatically in your records after the registration form got processed (your second examiner might not be displayed, this is normal).

- Do I have to hand in code? : As long as you use the git-repo supplied by us, there is no need for you to submit your code in any additional form with your thesis.

Introduction talk and final presentation

For bachelor thesis:

  1. Only a final presentation of 30 minutes + 15 minutes discussion and questions

For master thesis:

  1. Introduction talk of 30 minutes + 15 minutes discussion, and
  2. A final presentation of 45 minutes + 15 minutes discussion and questions

After discussing the date for your presentation, your advisor will add it to our schedule.

Tips for the presentation
  • Put the right amount of content on each slide. On average about one slide per 1.5 to 2 minutes talk.
  • Use examples and figures to explain complicated content.
  • Use colors for highlighting.
  • Train your presentation. It's a good idea to present to, e.g., a friend.
  • Read and follow the more detailed guidelines here.

Template for the thesis

Your advisor will provide you a latex template.

For bibliography guidelines see here.

Checklist for your thesis

All of the below do influence the final grade. (The list is still incomplete.)

  • Spellcheck your thesis (eg. Duden or grammerly) and/or use a spell checker in your latex editor.
  • Double check your grammar
  • Use precise wording and no informal speech
  • Write in passive (or use the scientific “we”) and prevent the first person perspective: “I” (resp. “ich”)
  • Structure your thesis, each chapter and each section in a good and reasonable manner. Write short introductions for each chapter / section.
teaching/thesis.txt · Last modified: 2022/08/24 13:57 by christine.dahn

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