Master Thesis Seminar.

Goals

This seminar shall deliver guidance and feedback for students’ work on their Master Thesis, as a supplement to regular thesis supervision. It shall secure standards of scientific working, help in focussing research work, and shall provide advice in content related question. A special goal is to develop feedback skills and to enhance awareness of students in regard to potential problems through giving feedback to their peers.

Course-Id

590.003

Coordinator

Dr. Daniela Schrack

Further Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen
Dr. Julia Schmitt
Andres Alcayaga, MSc.
Ferdinand Revellio, MSc.

Cycle

Winter and Summer

Process and contents

The seminar is organized around short presentations (approximately 20 minutes) of the state of the students’ thesis work. Based on these presentations questions and feedback will be issued by others in the class. There are basically three types of presentations each student shall give:

  1. Exposé ideas: intended phenomenon to be studied, motivation and aim, research questions, first literature review, innovative content, preliminary conceptual frameworks, theory to be used, planned method, preliminary structure of master thesis                     
  2. Exposé draft: in addition to the revised contents of the first presentation, also, a more elaborated literature review, expected results and the final structure of the master thesis should be presented
  3. Intermediate results of master thesis: results of the literature review, first results and structured analyses, theory, conceptual framework (about 2/3 of the master thesis should be finalized)

Teaching Methods

  • Short presentations (approximately 20 minutes) of the state of the students’ thesis work, given by master thesis students
  • Additional theoretical input (short presentations) from the seminar lecturers about specific topics that will help students in developing and improving their master theses
  • Discussions and feedback: critical questioning, feedback and input from seminar instructors for further development, peer feedback from other master thesis students

Grading

  • Exposé presentation draft 1 (35%)
  • Written final exposé (35%)
  • Presentation of intermediate results (30%)

Compulsory attendance

Literature (Selection)
to be announced