1403 Thesis Seminar: How to Write a Thesis
Univ.Prof. Dr. Anne d'Arcy, Ass.Prof. Dr. Otto Janschek
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
16.09.2019 bis 27.09.2019
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Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Donnerstag 10.10.2019 08:00 - 09:00 TC.2.02
Donnerstag 17.10.2019 13:00 - 17:00 D5.1.001
Freitag 18.10.2019 09:00 - 13:00 D5.1.001
Donnerstag 07.11.2019 08:30 - 12:30 D5.1.002
Mittwoch 18.12.2019 09:00 - 14:30 Ort nach Ankündigung
Donnerstag 19.12.2019 09:00 - 14:30 Ort nach Ankündigung

Inhalte der LV

Pre-course assignment

Read Bryman/Bell (2015), Ch 1-6. We expect you to be familiar with the core concepts from these chapters (quiz in the first unit).

Part 1:

Input lectures and discussion

- What is research?

- The importance of scientific analysis

- What is a research question and how is it identified?

- The research process

- The scientific discourse: presentation & publication of new ideas, research ethics

Part 2:

Methods and data: Elaborate the main methods used in empirical research (assignment 1, group presentations)

Part 3:

Assignment 2Learn from examples: Choose a paper and write a comment (individual assignment)

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

  • Students get a first rough idea of what is scientific research
  • Students understand the concept of a research question and how and why different research designs are used to answer certain research questions
  • Students can identify major steps in assessing a scientific paper and can develop a research question based on prior research papers and an adequate research design

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

≥ 80 % Attendance Requirement


Input presentations by instructors, individual assignments, group work.

Compulsory attendance for input lectures (part 1), for group presentations (part 2) and individual presentations (part 3). One to one consultation for the individual assignment (part 3) will be individually scheduled with the lecturers.


Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Pre-course-assignment/multiple-choice quiz: 10% Attention: For all four masters thesis courses, the quiz will take place on October 10, 2019, 8:00 a.m.

Group Assignment “Part 2”: 30%

Individual Assignment “Part 3”: 60%

For this course, only one of two grades (pass/fail) will be awarded.

A "pass" grade requires a minimum score of 50% for each assignment and 75% in total.

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

  • Writing skills

Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

Zuletzt bearbeitet: 19.06.2019