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Master thesis (60-70 pages)

2 parts: written and oral part

Written: 5 weeks preparation, 2 months studying  proved by tutors then
oral test (part 2): presenting and negotiating the research

look for potentials, never chose a topic where you are not interested in

development: rough idea  working subject

 collection of materials (open sense, input ideas from everywhere, copy articles, find adequate place
to put information)
-From random to guided selection
- Analysis of the working subject
- find a conclusion:
- systematic, understandable, combined
- separate applications (www, encyclopaedia)
- guided information from experts
- sources: notes, lectures, library
- citation:  start from the very beginning
- have to be indicated as such
- have to be direct
- have to be precise
- have to be to the purpose
- have to be prove by a source
- 2 citation methods: word-by-word and content-wise
1. Author: family name, first name
2. title
3. name and city of the publication
4. year of publishing (edition no.)
5. page no.
- brain storming (group, individual)
- tools: black board / paper, pen, topic
- rules: always take notes, no criticism
- structure:
- bring into an order
- organize and systemize ID
A) introduction (2-3 pages)
B) Main elaboration
a. Basic / main elements
b. Develop a theory: integration of complex materials
c. Thesis<>anti-thesis
d. Build synthesis
e. Application of theory and specific elements
C) Summary, Conclusion, perhaps outlook
- 1 chapter introduction
- 2 chapters principles
- 3-4 chapters core (start here!)  70% here
- 1 chapter conclusion

 goal: create a schedule for the master thesis (basic rough schedule)  tutor discussion
- discuss new aspects, critics
- optimizing the concept
- he must be interested in your topic
- he will try to help you, get out what is deeper in you
- he will ask questions, clarify any nebulosity
-Then you do the fine tuning
- result
- layout of the table of content

Pyramid principle: structure = top-down, written process = bottom-up

- you can start to write at any part of the pyramid

Grading of the master thesis depends on:

- own work
- interaction and creative use of other results and value on it

Scientific means: it can be checked, tested and re-tested

Content as simple and efficient as possible!

60-80 pages, Din A4, line distances =1,5 rows, font size: 12, font type = clear time
Marginal release: left side = 4cm, right side =2,5cm, upper side=2,5cm, bottom=3cm

Indications: monographics, articles in handbooks or periodicals, special indications, repetitive


A good theory is a model of: description, explanation, development, prediction, influencing

Structure of the master thesis:

Presentation strategies:

- make some pieces of papers

o every sheet has: main aspects and sub aspects (maximum: sub-sub aspect)
o never with complete sentences
o only key words
- eye contact change from one to another
- keywords for every chapter
- natural speech
- main aim is: to convince people
- tools:
o pictures, shapes, colours, verbalize and picturize, graphs, wide & clear
- do not read
- not too much small points
- body language and gesture (head moving)
- voice (no speeding in speaking, speak from inside with loud and clear voice)
- black board and chalk
- breaks (small interruptions are always good, breathing)
- make questions (when changing a chapter or introducing a new subject)

What is most important when the thesis is being graded?

- recognition of the subject

- logical all-over layout (table of contents)
- contents
- results
- homogeneity
- originality of the solutions / findings / explanations
- consistency and systematic of contents