What makes a good bachelor thesis

Tips for writing the bachelor thesis (Dr. Uecker and others)

The bachelor thesis

1) Formalities

The formalities of a bachelor thesis are an important introduction to the bachelor thesis. You have to find a topic that is important to you. Only then will you have enough breath to get through this phase in your life. You can either look for the supervisor first, some professors have special fields in which you feel comfortable, or you have a topic, then you have to look for the right professor who is interested in your topic. In addition, the supervisor should have a reputation for taking good care of the students. It is of no use if the professor says to you: Then do it! Such a statement may strengthen your ego, you think, wow, he trusts me to cope on my own, but in most cases you are just left with it.

After the topic and the supervisor have been found, you have to ask for the formalities such as page number, structure of the paper and the citation. Likewise, the points: Submission of the topic and deadline must be clarified. Every university, every technical college and actually every department has its own specifications. Unfortunately, there are currently no generally applicable formal criteria. So please ask.

2) question

You should do a thorough literature research long before you submit the topic. Only then will it be found out whether there is enough literature on the topic as you imagined it or whether you might have to change the topic. The core of a bachelor thesis is and remains the question. If you formulate the question carefully on 1 page, then you have a very good introduction to your bachelor thesis.

The word question is quite misleading, because actually there is no question in the question. The questions in the question are not presented as questions, but rather as hypotheses. A hypothesis already includes your own opinion. Assuming you are infatuated with dogs and find that every elementary school class needs a dog to encourage the students in their social behavior and concentration, then your question would be: Do dogs make sense in a class? In the question, however, you would immediately formulate a hypothesis from it. Dogs support students in their social behavior. In a scientific work, all the pros and cons must be presented, compared and weighed with one another so that you can answer your question at the end. The discussion about for and against arguments is not only part of the question in the introduction, but must also be carried out in each individual chapter. In the case of important statements in support of your hypothesis, you must also name the important counter-arguments and refute them with your arguments. To support your arguments, you have to research and read a lot of literature in order to be able to present your arguments conclusively.

It is also part of the question that you decide on a method. Are you doing a literature study, interviews, or maybe both? Perhaps the natural scientists do research in the laboratory or in the clinic? As the last aspect in the question, you should reveal your sources. Of course you don't have to name every article, but z. B. Period and type of source: Annual reports of the DAX companies from the last 10 years. With this you allow a transparency that makes it possible for the interested reader to judge your point of view. The following aspects belong to a question:

  • Personal interest (optional)
  • Assumption (hypothesis) - your opinion
  • Pros and cons of the topic
  • Justification of your opinion
  • Method (literature, interviews, experiments)
  • Sources and source criticism

4) Outline

The structure results from the question, whereby the structure 1) hypothesis, 2) arguments (for and against discuss) and 3) conclusion is adhered to in many of the structures. The order can vary, there can also be several arguments at the beginning of the text from which the thesis is formed. If there are two lines of argument, two theses can be derived from them. At the end there are again the conclusions from thesis 1 and thesis 2.

5) time management

Now we can actually start. Time management makes sense. The most effective way of working is to find literature for each chapter and write the chapter. Please write the chapters one by one and then put the literature, the notes and the whole roughly completed chapter aside. It is really advisable to work through the structure from the first to the last point. Some chapters will work faster, others will take a little longer.

Please take your calendar to hand and set the individual phases with a date. The bachelor thesis is expected to take 12 weeks to complete. When you have submitted the topic, the clock is running. First of all, counting backwards from the submission date, you should block a week as a buffer, another week for proofreading, printing and binding, and another 4 weeks for the revision phase. You should use the remaining weeks and days to write the chapters. Think about how much time you need for the individual chapters and enter this period of time in the calendar.

Here's another tip: Please do the revision of the chapters in the 4 weeks that you have reserved for it. Please do not revise every single chapter after you have finished it. That costs time and effort unnecessarily.