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Guidelines for Bachelor/Master Theses

This sheet contains the most important information for students that have been accepted for writing a thesis at our institute. If there are any open questions not answered here, please consult your supervisor.

General Information

Please read the following link of the computer science department for details regarding the registration and submission as well as the formal requirements of the thesis: Hinweise für Studierende für Abschlussarbeiten, please also look at the Formvorgaben für Abschlussarbeiten.

Below, you find additional information about specifics at our institute. We do not repeat information from the link above.

Formal Procedure

  • Registration:
    • Our secretary needs some data from you to prepare the thesis contract. Please send, as early as possible, the following data via email to our secretary: address, phone number, e-mail address, matrikelnummer, and course of study
    • For the contract, we also need a short summary of your topic/task and a working title for the thesis (the title must be both in English and German. It can still be changed while working on the thesis). Your supervisor might ask you to prepare a first draft of the title and the summary which will then be edited.
    • Once the contract has been prepared, you can schedule a meeting with our secretary for formally registering the thesis. You need to bring the prepared registration form as mentioned in steps 3 and 4 of the link above (in step 4, you need to enter your working title in the field “Thema”. If you do not know your working title, ask your supervisor). Our secretary will then guide you through the following process starting with step 5.
  • While working on the thesis:
    • If you have any questions (e.g., regarding the structure and contents of the thesis) or you encounter problems that you cannot solve yourself, contact your supervisor. We will usually not initiate meetings ourselves; instead, students are responsible for scheduling meetings as they need them. We encourage you to get feedback from your supervisor on a regular basis.
  • Submission:
    • You are required to submit 4 copies of your thesis (unless specified otherwise in the contract) plus two separate copies of the title page.
  • After the submission:
    • Depending on your course of study, you might have to give a presentation that presents/summarizes your thesis (see below).
    • Contact your supervisor after the submission of the thesis to schedule the presentation. You should also tell him your course of study such that an appropriate length of the presentation can be determined.

Form of the Thesis

  • You have to write your thesis in LaTeX using the template from https://github.com/latextemplates/scientific-thesis-template.1)
  • Keep the form requirements from the computer science department in mind (see link at the top). The template should already meet those by default.
  • There is no fixed page count or limit. The number of pages strongly depends on the specific topic of the thesis.
  • You can write the thesis in German or in English. If you write in German, do not translate technical terms; use the English version for those.
  • Use a numerical-only bibliography style, e.g., plainnat.

Presentation After the Submission

  • In most cases, the length of the presentation is 30 minutes. After your presentation the audience will ask some questions about your thesis.
  • The presentation is not graded separately, but will influence the final grade of the thesis.
  • There is no mandatory template for presentation slides.
  • Please follow the advice for good presentations from our seminars. If you did not attend one of our seminars, ask your supervisor.
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Have a look at the documentation before using it – the template has a lot of options.