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How to Write a Thesis

Next Kick­off

The next kick­off work­shop will take place on Monday 22 Oc­to­ber (5:00 pm, TC.4.03). This will be the sin­gu­lar op­por­tun­ity to sign up for a thesis topic in the win­ter semester.

De­tailed in­form­a­tion will fol­low shortly!

Gen­eral Hints

Study care­fully the guidelines sum­mar­ized on ht­tps://­ies/teach­ing/theses/ . Fur­ther­more, we ex­pect that you to:

  • Pro­act­ively man­age the re­search and writ­ing pro­cess and

  • Provide your su­per­visor meet­ing minutes after con­sulta­tions via email on the same day.


The same format­ting rules ap­ply for the thesis, which are also used for the re­search sem­inar of the SBWL In­form­a­tion­swirtschaft:

  • The thesis has to be writ­ten us­ing the provided Latex tem­plate.

  • A bach­elor thesis has a page limit of 40 pages text (not in­clud­ing cover, table of con­tent, refer­ences, ap­pen­dices).

  • A mas­ter thesis has a page limit of 80 pages text (not in­clud­ing cover, table of con­tent, refer­ences, ap­pen­dices).

  • The norm­at­ive tem­plate for writ­ing a thesis is avail­able in Thes­isTem­plateIn­form­a­tion­Busi­

  • Please add the de­clar­a­tion of au­thor­ship to your thesis




The can­did­ate is ex­pec­ted to be fa­mil­iar with the gen­eral rules of writ­ing a scien­ti­fic pa­per and with the con­tents of the Re­search Sem­inar as part of the SBWL In­form­a­tion­swirtschaft. These rules are, for in­stance, presen­ted in the lec­ture “Forschungs­meth­oden in der Wirtschaftsin­form­atik und im Op­er­a­tions Man­age­ment” and fur­ther sum­mar­ized in the fol­low­ing read­ings:


The grad­ing of the thesis takes vari­ous cri­teria into ac­count, re­lat­ing both to the thesis as a pro­duct and the pro­cess of es­tab­lish­ing its con­tent. These in­clude, but are not lim­ited to:

  • Cor­rect­ness of spelling and gram­mar

  • Aes­thetic ap­peal of doc­u­ment and fig­ures

  • Com­pli­ance with formal rules

  • Ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of thesis struc­ture

  • Cov­er­age of rel­ev­ant lit­er­at­ure

  • Ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of re­search ques­tion and method

  • Di­li­gence of own re­search work

  • Sig­ni­fic­ance of re­search res­ults

  • Punc­tu­al­ity of work pro­gress

  • Pro­act­ive­ness of hand­ling re­search pro­gress

Steps of Writ­ing a Thesis

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Sum­mer Semester

Win­ter Semester

1)      In­sti­tute an­nounces top­ics

13 April

16 Oc­to­ber

2)      Stu­dents ex­press in­terest in spe­cific topic

20 April, 12:00

22 Oc­to­ber

3)      Kick­off work­shop, stu­dents are assigned to top­ics and su­per­visors

Last week of April

Last week of Oc­to­ber

4)      Sub­mis­sion of re­search pro­posal via email to su­per­visor

30 May

30 Novem­ber

5)      If pro­posal is graded as „passed“, stu­dents are in­vited to con­sulta­tion with su­per­visor

First week of June

First week of Decem­ber

6)      Stu­dent sends email up­date on work pro­gress

Mid July

Mid Janu­ary

7)      Stu­dent sends email up­date on work pro­gress

Mid August

Mid Feb­ru­ary

8)      Stu­dent presents res­ults to su­per­visor

Last week of Septem­ber

Last week of March

9)      Stu­dent sub­mits the thesis via Pla­gi­ar­ism Check on the Learn sys­tem.

15 Oc­to­ber

15 April

10)      Su­per­visor enters grade in LPIS sys­tem

30 Oc­to­ber

30 April

De­tails on steps:

Step 1)
It is possible that stu­dents pro­pose top­ics them­selves be­fore the dead­line. Such pro­pos­als can be ac­cep­ted if a clear re­search ques­tion can be for­mu­lated for the topic and it is feas­ible to ap­ply a suit­able re­search method. The stu­dent is no­ti­fied of ac­cept­ance or re­jec­tion.

Step 2)
Ex­press your in­terest by send­ing an email to back­of­ men­tion­ing the top­ics you are in­ter­ested in plus a para­graph ex­plain­ing what po­ten­tially qual­i­fies you for this topic. As at­tach­ment, in­clude a single PDF file with the file name
„<stu­dent-ID>_<fam­ily-­name>_<top­ic-no>.PDF“, which con­tains both a CV and re­cent Sam­melzeugnis.

Note that it is al­lowed to ex­press in­terest for more than one topic (as a list ordered by pref­er­ence), but in such cases a sep­ar­ate mo­tiv­a­tion para­graph for each topic needs to be provided.

Step 3)
Stu­dents will be assigned to top­ics based on their in­terest and their prior know­ledge in rel­ev­ant areas.

Step 4)
The re­search pro­posal is a 10 page doc­u­ment format­ted ac­cord­ing to thesis tem­plate which in­cludes the fol­low­ing parts:

1)      Work­ing title,

2)      Mo­tiv­a­tion of re­search prob­lem and re­search ques­tion,

3)      Sum­mary of back­ground lit­er­at­ure and state of the art solu­tions,

4)      Pro­posed re­search method,

5)      Out­line of thesis,

6)      Pre­lim­in­ary lit­er­at­ure list,

7)      Work plan in­clud­ing mile­stones.

Stu­dents have to pass the re­search pro­posal evalu­ation in order to be fur­ther su­per­vised.

Step 5)
If the evalu­ation of the re­search pro­posal is pos­it­ive, the stu­dent is in­vited for con­sulta­tions. The stu­dent will re­ceive feed­back on the back­ground sec­tion and re­search ques­tion, on the work pro­gress and fur­ther ex­pect­a­tions, and on the defin­i­tion of fur­ther ob­ject­ives. Fur­ther in­ter­me­di­ate meet­ings with the su­per­visor may be agreed upon in these con­sulta­tions, de­pend­ing on the mile­stones and work plan.

Step 6)

Stu­dent sends email up­date on work pro­gress

Step 7)

Stu­dent sends email up­date on work pro­gress

Step 8)
The stu­dent pre­pares a present­a­tion of 20 minutes and agrees with the su­per­visor on an ap­point­ment where the present­a­tion is shown and dis­cussed. The stu­dent will re­ceive fi­nal feed­back.

Step 9)

The stu­dent sub­mits the thesis:

a) via Pla­gi­ar­ism Check on the Learn@WU sys­tem

b) via mail to the su­per­visor in a single zip file, in­clud­ing the LaTeX sources files.

c) if pro­gramme code was developed dur­ing the thesis, make it avail­able as well along with a small README file ex­plain­ing how to run the code as well as sys­tem re­quire­ments.

Step 10) The su­per­visor will grade the thesis within two weeks time and en­ter the grade in the LPIS sys­tem.

Note that stu­dents who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted Step 4) are al­lowed to com­plete/sub­mit any of the fol­low­ing Steps be­fore the dead­line (upon in­di­vidual agree­ment with the Su­per­visor); however, if the dead­lines after Step 4) are missed, we re­serve the right to re-assign the topic to an­other stu­dent.


Each semester, we will an­nounce a best bach­elor and best mas­ter thesis award. We will nom­in­ate this thesis for the TAL­ENTA award can­did­ates of our de­part­ment.