Guidelines for the Bachelor Thesis
Within the framework of the main course of study, a Bachelor's thesis is to be written to the extent of 8 ECTS. Students should prove that they are able to work on a topic independently. They receive the tools for this in the courses "Fundamentals of Scientific Work" and "Research Methods".
The bachelor thesis belongs to the part of the main program (major). The following prerequisites apply to the assessment of the bachelor thesis:
Successful completion of the introductory and orientation phase
Completion of all business administration courses of the CBK as well as the continuous assessment course "statistics"
Passing of the course "Foundations of a Scientific or Legal Thesis" or "Methods of Research"
In principle, it is possible to write the bachelor thesis at the same time as attending the fundamentals course (i.e. in the same semester), but it is recommended to begin after its successful completion.
Choice of Topic and Scope
The topic of the bachelor thesis may be from a compulsory or elective subject of the curriculum. You can either propose a topic yourself or choose from several topic proposals on the part of the supervisor or the academic units. Empirical surveys can be part of a bachelor thesis. To this end you may use a survey. However, make sure that its scope does not exceed the scope of a bachelor thesis. You will be awarded 8 ECTS credits for the bachelor thesis. The workload for writing the bachelor thesis is estimated at around 200 working hours, i.e. about 25 full-time working days.
Joint writing by two or more students is only permissible if the individual performances of each student is clearly identifiable and may be assessed separately. The workload increases accordingly depending on the number of students working on the thesis. If the bachelor thesis is to be submitted within the framework of a course in which a written paper (e.g. seminar paper) is to be submitted. Then it may be possible to write a Bachelor thesis based on the previous paper. Nevertheless it is required that there is a clear discernible difference and that your supervisor agrees to this end. In the case of so-called self-plagiarism (reuse of a work you have written yourself), please note that you must cite yourself. However, it is not possible to shorten a diploma or master thesis and submit it as a bachelor thesis, because in this case there is no or only a very small amount of work involved.
All academic WU staff members who have completed their doctoral/PhD studies are eligible for supervision, regardless of whether or not they are teaching a course in the respective semester. For up-to-date information on possible supervisors, please contact the academic units directly.
In the course of writing your bachelor's thesis, you should contact your supervisor several times (as a guideline, at least four supervisory contacts are considered) to discuss the progress of the thesis and to clarify any questions/problems.
The supervision of bachelor theses by teachers from other educational institutions is only possible with special permission from the Vice Rectorate for Academic Affairs (request by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org). The recognition of a bachelor thesis (written at another university in Austria or abroad) is not permissible.
The following criteria are assessed in a bachelor's thesis::
|Content evaluation criteria||Formal evaluation criteria|
|Achievement of set out objective (answering the research question)||Completeness of the thesis (cover sheet, table of contents and bibliography, if applicable list of tables and figures, appendix)|
|Independence of thought (developing and arguing one's own point of view)||Clarity of the paper (structure, chapter organization)|
|Clear argumentation, logical structure (coherence)||Linguistic and orthographic correctness|
|Use of technical terms and selection of literature||Correct use of sources|
|If applicable, empirical insight (knowledge and use of methods, evaluation and interpretation of results)||Adherence to the rules of citation|
Information on how to write a thesis (from brainstorming to research to correct citation) can be found in the Student Support Area on LEARN. All information on submitting the bachelor thesis as well as the required forms can be found in the Bachelor Guide.