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Academic writing

When re­quired to do writ­ten work at WU, stu­dents can ex­pect

  • course in­struct­ors to in­dic­ate clearly what the assign­ment en­tails, and when it is due. This in­cludes re­quire­ments with regard to con­tent, qual­ity and form of the work.

  • in­struct­ors to be avail­able on a reg­u­lar basis (e.g. dur­ing sched­uled of­fice hours) to dis­cuss the stu­dents’ pro­gress, answer ques­tions and of­fer guid­ance.

  • WU to sup­port them in vari­ous ways (e.g. by of­fer­ing courses in aca­demic writ­ing and ex­er­cise courses, by provid­ing in­form­a­tion ma­ter­ial, etc.).

  • the evalu­ation of writ­ten course work within the reg­u­lar period (bach­elor theses within one month, mas­ter theses within two months and dis­ser­ta­tions within four months of sub­mis­sion). Stu­dents get feed­back on the qual­ity of the work, and how this is re­flec­ted in the grade. The evalu­ation pro­cess of all theses in­cludes a pla­gi­ar­ism check.

WU ex­pects you to

  • show ini­ti­at­ive when look­ing for su­per­visors and suit­able top­ics for your work, and take an act­ive role in mak­ing the ne­ces­sary con­tacts.

  • en­deavor to make good pro­gress with your work and keep in reg­u­lar con­tact with your su­per­visor(s) to make sure you are still on track and to dis­cuss fur­ther steps.

  • write all the pa­pers you sub­mit in the course of your stud­ies your­self, without us­ing any un­au­thor­ized re­sources. Use cor­rect cit­a­tion, in­dic­at­ing the source of any con­tent taken dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly from other pub­lic­a­tions or the In­ter­net.

  • only hand in work for grad­ing that ful­fills the pre-defined stand­ards with regard to con­tent, qual­ity and form, thus ful­filling the aca­demic stand­ards set by WU. All theses have to be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­ic­ally on Learn@WU.

Fur­ther in­form­a­tion

Guidelines Bach­elor's Thesis

Guidelines Mas­ter's Thesis