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How to Write a Thesis

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Next Kickoff

The next kickoff workshop will take place in April. This will be the singular opportunity to sign up for a thesis topic in the summer semester.

Detailed information will follow shortly!

General Hints

Study carefully the guidelines summarized on https://www.wu.ac.at/orgstudies/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.

Formatting

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 ThesisTemplateInformationBusiness.zip.

  • Please add the declaration of authorship to your thesis

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Prerequisites

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:

Grading

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

Overview- please scroll down for details

Step

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 backoffice@ai.wu.ac.at 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.

Honors

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.