AJL29800 Master's Thesis Seminar I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. et Mgr. Adéla Červenková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Filip Krajník, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Nikola Kupčíková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jana Pelclová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course takes the form of an electronic course and its objective is to prepare students for writing their final theses. The students work independently in the course, studying the methodology of research, quotation guiedlines, with the principles and formal aspects of academic writing as well as how to work with their secondary sources and how to avoid plagiarism.
Learning outcomes
Considering the formal aspects of writing a final thesis, students will learn how to: - outline the main area of their research interest - distinguish between primary and secondary sources - describe the linguistic, literary, cultural or social background of their research - articulate the main arguments and hypotheses - delineate the major research questions - work with quotation guidelines - work with their secondary sources and to avoid plagiarism - distinguish different types of plagiarism
  • 1.Preliminary thesis proposal
  • 2.Primary materials
  • 3.Plagiarism
  • 4. Secondary materials
  • 5. Annotated bibliography
  • 6. Final thesis proposal
    required literature
  • How to write a thesis. Edited by Rowena Murray. 3rd ed. Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill, 2011, xviii, 325. ISBN 9780335244294. info
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Sixth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010, xviii, 272. ISBN 9781433805622. info
  • BUI, Yvonne N. How to write a master's thesis. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2009, xviii, 300. ISBN 9781412957106. info
  • CLARK, Irene L. Writing the successful thesis and dissertation : entering the conversation. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 2007, xxvi, 212. ISBN 9780131735330. info
  • GIBALDI, Joseph. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 5th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1999, xviii, 332. ISBN 0-87352-975-8. info
Teaching methods
The course makes use of the methods of e-learning. Students work independently on 5 assignments listed in the syllabus of the course as well as sit 1 test on plagiarism. The teacher will provide the feedback to each assignment and will recommend the further steps in the students' writing and working with their sources.
Assessment methods
A fully on-line course. The credits are awarded for handing in all assignments in the course and getting at least 9 points of 12 in the test on plagiarism.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Spring 2024, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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