AJL19800 Bachelor's Thesis Seminar I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Sid Roger H. Campé (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Alena Gašparovičová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Bc. Jana Hallová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Mariia Kokh (seminar tutor)
Abigail Mokra, M.A. et M.A. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Lenka Pospíšilová (seminar tutor)
doc. Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Bc. David Špetla (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Vargová, BA (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
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJL19800/01: No timetable has been entered into IS. D. Špetla
AJL19800/03: Mon 11. 12. 10:00–11:40 G22, 12:00–13:40 G11
AJL19800/04: Tue 17. 10. 16:00–17:40 B2.24, Tue 31. 10. 16:00–17:40 B2.24, Tue 7. 11. 16:00–17:40 B2.24, Tue 28. 11. 16:00–17:40 B2.24, Tue 12. 12. 16:00–17:40 B2.24, A. Gašparovičová
AJL19800/05: Wed 10:00–11:40 G22, except Wed 15. 11., M. Kokh
AJL19800/06: No timetable has been entered into IS. J. Hallová
AJL19800/07: each odd Wednesday 14:00–15:40 G12, V. Vargová
AJL19800/08: No timetable has been entered into IS.
Prerequisites (in Czech)
AJL11010 Practical English Exam && ( AJL01002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II ) && ! NOW ( AJL19850 Bachelor’s Thesis )
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
Course objectives
This course prepares students for writing their final theses. It involves biweekly meetings in small seminar groups. The syllabus below provides a rough guide to topics covered, but details, sequencing and specific assignments are worked out individually within each group. Contact the course professor for further information.
Learning outcomes
Students will refine and further develop their BA thesis proposals, will develop outlines and draft introductions for the eventual thesis, will draft and annotate a bibliography of sources, will master the rules of source citation and formatting and will understand and know how to avoid plagiarism, and will develop a plan and a timetable laying out specific stages for completing the thesis.
  • This is a model syllabus; the details of any given seminar group's activities and assignments will be determined by the group's instructor:
  • SESSIONS 1-2:
  • Knowing MU's / KAA's thesis rules and requirements
  • Organizing the thesis project
  • Mechanics (citation styles, MLA, bibliographies, etc.)
  • Plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it
  • SESSIONS 2-3:
  • Planning a research strategy
  • Finding sources; effective web-searching; using databases
  • SESSIONS 3-6: Narrowing and refining the thesis topic
  • Developing an outline and chapter structure
  • Writing an effective introduction
  • Effective organization and style
    required literature
  • Barker, Internet Research Illustrated, 7th ed.
  • Gerald and Cathy Graff, They Say / I Say
  • GIBALDI, Joseph. MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 6th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003, xviii, 361. ISBN 0873529863. info
    recommended literature
  • Lipson, How to Write a BA Thesis
  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Sixth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010, xviii, 272. ISBN 9781433805622. info
  • TURABIAN, Kate L. A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962, vii, 109. info
Teaching methods
Small-group seminars.
Assessment methods
Based on completion of assignments specific to the seminar group.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
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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Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2023, recent)
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