FF:AJ49800 Bachelor's Thesis Seminar - Course Information
AJ49800 Bachelor's Thesis SeminarFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
- Mgr. Anna Mikyšková (seminar tutor)
Jeffrey Alan Smith, M.A., Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Šplíchalová (seminar tutor)
- Guaranteed by
- doc. PhDr. Jana Chamonikolasová, 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
- Prerequisites (in Czech)
- ( AJ41002 Practical English II || AJ01002 Practical English II ) && ! NOW ( AJ49850 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
- English Language and Literature (programme FF, B-FI)
- 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
- INDIVIDUAL "EXIT CONFERENCE" WITH THE INSTRUCTOR
- required literature
- Gerald and Cathy Graff, They Say / I Say
- Barker, Internet Research Illustrated, 7th ed.
- 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: The University of Chicago Press, 1962. vii, 109 s. 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)
- The course is taught each semester.
General note: This course is NOT designated for Erasmus students! List of courses offerd by the Department of English and American studies for Erasmsus students is available at http://www.phil.muni.cz/wkaa/ under "Information for Erasmus students".
- Listed among pre-requisites of other courses