AJ49800 Bachelor's Thesis Seminar

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
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
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
  • 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
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2005, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2020, recent)
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