Course: Master's Thesis Workshop

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Course title Master's Thesis Workshop
Course code KEK/MDSEM
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Siviček Tomáš, Ing. PhD.
  • Šťastný Daniel, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Jílková Jiřina, prof. Ing. CSc.
Course content
A1. Summary of principles of academic writing (Week 1) Methodology of social science. Methodology vs. method. Qualitative and quantitative approach. Academic writing step-by-step. Formal and substantive dimension of academic texts. Classification and attributes of academic texts. The process of writing a thesis, setting up a schedule. 2. Thesis Project A) Thesis goals (Week 3) Defining the research question, hypotheses, typical mistakes. B) Literature review (Week 5) Theoretical foundations of a thesis. Working with academic books, journals and electronic information resources. Application of citation norms and the use of bibliographic records. Ethical principles and standards of academic work. C) Methods (Week 7) Defining the method to achieve goals. Data collection (survey, observation, experiment). Working with data. Descriptive statistics. Data analysis. Indices. Correct data interpretation. Formulating the outcomes. 3. From Project to Thesis Finishing the project. Abstract and its purport. Thesis structure. Chapter and subchapter organization. Importance and peculiarities of Introduction and Conclusion. Text coherence. Substance and types of coherence, development of thematic line, thematic order, composition. Academic presentation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 13 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 39 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course objective is to make students acquainted with general principles of research writing, with methodological approaches in social sciences, with principles of working with references and with way of presenting research. The course outcome is a research project for students's master's theses.
After completing the course students will be able to: - define and describe appropriate, specific and achievable goal of their research; - select necessary methods for achieving the defined goals and apply them properly; - properly interpret results, their limits and application; - properly structure their work; - adequately work with scholarly resources; - present their project intelligibly and concisely to others.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminars take place in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th week of classes of the semester (always 2 x 90 min, altogether 10 sections), projects are defended in front of a committee since week 12 (weeks 10 and 11 reserved for further cooperation with advisors and project finalization). Students work continuously during the semester. Cooperating with their thesis advisors (or the seminar teacher), they gradually work up and submit 3 key components of their projects: A. Goals: by the end of Week 4 B. Literature review: by the end of Week 6 C. Methods: by the end of Week 8 Student submit these texts cummulatively (A first, A+B then and finally A+B+C) as it is possible that e.g. A will have to be adjusted in the course of developing B or C. A complete A+B+C in Week 8 will constitute the core of the project of the given student. This will be only complemented by some additional items (abstract, applications etc.) and submitted as a complete project by the end of Week 11. Students will be assessed on the basis of attendance by the seminar teacher, intermediate assignment (A, B and C) by their advisors and the defense by the committee with points in the following ranges: Seminar attendance (1 point per section) 0-10 pts Assessment of A 0-10 pts Assessment of B (A+B) 0-10 pts Assessment of C (A+B+C) 0-10 pts Project defense 0-60 pts Assessment of A, B and C always takes place after respective deadlines, missing a particular deadline means giving up the opportunity of earning any points at that stage. Students are in such cases assumed to submit the missed assignment along with the next one (when A is missed, it will be submitted with B, etc.), otherwise they give up yet again the opportunity of earning any points (submission of B without A would earn 0 points). Projects are defended in front of a committee consisting of representatives of at least 3 departments. During defenses, the committee is supposed to ensure students leave informed about defficiencies of their project, in case of an unsuccessful defense students are entitled to a written summary of such defficiencies. Grading scale: Excellent (1): 90-100 pts Very Good (2): 75-89 pts Good (3): 60-74 pts Insufficient (4): 0-59 pts
Recommended literature
  • ČESAL, J., LIŠKA, V. Vědecké psaní a prezentace. Praha: Professional Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-80-86946-30-6..
  • ECO, Umberto. Jak napsat diplomovou práci. Olomouc, 1997.
  • ŠIROKÝ, J. Tvoříme a publikujeme odborné texty. Brno: Computer Press, 2011. ISBN 978-80-251-3510-5..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Economics and Management (A) Economy 1 Summer