2.1 Assignment of topics
Every professor, but also every PhD researcher of the Institute of Computer Science who has already taught independently (not only exercises), can assign a topic as a supervisor. Topic suggestions of the student can be taken into account. The student first searches for a supervisor (e.g. in the office hours of lecturers or before or after lectures) and then registers at the examination office before starting the work (without specifying a topic, but with the assignment of a supervisor). This countersigned registration identifies the student as someone who can begin a Bachelor thesis.
After an informal agreement on a topic, the student draws up a work plan in consultation with the supervisor. For this phase about 1 month of part-time work (3 ECTS points) is allocated. For the work plan, the topic should therefore have been already researched in adequate depth. Also, the subsequent work should have been carefully planned. The result ("proposal") should adequately represent this activity by the depth of content and completeness of the considered aspects. It should contain the following elements: Description of the task to be worked on, motivation of the work, explicit formulation of the objective, description of the work to be carried out in order to achieve the desired goals. Additionally, an appropriate timeframe plan, as well as an outline of a preliminary structure of the written work must be included. If the candidate and the supervisor agree on the work plan, the formal application can be made.
The level of the bachelor thesis is aligned with the study contents up to the 5th semester. The required knowledge and its research methods should be clarified before the thesis is green lit.
The supervisor will ensure that the Bachelor thesis can be completed in the intended time. He or she will be available for consultation during the entire period of work and will check the progress of the thesis at regular intervals. If problems arise, he/she will intervene and act as a guide if it turns out that the topic cannot be completed in the intended form or if there is a risk that the completion time specified in the examination regulations will be exceeded.
The supervisor will provide assistance with the written work well in advance of the submission date. Any deficiencies related to the work will be pointed out.
The student is also entitled to support for the presentation. The supervisor advises on the selection of suitable presentation materials and will point out any frequently made mistakes. He/she should offer the possibility of a shortened practise presentation. It could be the case that this may turn out to be a suitably comprehensive presentation and therefore be the graded presentation (the evaluation of the presentation will be included in the evaluation of the Bachelor thesis).
The prepared work plan is a formal requirement for registration at the Examinations Office. It must be countersigned by the supervisor and submitted to the Examinations Office for approval together with the application for a Bachelor thesis supplemented by the chosen topic title and the start date of the timeframe. An estimated project time of five months is allocated and runs from the date entered on the application. When agreeing on the planned duration, the one-month working time on the work planning must be taken into account accordingly. The Bachelor thesis is scheduled with a workload of 9 weeks of full-time work, which corresponds approximately to 50% part-time work over 5 months. This is about half of the time required for a Master thesis. The date of submission and the determination of the start of the official working time are documented by the supervisor on the registration form and forwarded to the examination secretariat. After a short time, the candidate will receive written notification from the Examinations Office of the resulting responsibilities.
The topic can be changed once only and within the first month after the start date.
2.4 Written work
The written paper is the main representation of the work done. It documents the results of the work and the handling of problems that may have arisen. The Bachelor thesis is to be written in the style of a scientific paper. This includes in particular a summary, a structure and a list of the literature used in the thesis. If implemented in the framework of the thesis, the structure, working method and interfaces should be described precisely. Integration of software documents in the paper is not necessary. However, the software system including source code should be made available to the supervisor for review. In addition to the submission in paper form, the written paper should be made available to the supervisor in electronic form in a common format (PDF).
2.5 Oral presentation
In the oral presentation, the student should present the main content of the work in a session of about 20 to 30 minutes. The student should demonstrate the ability to work on technical topics and to present such topics in an understandable way. After the presentation, the student will be informed about his or her strengths and weaknesses and will be given suggestions for improvement.
The candidate commits to keeping a copy of the paper accessible at all times for at least 5 years after submission of the paper. The Computer Science Department or the University does not archive a submitted and accepted Bachelor thesis.