For many academics, he is the first graduate in his studies: the BA. As exciting as it sounds to be able to write his thesis on a topic of his own choosing – finding a topic is a challenge that many students underestimate. In order to do this in a more structured and targeted way, we have picked out some tips for you here that can help you not lose track.
Sometimes it is a fruitful thing to keep in mind everything you have written so far. Topics that you have focused on during your studies should be looked at more closely and then selected which of these topics would be interesting for further study. You should use old essays and chores in order to get an overview and look at the documents from your lectures again. If possible, do not choose an area that is totally alien to you, but one that may have a personal connection to your bachelor thesis. This enormously increases the chance of successful processing.
If you have a potential, broadly-defined topic, you can make a detour to the library. Search for anything that might be related to your topic. During the sighting, you should try again and again to formulate questions that could possibly serve as a guide for your work. Collect as much as you can. You will see, the more literature you find, the faster you get to be able to formulate a specific question.
The key question on the topic
Your work should be written under a key question. This key question concretizes for you what should happen in the work or what happened to the reader later by your hand.
Literary review, the second
With your lead question, you should go back to the library. In this step, you are now looking for concrete texts that can handle your question and be valuable for your bibliography. After collecting, you should record all the ideas you have about your question in connection with the texts you have read. Perhaps you can use these ideas to further concretize or even change the question. Your key question should ask you the following questions:
- Is the answer useful or why should the key question be answered?
- Is she understandable?
- Are there any works that answer this question and if so, can they be consulted on the sources?
- Are there enough sources?
- Is it even possible to answer this question in the context of a bachelor thesis?
Structure your approach in an outline. That is, write down everything in the order you think it should be in the work. At least go like this:
- Introduction – topic, author, question, methodical approach, short overview.
- Main part – theses, arguments, treat the subject and come to a conclusion that answers the key question.
- Conclusion – Explicitly relate the results of your research to the lead question. Recap important.
- Research Overview – Keep an eye on the research situation on your topic.
The creation of this structure helps enormously to get a first impression what to expect. During the writing process, you may lose your orientation. Then it is pleasant to know that one has only to follow this pattern.
The problem with the sources
Like a housework, you have to prove your theses. You need sources. These should be absolutely trustworthy – preferably from the research. It is important to note that you do not use read issues. In science it is necessary to work with scientific writings. Great care should be taken when using internet sources. The use of these should be discussed with your supervisor. You should also avoid works that come from you personally. To cite your own works, you should definitely talk to the supervisor.
As a rule, the scope of your work is determined by the examination office. This means that you can expect a margin of about 15-60 pages. It is important to be able to answer the key question of the thesis within the given volume, so it must always be taken into consideration when choosing a topic how much can be written. The exact scope depends on the field of study and is defined in pages or the word or number of characters.
To go for it
In Germany it is necessary that you get a supervisor for the bachelor thesis. That’s actually the lecturer under whose supervision you deal with the bachelor thesis. His role is very important, because he helps with problems, takes influence when you run the risk of making gross mistakes and helps with the evaluation of the literature. Incidentally, it is also possible to ask him for a suggested topic if you have absolutely no ideas. As a rule, however, lecturers and students find a solution together. It’s quite possible that your supervisor may recommend that you discard or restructure your outline. Be sure to consider the hints given to you so that the work can successfully complete your studies. It is definitely an advantage if you already have the outline of a possible topic before you look for a supervisor. If you have decided on a lecturer and gave it an OK to edit the topic, you can register your bachelor exam. This usually happens at the respective examination office at your university. The following things are necessary for the registration:
Sufficient credit points.
All evidence is provided.
A supervisor and a topic are chosen.