Bachelor-Masterseminar

The regulations about the BMS, valid since winter term 2014/2015, will be replaced from winter term 2016/2017 on by the following regulations.

The objective of these changes is to increase the scientific quality of the theses.  For this purpose, all students in the BMS have to give a talk about their thesis (as before) and have to exercise the research and evaluation of related work.

Procedure

  1. After agreeing on the topic of the thesis with the supervisor, the BMS-phase starts. Now, the student has to start with the literature research and –analysis. This phase should take a maximum of ten weeks. The supervisor has the possibility to shorten this period, if he/she considers it as appropriate. At the beginning, the supervisor informs the student about relevant sources for the literature research. Furthermore, both should agree about appropriate search parameters in order to give the student an impression about how to search.

  2. Within the first two weeks, the student has to send a list of related work to the supervisor. This gives the supervisor the possibility to convince him/herself about the quality of the selected literature as well as to provide further assistance if necessary.

  3. Within the period of ten weeks maximum, the student has to create a summary (5 – 12 pages) of the papers read. The number of these related work papers has to be ten at least. Furthermore, the summary should be written in the style of the “Related Work” chapter of our theses. In this summary, the student does not only have to give an overview about the papers. He/she should also elaborate the correlation between the papers read and his/her own work. Please note that in order to work out a high-quality “Related Work” chapter of a Bachelor's or Master's Thesis, it is in most cases essential to read, understand and describe more than these ten papers. However, this summary will serve as a good basis for the chapter.

    We provide a Latex Template for the summary: Template

  4. Upon completion of the summary, the student should send it to his/her supervisor who assesses the work and provides a review (where necessary) that includes necessary improvements. Additionally, the supervisor sets a date for the final submission of the summary.   
    For this final summary, the student receives a mark that contributes with 50% to the final grade of the BMS.

  5. In accordance with the past practice, the student gives a talk about his/her own work. This presentation is graded and it contributes the remaining 50% to the final grade of the BMS. For both, Bachelor- and Master thesis, the talk should be given at a time after completion of the practical phase and furthermore before starting to write down the thesis:

 

         Bachelor seminar:

 

  • Duration of the talk: 20 minutes; language of presentation: German or English.
  • The date has to be coordinated by the student with the secretariat of Prof. Krüger and the supervisor (and ideally also with the second examiner or his/her secretariat).
  • After that, the supervisor communicates the date to the members of the chair.

    Master seminar:

  • Duration of the talk: 30 minutes; language of presentation: English.
  • The date has to be coordinated by the student with the secretariat of Prof. Krüger and the supervisor (and ideally also with the second examiner or his/her secretariat).
  • After that, the supervisor communicates the date to the person in charge for the HCI-Stammtisch who announces the talk via the HCI mailing list. Currently, Frederic Kerber is responsible for the HCI Stammtisch.

 

 

Changes compared to the previous BMS

  • It is no longer necessary to attend the Stammtisch three times.
  • It is no longer necessary to register for the Stammtisch mailing list.
  • Now, a summary of the related work has to be submitted (in accordance with the regulations mentioned above).
  • The final grade for the BMS consists of two criteria: the presentation of the student’s own work and the summary of related work, both contribute 50%.