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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE THESIS SEMINAR

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Dr. Stanislav Chankov


University Lecturer in Supply Chain
Management

Department of Mathematics & Logistics


Agenda :

▪ How to work with literature?


▪ How to write the proposal?
▪ How to write academically?
Proposal

In order to get the thesis topic approved, the


student has to write a proposal in consultation
with the supervisor.










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Thesis Title

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Research Question




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Problem Description, Problem
Relevance

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Problem Description, Problem
Relevance

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Thesis Aims
Primary Purpose and Sub-Objectives

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Thesis Aims – Hierarchy

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Course of Research & Methodology



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Course of Research

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Agenda :

▪ How to work with literature?


▪ How to write the proposal?
▪ How to write academically?
Structure of the Actual Text


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Some Rules of Thumb

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How to write a Paragraph

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Agenda :

▪ How to work with literature?


▪ How to write the proposal?
▪ How to write academically?








































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Citation of external sources I
Quotations

▪ citations have footnotes (superscript + ongoing numbering)


▪ direct citations:
▪ accuracy in every letter
▪ changes indicated by brackets and “annotation of the author“
▪ left out letters indicated by “...“
▪ usually do not exceed 2-3 sentences
otherwise: indentation + single line spacing
▪ indirect citations:
▪ footnotes start with cf. (compare for)
▪ beginning and ending indicated
▪ if authors are mentioned by name → “small capitals“
▪ citation within citations indicated by apostrophes

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Citation of external sources II
Quotations

▪ original text has to be cited


▪ if the original text is not available, secondary literature can be
quoted
▪ indicate by ‘cited by‘
▪ data of original and second source included
▪ citations have to be used in the sense intended by the original
author

Every use of external intellectual property has to be


marked by the use of exact notations.

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Citation of external sources III
Footnotes

▪ separated from the text by a short line


▪ end with a full stop (.)
▪ if the quotation is from more than 1 page, use pp. (e.g. pp. 5-10.)
▪ “Harvard Style“
▪ recommended citation program → “RefWorks“
▪ -> www.jacobs-university.de/library/

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Citation of external sources IV
References for figures

▪ figures/tables are numbered according to appearance


▪ Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Figure 3, Table 2

▪ if the figure is from another author or adapted from another


source → reference is needed!

The designing of own figures or development of pre- exiting


ones is highly recommended.

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Citation of external sources V
List of references

▪ all sources (incl. cited sources) have to be listed


▪ the list can be split according to types (if useful)
▪ “Harvard Style“

Books:
Benton, W.C. 2007, Purchasing and supply management, McGraw-Hill
Irwin, Boston.
Articles from Journals:
Arnold, U. 1999, "Organization of global sourcing: ways towards an
optimal degree of centralization", European Journal of Purchasing &
Supply Management, vol. 5, no. 3-4, pp. 167-174.

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Avoid Plagiarism!

▪ Intentional or unintentional plagiarism is considered a violation


of the Code of Academic Integrity and can be penalized with:
▪ failing grade on the thesis
▪ suspension from the university
▪ expulsion from the university without the possibility of
readmission

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