Grisha Blog - February 16, 2017

Writing guide

“You are free to choose the topic of your bachelor thesis.” This is the standard at most German universities if you are looking for a topic for your bachelor thesis. But that statement probably will not help you. On the contrary, you are more likely to fall into a mess, because topics for bachelor theses are like sand on the sea. Each topic is interesting in its own way and in principle suitable for a bachelor thesis. Therefore, it is necessary to make a selection. The best starting point is always your personal interest. Paired with existing knowledge, this interest in topic search brings you a good deal forward.

First question: On which topic do I feel like writing the bachelor thesis?

The selection process

Once the framework conditions “desire” and “knowledge” have been determined, you will take the next steps on the subject of the bachelor thesis deeper into the scientific topic. Think of a computer game. Each player starts at the first level, and the more tasks that are solved, the higher the level he achieves. You have made the first step in choosing the topic of your bachelor thesis by choosing your studies. You have z. For example, they have already decided to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business education and not in communications. So you can already leave the Level 1. In addition, you now know that certain subjects during the entire bachelor’s degree program are of particular interest to you. From level 2 to level 3, you will come across as you develop a special interest in this subject area. You will only reach the highest level 4 if you can formulate a question that is appropriate for a Bachelor thesis.

Second question: What do I want to find out in the bachelor thesis?

State of research

With this question you have found your red thread (in a story one would speak of a plot). You have progressed well on your way to the bachelor thesis. But what happens if your story, your question, already exists? Therefore, the scientific work first requires the search for related topics. So you have to know the state of research. Imagine that all the scientists who have published on your topic are sitting around a table and conducting a virtual conversation – virtually, because they usually can not actually meet in one place or during a phase of life. So you listen intently and make notes. The next day tell your friend what you have heard. You will sort and summarize the contributions according to importance. As a matter of fairness, you also repeat the posts that you disagree with. You will also notice the one and the other question that has yet to be answered by any of the virtual speakers. That could be a topic for your bachelor thesis.

Third question: How does my topic differ from other topics?

Methods of the Bachelor thesis

Now you would actually be at your destination. If the question of methods were not available, you would have already found the topic of your bachelor thesis.

Do not let yourself be disturbed. You are not alone if you have difficulty with the methods. Our scientific methods are very limited. There are only three major areas:

Techniques of data collection: Everything that you explore independently in practice falls into this area. You draft a questionnaire and conduct interviews, but perhaps you also use an experiment in your bachelor thesis.

Techniques of data analysis: Everything that already exists and is evaluated belongs to this area. Depending on the subject area and topic of your bachelor thesis, this includes literature evaluations as well as statistical evaluations.

Techniques of data preparation: Everything that is brought from one form to another is counted among them – be it Japanese characters represented by transcription in Arabic letters or electronics analog signals that are converted to digital. Also in this area the requirements are obviously very different from Bachelor thesis to Bachelor thesis and from topic to topic.

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