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Undergraduate Policies

Please see the Undergraduate policies for information on official regulations and procedures relating to admission and enrollment, graduation requirements, course registration and grading as well as to tuition and fees. A collection of the most recent announcements made by the Student Records Office with regards to the academic policies and administrative procedures can be found here.

In addition, all Undergraduate Programs have documents about Academic Rules and Policies, which are specific to these Programs.

 

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The Bachelor Thesis / Project

 

General Information

This module is a mandatory graduation requirement for all undergraduate students. It consists of two components in the major study program guided by a Jacobs Faculty member:

        1. A Research Project (5 ECTS)

        and

        2. The Bachelor Thesis (10 ECTS)

The workload for the project component is about 125 hours and for the thesis component about 250 hours. The title of the thesis will be shown on the transcript.

Aims
Within this module, students apply knowledge they have acquired about their major discipline, skills, and methods to become acquainted with actual research topics, ranging from the identification of suitable (short-term) research projects, preparatory literature searches, the realization of discipline-specific research, and the documentation, discussion, and interpretation of the results.

Research results obtained from the Research Project can be embedded in the Bachelor Thesis.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Research Project
This module component consists of a guided research project in the major study program. The well-defined research task must be completed and documented according to the scientific standards in the respective discipline. It involves a high degree of independence, supported by individualized instructor feedback and guidance.

2. Bachelor Thesis
With their Bachelor Thesis, students should demonstrate mastery of the contents and methods of the major-specific research field. Furthermore, students should show the ability to analyze and solve a well-defined problem with scientific approaches, a critical reflection of the status quo in scientific literature, and an original development of their own ideas.

Both, the Research Project and the Bachelor Thesis can also have an inter- or transdisciplinary nature - with the explicit permission of the supervisor.

 

Supervision

Both module components can be performed with the same Jacobs faculty member, or different ones, the latter in order to allow a broader research experience. Students are required to choose a supervisor, at the latest, by the end of the drop-add period of the semester in which the module component is taken. The selected supervisor(s) must approve the Project topic and Bachelor Thesis topic before the student starts to work towards the module component. The respective study program coordinators will assist in the search for prospective supervisor(s).

 

Registration

World Track students register for both components, at the earliest, in their 6th semester.
Campus Track students register for the Project component in the 5th and for the Bachelor Thesis component, at the earliest, in their 6th semester.

The registrations must be made before the end of the respective drop/add periods.

Later enrolment is possible for those students pursuing a second major or those who graduate late for other reasons. These students perform their (second) thesis earliest in the 7th semester of their studies. They have to contact the Student Records Office for individual registration.

Students are allowed to extend their thesis related work into the intersession or summer break upon approval of the thesis supervisor and Student Records. Students are not allowed to register for different Bachelor Thesis courses in the same semester.

 

Formal Regulations

Timing
The Thesis work has to be generated within the semester of registration. The semester period has 14 weeks.

Extent
The document must be between 15-25 pages in length, including references, but excluding appendices or supporting information. Deviations in length and format can be determined within individual study programs and should be communicated to all registered students by the study program coordinator.

Cover page
The cover page must show the title of the Bachelor Thesis, the university’s name, the month and year of submission, the name of the student and the name of the supervisor.

Statutory Declaration
Each Bachelor Thesis must include a statutory declaration signed by the student confirming it is their own independent work and that it has not been submitted elsewhere. The respective form can be found here.

 

Submission

The Bachelor Thesis must be submitted as a hard copy (pdf-file) to the supervisor and additionally to the Student Records Office via this online form.

The deadline for submission of the Bachelor Thesis is May 15.

 

Graduation

Students who want to participate in the graduation ceremony before having completed all graduation requirements do a so-called “walkthrough”. In order to be eligible for a walkthrough, students must provide written confirmation(s) from the respective Instructor(s) of Record that they are expected to finish all graduation requirements by no later than August 31 of that academic year. The confirmation must be submitted to the Student Records Office until the grade submission deadline for graduating students.