This online seminar is designed to provide support, guidance, and feedback to students writing their Bachelor theses in English. We accept students from the five English Bachelor programmes in CHEM, ENG, ELEC, and SCI:
- Chemical Engineering (CHEM)
- Computational Engineering (ENG)
- Data Science (SCI)
- Digital Systems & Design (ELEC)
- Quantum Technology (ELEC & SCI)
Seminar topics and instructors:
Data science (SCI3095): https://wiki.aalto.fi/display/DataScienceMajor/Data+Science+Major+-+Bachelor+thesis+topicsDigital Systems and Design (ELEC3056): contact Martin Andraud.
Computational Engineering (ENG3082): contact Luc St-Pierre.
Quantum Technology (SCI3103): contact Matti Raasakka.
Chemical Engineering (CHEM3054): contact Michael Hummel.
TIK students (SCI3027): https://wiki.aalto.fi/display/SCI3027/Topics+Summer+2021
Upon completion of the seminar, students will be able to
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a field-specific topic through writing and presenting a Bachelor thesis,
- search for, critically assess, and integrate sources into the argumentation of their thesis,
- recognise standard citation practices and plagiarism-avoidance strategies for proper documention of sources,
- identify the organisational and language features specific to a Bachelor thesis in their field of study, and
- provide critical feedback to others' work and respond to feedback on their own work.
A minimum of 90 ECTS credits of BSc degree studies completed with an emphasis on basic and major studies. A student must have a valid personal study plan approved before entering the seminar. It is also strongly recommended that students have already taken the written (w) skills component of their mandatory foreign language credits.
Seminar Team Contact DetailsYou can contact us at email@example.com. Please use the course code (JOIN.BSc) in the message.Coordinator: Maurice ForgetChemical Engineering: Michael HummelComputational Engineering: Luc St-PierreData Science: Maarit KäpyläDigital Systems & Design: Martin Andraud and Mika NupponenQuantum Technology: Matti RaasakkaInformation Specialist: Kirsi HeinoSpeech Communication: Henriette ("Henni") KervinenFinnish Maturity Exam: Jepa Piirainen
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Pre-Assignment 2: Read the CR analysis of Academic Writing cultures (English and your native language)
- Due before start of class on 07.06
- 07.06 Session 1: Kick-off session via Zoom
- 9:00-10:00 Introduction to course, seminar workload, thesis requirements (Maurice Forget and Maarit Käpylä)
- 10:00-12:00 Contrastive rhetoric, Toulmin-zappen model, Purpose statement (Maurice Forget)
- 10.06 Session 2: Zoom meeting
- 9:00-10:30 Information Searching (Kirsi Heino)
- 10:30-11:15 Plagiarism (Maurice Forget)
- 11:15-12:00 Lunch break
- 12:00-13:30 Referencing (Kirsi Heino)
- 13:45-14:30 Literature as evidence (Maurice Forget)
- Draft Research Plan due 11.06 by 23:59
- 14.06 Session 3: Zoom meeting
- 9:00-9:30 Status updates (Where are you at?)
- 9:30-10:00 Peer Feedback on Research Plans
- 10:00-10:30 Identifying credible sources (Maurice Forget)
- 10:45-12:00 Identifying (cont'd), Limiting the scope of the thesis (Maurice Forget)
- 13:00-14:00 Using LaTeX (Taeyoung Kee)
- Final Research Plan due 18.06 by 23:59
- 21.06 Session 4: Zoom meeting
- 9:00-11:30 Audience, Purpose, and Form (Maurice Forget)
- First draft due 21.06 by 23:59
- 23.06-24.06 Peer Feedback sessions
- 01.07-31.07 Optional Writing Clinic sessions in July
- If you feel like you want some extra support for your writing in July, contact Malachy Halpin by email to arrange a session.
PHASE 3 Further Writing & Presentations (09.08 - 25.08)
- Second Draft due 08.08 by 23:59
- 09.08 Session 5: Cohesion
- 10:00-11:00 LaTeX Q & A (Taeyoung Kee) (Optional)
- 13:00-15:30 Cohesion (Maurice Forget)
- 10.08-13.08 Teacher Feedback
- 09.08 Pre-assignment for Presentation Workshops due by 23:59
- 12.08 Session 6: Zoom Meeting
- 13:00-14:30 Communications workshop 1 with Henni Kervinen
- Public speaking, performance anxiety, communicating your research topic, etc.
- 14:45-16:00 Introductions & Conclusions (Maurice Forget)
- 18.08-19.08 Communication Workshop 2 with Henni Kervinen
PHASE 4 Finalizing the work (26.08 - 10.09)
- 23.08 No class
- 26.08-27.08 Final Presentations
- 9:00-16:00 Schedule to be finalized
10.09 at 23:59 p.m. For all English Bachelor programme students (SCI3095, ELEC3056, ENG3082, SCI3103, and CHEM3054), submit one copy of your Final Thesis (PDF/A version) to MyCourses for final grading AND one copy of your Final Thesis (PDF/A version) to eAge for library archiving and grade transfer to Oodi. And please make sure you watch the "How to submit to eAge" video in Phase 4 before submitting.
- ***Note: TIK students (SCI3027 only) must submit to eAge only. Please watch the tutorial video on how TIK students should submit to eAge.