This seminar is designed to provide support, guidance, and feedback to students writing their Bachelor theses in English. The sessions are held online with the exception of the Final Presentations. We accept students from the five English Bachelor programmes in CHEM, ENG, ELEC, and SCI:
- Chemical Engineering (CHEM3054)
- Computational Engineering (ENG3082)
- Data Science (SCI3095)
- Digital Systems & Design (ELEC3056)
- Quantum Technology (SCI3103)
If you do not belong to one of these programmes but would like to participate, please contact Maurice Forget.
Seminar thesis topics
For a full list of topics, please visit the link or contact the Thesis Supervisor listed below.
Chemical Engineering (CHEM3054): contact Michael Hummel.
Computational Engineering (ENG3082): https://wiki.aalto.fi/display/CBTT/CoE+BSc+thesis+topics
Data Science (SCI3095): https://wiki.aalto.fi/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=212897533Digital Systems & Design (ELEC3056): contact Martin Andraud.
Quantum Technology (SCI3103): contact Matti Raasakka.
**TIK students (SCI3027): https://wiki.aalto.fi/display/SCI3027/Topics+Summer+2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the course code (JOIN.BSc) in the message.Coordinator: Maurice ForgetChemical Engineering Thesis Supervisor: Michael HummelComputational Engineering Thesis Supervisor: Luc St-PierreData Science Thesis Supervisor: Maarit KäpyläDigital Systems & Design Thesis Supervisor: Martin AndraudQuantum Technology Thesis Supervisor: Matti RaasakkaInformation Specialist: Kirsi HeinoSpeech Communication: Henriette ("Henni") KervinenFinnish Maturity Exam: Ksenia EskolaSwedish Maturity Exam: Sofia SevónLaTeX tutoring: Taeyoung Kee
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PHASE 0: Pre-assignments (Before 06.06)Pre-Assignment 2: Read the CR analysis of Academic Writing cultures (English and your native language)
- Due before start of class on 06.06
PHASE 1: Getting started (06.06 - 13.06)
- 06.06 Session 1: Kick-off session via Zoom
- 9:00-10:00 Introduction to course, seminar workload, thesis requirements
- 10:15-12:00 Contrastive rhetoric, Toulmin-Zappen model, Purpose statement
- 09.06 Session 2: Zoom meeting
- 9:00-10:30 Information Searching (Kirsi Heino)
- 10:30-11:15 Literature as evidence (Maurice Forget)
- 11:15-12:00 Lunch break
- 12:00-13:30 Referencing (Kirsi Heino)
- 13:45-14:30 Plagiarism (Maurice Forget)
- Draft Research Plan due 10.06 by 23:59
- 13.06 Session 3: Zoom meeting
- 9:15-9:45 Peer Feedback on Research Plans
- 9:45-10:45 Identifying credible sources, Research Methods
- 11:00-12:00 Limiting the scope of the thesis
- 13:00-14:30 LaTeX tutorial (Taeyoung Kee)
- Final Research Plan due 17.06 by 23:59
PHASE 2: Reading and Writing (14.06 - 07.08)
- 20.06 Session 4: Zoom meeting
- 9:00-12:00 Audience, Purpose, and Form (Maurice Forget)
- First draft due 20.06 by 23:59
- 21.06-24.06 Peer Feedback sessions
- 01.08-09.09 Optional Writing Clinic sessions
- If you want more feedback on your writing (before or after the one-on-one session), visit the Writing Clinic page:
- If you can't find a time there, email Susan Gamache (email@example.com). She promised to arrange times for anyone wanting them!
PHASE 3 Further Writing & Presentations (08.08 - 21.08)
- Second Draft due 05.08 by 23:59
- 08.08 Session 5: Cohesion
- 13:00-15:30 Cohesion (Maurice Forget)
- Deadline to notify Maurice about discontinuing
- 08.08 Pre-assignment for Presentation Workshops due by 23:59
- 09.08-19.08 Teacher Feedback
- 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)
- 17.08-19.08 Communication Workshop 2 with Henni Kervinen
Practice presentations in small groups. (Max. 5 students each)
- Book a time in the Scheduler (Deadline to sign up by 15.08)
- Except where stated, you will need to attend this in person. Contact Henni in advance if you can't be on campus.
- Group 1, 17.08 from 9:00-11:30 (TBA, Otakaari 1)
- Group 2, 17.08 from 13:00-15:30 (TBA, Otakaari 1)
- Group 3, 18.08 from 9.00-11.30 (TBA, Otakaari 1)
- Group 4, 18.08 from 13:00-15:30 (TBA, Otakaari 1)
- Group 5, 19.08 from 9:00-11:30 (Zoom meeting online)
- Group 6, 19.08 from 13.00-15.30 (Zoom meeting online)
PHASE 4 Finalizing the work (22.08 - 09.09)
- 22.08 No class
- 24.08-26.08 Final Presentations
- 9:00-16:00 Schedule to be finalized
- To be held on Campus (unless agreed beforehand with Maurice!)
09.09 at 23:59. 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 confirmation. And please make sure you watch the "How to submit to eAge" video before submitting.