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      Draft Research Plan (Submit your plan by 23:59 on 30.01) Forum

      1. Submit your draft research plan by 23:59 on Monday 30.01. (Click on "Add a new discussion" and click on "Advanced" at the bottom to open the file sharing box.) Share this separately with your thesis advisor for feedback.

          Items to include:

        • Title page (1 page): Proposed title for the thesis, your name, date, and your thesis advisor's name.
        • Proposed table of contents for entire thesis (1 page)
        • Introduction to the topic with clear problem and purpose statements (1 page)
        • References: 2 - 3 sources. At least one of which should provide a general overview or introduction to the topic, e.g. a popular science article, textbook, review article, book chapter, etc. These should all be formatted in your chosen referencing style. Indicate the style in the References heading: "References (IEEE style)". Give a one-sentence paraphrase or quote from the source below each one.
        • Weekly timeline from week 3 to week 18. Please include the scheduled meetings with your thesis advisor and important deadlines (i.e., research draft, first draft, second draft, final draft, and final presentations). You should have at least 5 planned meetings with your advisor, i.e., initial meeting, after drafting your research plan, after submitting the first draft, after submitting the second draft, and after submitting the third draft. If you want a realistic plan, you may wish to add any other important dates / events which may affect your weekly workload (e.g., exam weeks, Easter break, draft deadlines, communication workshops, etc.)   
      2. In Session 3 (03.02), I will assign you to breakout rooms in pairs based on your major.
          Copy the following questions into your reply and answer them:
        • Does the table of contents include each section of thesis? Would you add or change anything?
        • How clear was the introduction? Would you add or change anything?
        • Is the student planning any small-scale research? Do they plan to implement/develop/use something in the research (i.e., an experiment, algorithm, simulation, project, prototype, set of guidelines, feasibility study, etc.)? If it's a literature review, do they explain how they found or how they plan to find the sources (i.e., simplified Systematic Review, State-of-the-art Review, or some chronicle of the steps)? Does the chosen research method make sense for the topic?
        • Does the introduction follow the Toulmin-Zappen model (i.e., Situation, Problem, Solution (Aim/Purpose))?
        • Check the sources. Which style guide is being used? Is the list of references in a consistent style?
        • Does it include the timeline? How realistic is the timeline based on the scope of the research? Anything missing in your view?
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      Final Research Plan (Due by 23:59 on Monday 06.02) Assignment

      After you receive feedback from your partner and your advisor, make any necessary revisions and submit by 23:59 on 06.02.

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      First Draft for Peer & Teacher Feedback (Submit your First Draft by 23:59 on 17.02.23; Be prepared to give meaningful peer feedback during your meeting) Forum

      1. Submit your first draft by 23:59 on 17.02.23. This should be 33% of the final length. Your submission should also include the introduction with a clear problem and solution (aims/purpose statement). It should also include at least 3-5 references integrated into your writing (i.e., paraphrases or quotes).

      2. Schedule a time by 17.02 for your peer & teacher feedback session (times available from 20.02 to 03.03).

      3. Read through your partner’s paper.

      4. Highlight your partner's paper for the following considerations:

      A. Do you see the problem-solution pattern? Mark each step with a comment.

      B. Identify the following and offer suggested corrections:

      -Informal verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs
      -Verb tense issues (e.g., future)
      -Use of active and passive
      -Any shift in English dialect (US vs. UK)
      -Any need for hedging (i.e., absolutes, strong claims)
      -Citation issues
      -Grammar or spelling issues

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      Second Draft for Teacher Feedback (Due by 23:59 on 17.03) Turnitin Assignment 2

      This draft should be 66% of the full length version of the text. 

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      Third Draft for Final Comments from Thesis Instructor (Due by 23:59 on 14.04.23) Turnitin Assignment 2

      This should be very close to full length.

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      Final Bachelor Thesis for Grading (Due by 23:59 on 28.04.2023) Turnitin Assignment 2

      Your thesis will be graded here by your thesis advisor. The grade and comments will be visible to you in MyCourses.

      Before you submit here...

      - please carefully consider the comments from your thesis advisor (from the Third Draft), additional comments from your opponent (from the final presentation), and any comments from the English teacher. 
      - please be aware that the paper will be stored permanently in the TurnItIn standard repository. Future student papers are checked against this repository.
      - you are able to submit your paper only until the submission deadline. Before the deadline, it is possible to re-submit in case you have made a mistake. However, no submissions are accept beyond this submission deadline.
      - you will also need to submit to the eAge link for archiving to the library and for university administration to log the final grade of the paper. 
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      Submission of Final Bachelor Thesis to eAge (Due by 23:59 on 28.04.2023)

      Students are required to submit a final PDF/A (archivable) version of their Bachelor thesis to the eAge system. This copy will be archived by the Aalto Learning Centre into AaltoDoc. The study coordinator also confirms details from this submission for graduation requirements.

        • Finnish- and Swedish-speaking students must include their approved maturity exam (i.e., abstract in mother tongue)
        • Watch the tutorial below before submitting to eAge.

      [eAge tutorial for students from the 5 English programmes]

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      Final Thesis Submission Extension Turnitin Assignment 2