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Learning outcomes of the course unit
This seminar is meant to help the students understand all requirements toward completion of the Master degree thesis, and to know how to structure the work's content. At each session, students will be asked to pitch possible topics for theses, to brainstorm on topics and discuss possible development of these topics together. In addition, classes will focus on particular aspects of thesis development. Regular assignments are made to keep students exploring their topic and a detailed outline of the thesis is expected by the end of the course.
Mode of study
discussion, lecture, in-class research
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Experience with writing academic papers; excellent knowledge of academic English
Session One : Academic Requirements (Rector Decree No.4/2006). Instructions for the Writing and uniform formatting of University Thesis at AMU. Students are shown previous completed theses as examples of different approaches and topics. / Discussion on development of topics.
Assignment: To read one previous written Masters Thesis from CINKK department
Session Two : Thesis Formats (examples of common types of theses, such as monographs, comparative analysis, case studies of a particular cinematic subject, exploration of a technology, problem/solution format...) Students are shown previous completed theses as examples of different approaches. / Discussion on development of topics.
Assignment: To read one previous written thesis from CDM department
Session Three : Researching - how to use the data bases available for FAMU students (trip to library, awareness of library resources) Plagiarism defined and discussed. / Discussion on development of topics.
Assignment: Students must explore materials in FAMU’s library and come to next class with list of books or journals interesting for their possible thesis topics.
Session Four : Research methods continued. Webinar on using database (with Klara Loukotova from Proquest)
Assignment: To decide on thesis topic and speak with two of their professors about it. Bring report to next class on feedback received from professors.
Session Five : Outlining exercises (how organizational patterns get turned into outlines, standard outline format, scrambled outlines exercises in class)
Assignment: To prepare preliminary outline of chosen topic
Session Six : Developing a bibliography. How to write academic notations in correct formation. Stylistic and practical concerns regarding the completion of the thesis
Assignment: To bring in a list of sources for their thesis (minimum of five) in correct bibliographic format.
Session Seven: : Discussion on development of topics. Timeline for completion of thesis (Important dates, Defense procedure and expectations)
Final assignment: To find possible advisor for your project by approaching different professors in the department.
Session Eight: Thesis development, progress discussed
Final assignment: To prepare detailed outline of thesis, with bibliography and noting preliminary title and thesis advisor.
Recommended or required reading
Previous successfully defended theses written by students from the department
Assessment methods and criteria
Active attendance and the completion of all assignments (report on consulting professors, report on theses read, possible topics) on time. Credit is given when detailed outline is submitted at end of semester. Student must have 50% attendance to receive credit.
No schedule has been prepared for this course