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Guidelines for Writing a Bachelor's Thesis

Points to take into account while writing your bachelor's thesis

General

The topics you can choose for your bachelor's thesis should be highly relevant for practice and policy and the thesis should to be empirically grounded. The bachelor's thesis can be written in German or English.

Process of a bachelor's thesis

  • Informal application by e-mail, stating one to three possible bachelor's thesis topics.
  • Selection interview and choice of a topic as well as registration for the project seminar.
  • After successful completion of the project seminar, Prof. Leišytė will write a letter to "Prüfungsverwaltung" to declare that she will be your supervisor.
  • Write the thesis: in the process, make sure to send the questionnaire for surveys or interview schedules to Prof. Leišytė to get approval before you start your empirical work.
  • Submit to "Prüfungsverwaltung", Dez. 4.3.

Application period

  • July 15 to August 1 for the following winter semester
  • February 15 to March 1 for the following summer semester

Type and time frame of the bachelor's thesis

  • Generally, all bachelor's theses at the Professorship are empirical (i.e. the self-organized collection and analysis of data is part of every thesis). This type of thesis has a time frame of 13 weeks (for details see the Prüfungsordnung).
  • In exceptional cases, theoretical bachelor's theses are accepted. The specific topic must then be discussed and agreed on with Prof. Liudvika Leišytė. The time frame for this type of thesis is only 9 weeks.

The time frame (count of weeks) starts with the registration of your topic (a letter from Prof. Leišytė to the Prüfungsamt).

Topic of a bachelor's thesis

The topic you choose should relate to the main research fields of the Professorship of Higher Education.
Possible Topics:

Governance

  1. Stakeholder representation and their characteristics in the boards of non-profit organizations
  2. Diversity Management and gender equality in management teams
  3. Factors leading to innovation success in professional organizations
  4. The influence of board membership on performance of professional organizations
  5. Management of organizational change in professional organizations
  6. The role of chancellors in German higher education

Entrepreneurship

  1. The role of student entrepreneurs in creating startups on campus
  2. Characteristics of German entrepreneurs
  3. Entrepreneurship and gender: differences between male and female entrepreneurs
  4. Motivations of academic entrepreneurs to patent their knowledge
  5. Policies of German universities to promote knowledge commercialization
  6. Policies and practices of patenting in Germany

Profession, Performance, and Mobility

  1. Importance of work satisfaction of professionals for performance
  2. Working at home versus working in the office – implications for productivity
  3. The motivations for international mobility of professionals
  4. Factors leading to successful integration of foreign professional employees in Germany
  5. The role of performance based funding on academic productivity
  6. Changing academic profession in the managerial era: what happens to professional autonomy

Preconditions

Bachelor's theses at the Professorship of Higher Education are accepted according to certain preconditions and according to capacities of scientific staff:

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

 

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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