Students must produce a written analysis of their thesis topic (use as a template thesis model template) that should include the following parts:
- Thesis topic, name
- Choice of topic and why this topic was chosen (student, the work place, University of Applied Sciences)
- Description of the environment where thesis to be completed, organisation, partner in co-operation (also commissioning party’s contact person)
- Why the thesis is necessary – describe the background and development of the topic. How is the issue currently obvious at work? What issues need to be clarified? Etc.
- The aims of the thesis (explain what knowledge the thesis will produce, what will be the uses of the thesis and what will be developed etc.) (Why a thesis?)
- Definition of the topic and initial research problem or task
- How related to previous research, literature and current professional know-how discourse, theoretical starting point (also text references and bibliography)
- Initial work plan complete with schedules (take into account remaining courses!)
- Necessary permits, ethical questions and other important issues such as appendices
- Division of work and responsibilities if completing thesis with another student
- Possible peer partner, Peer Partner Supervision
- Information retrieval assignment linked to the topic analysis
The topic analysis is covered in the Topic Seminar, depending on the school or during personal supervision and it should be submitted to the appropriate person. The topic analysis is evaluated on a pass/incomplete/fail basis and is assessed by the teacher supervisor.
A topic analysis pass is recorded in the academic records (study card) (in Asio) and on the thesis follow-up form.
In order to make learning more effective and to save time it is recommended that students keep a learning diary throughout the whole thesis process.