Instructions for the thesis preparation
Setting the text of the thesisThat structure is recommended except for those parts explicitly marked as REQUIRED.
- Binding and title page, REQUIRED
- Declaration, REQUIRED
- Resume and key words, REQUIRED
- Other chapters and subchapters of the thesis
- Literature, REQUIRED
Binding and title pageThe diploma thesis is submitted in an electronic version (text including attachments) to the IS MU Archive. The archive has to be sufficiently completed, the student confirms also the Author´s Statement and the Declaration.
Printing of the text may be two-sided.
At the cover and title page have to be the next information:
- Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics
- Diploma Thesis
- <Name from thesis assignment> (optional)
- <Student’s first name and family name>
- <Year of defence>
DeclarationThe page with a student’s declaration about authorship and used literature follows, e.g.:
Hereby I declare that this thesis is my original authorial work, which I have worked out on my own. All sources, references, and literature used or excerpted during the elaboration of this work are properly cited and listed in completed reference to the due source.
The declaration is confirmed by the student in IS.
On this page, or on another page, the student may write thanks to the advisor and those who had provided assistance.
Resume and keywordsUnder the heading Resume is a text of thesis summary that is not longer then one page.
Under the heading Key words: is the list of keywords separated by commas (usually 5 to 10). The key word is also the term expressed in more words.
ContentThe content contains the names of chapters and subchapters, i.e. parts of the work, the first and second level. It is recommended to use LaTeX form fi-thesis available at www.overleaf.com.
IntroductionThe first chapter is an introduction presenting the solved problems in a broader context and in a brief description of each chapter provides a structure of written work.
Other chapters and subchapters of the thesisChapters immediately following the introduction typically include formulating the objective of work, characteristics of the current state of the solved problems, theoretical and professional background of solved problems. These chapters represent no more than 30 percent of the total scope of thesis.
In subsequent chapters, the student elaborates his/her own contribution to solving the problems and the obtained results.
Chapters and subchapters must be arranged in a logical sequence, their scope should match the importance of the solved problems. For illustration, it may be appropriate to add to the text the graphic information (pictures, tables, graphs, diagrams, etc.).
ConclusionThe final chapter contains an evaluation of the obtained results with particular emphasis on student’s benefit, including assessment from a wider perspective to solve problems. In conclusion, it should be noted possible directions of further research or development.
LiteratureThe final chapter is followed by a list of used literature.
AnnexesTo the annexes, we put parts of the work that are considered descriptive. For example a guide for using the created system, fragments of source text, detailed diagrams and detailed descriptions of project’s parts, etc. In relevant cases, also taken extensive evidence of the claim used in the work - consult this with the supervisor.
Requirements for the form, scale, typographic adjustment and linguistic qualityFor diploma thesis is set at a minimum of 30 pages without annexes. The number of pages of annexes is not limited. However, observe a short and effective account of the importance of the annex for thesis evaluation and for possible follow-up thesis in the future. Unnecessarily large amount of annexes (i.e., if it is not well justified) may be negatively evaluated, at least for environmental and economic reasons.
The term standardized page refers to the rating of workload, not to the number of printed pages. From a historical point of view it is the number of manuscript pages, which was written on the typewriter, the average length of 60 characters for a line and 30 lines per page of the manuscript. Because of proof registration marks it was used vertical spacing 2 (every other line). These data (number of characters per line, number of lines and space between them) does not apply to the final printed result. They are used only for assessing the scope. One standardized page means 60 * 30 = 1800 characters. Typewritten page is about 2 kB of text. The amount of type sites is only approximate estimation.
When estimating the scope of work you can use a special function of Microsoft Word, which returns the number of characters in the document. Where LaTeX system is used for a rough estimate you can add up the sizes of the source documents.
Images in the text are included in the scope of the thesis as an estimation of the scope of the text, which would print equally at the same size in the final document.
The text of thesis is printed on A4 pages. For this size of a page use the basic level of text font (size) 11 points. Select width from 15 to 16 cm and height from 22 to 23 cm (including any headers and footers).
The evaluated part is also the linguistic quality and purity. It is assumed the respecting of rules of good grammar and professional terms. Slang is unacceptable. For thesis published in English language is also assumed an adequate language quality.
For more information, see literature:
- Robert Bringhurst. Elements of typographic style. Hartley & Marks, Vancouver, BC, 1992.
- Lyn Dupré. Bugs in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose. Addison Wesley, 2nd edition, 1998.
- Paul N. Edwards. How to give an academic talk, v4.0. School of Information, University of Michigan, 2010. http://pne.people.si.umich.edu/ PDF/howtotalk.pdf, cit. 4. 11. 2011.
- Justin Zobel. Writing for Computer Science. Springer, 2nd edition, 2004.