1. Assessment Requirements, Planning & Style sheet
1.1 Orientation assessment requirements
First of all, take note of the requirements applied for the Bachelor Thesis by the Faculty of Humanities:
In addition to the general requirements of the Faculty, you must also be familiar with the program-specific requirements for the Bachelor final paper. You can find these requirements in the study guide of your programme:
In various chapters of Year 3, planning will be discussed with regard to the subject in question. Below you will find some information about planning in general.
Aspects of planning:
The 'what': what are the various components of the work you want to plan and in which order do they need to be completed. Make a list of these components. Do not forget to include processing the feedback you will receive during the process
The amount of time required to complete each of the components. This is based on your own estimation and depends on individual factors
The deadline, such as an exam, an assignment for a tutorial, the submission time for your thesis, appointments with your professor or supervisor. Counting back from the deadline, you decide when you will carry out the various tasks
Spare time. Due to unforeseen circumstances (of a personal nature or because you need to consult more or different sources) or due to an incorrect estimate of the required time, it is useful to include spare time in your planning for each of the components
Adjusting. Do not forget to adjust your planning during the process. If you spend more or less time on a task than you estimated, it is a good idea to adjust your planning accordingly
Planning final paper
The exact planning for writing the final paper will be posted on Blackboard. This planning is intended for students who will write their final paper embedded in a seminar. This schedule differs per academic year and can be found on Blackboard (link naar BB). It includes planning information about the deadlines and the content, as well as times of supervision moments that apply in a certain academic year.
Planning final paper under individual supervision
Students, who follow a different track under individual supervision of a professor, can use the general planning below. The general guidelines are focused on creating the final paper. It is a schedule for conducting the research and a schedule for the writing process. If necessary, you can adjust this schedule to fit your specific situation. At the end, add up all the hours to check whether the entire process does not take more time than you have. Even if you do not fill in the time estimate (yet), this schedule can serve as a to-do list.
Planning tips for all students who are writing their final paper
some feedback is focused on the structure of the paper (structural feedback), other feedback covers linguistic improvements, etc. Processing every form of feedback requires a different approach and therefore a different planning. Processing linguistic feedback concerns a laborious 'overall sweep' throughout the article, while processing structural feedback may concern improvements at the level of an individual example and can be processed much faster
write a few hours every day
think about what you will do if you get stuck, for example: put the text aside for a few days and then reread it
take phase-ratios into account: for example, spend no more than 5 to 10 % of the time brainstorming, to prevent you from being stuck in your preliminary examination for too long and running out of time to write
1.3 Style sheet
Below you will find the guidelines for writing and submitting the Bachelor final paper. This is the so-called style sheet of your graduation.
Style sheets in academia are created and used by publishers as a guideline that authors must adhere to. It is the format in which the author must write his or her text. A style sheet contains the general guidelines regarding the length of the text, the components to be submitted and the method of submission. Furthermore, the style sheet also contains guidelines of stylistic and grammatical nature, such as the desired layout, the font, the spelling of names, etc. In addition, the style sheet offers the format for quotes, footnotes and references to literature and images. To avoid a lot of editing it is necessary for the author to be aware of the format in which his or her text must be written before the start of the writing process. A commonly used style sheet is the Chicago Manual of Style.
The sheet below that is used by the study programme is composed of a combination of sheets from frequently used publishers.