|At the end of this module, students will be able to:
||Relation with the final attainment targets:
||design and execute a full empirical research within the domain of communication science;
||1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4. 1.5, 2.1. 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
||substantialize choices related to the design and execution of the research;
||2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.5
||collect data based on common ethical principles and subsequently perform data-analysis;
||2.4, 2.5, 5.2, 5.3
||draw conclusions and provide recommendations based on the research findings;
||2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.5
||write a research report according to academic (APA) style principles and guidelines;
||2.6, 3.6, 4.1
||popularize research by means of a blog article and infographic about the bachelor thesis;
||2.6, 3.6, 4.2, 4.5
||orally present the outline and findings of the research and respond to questions.
||2.6, 3.6, 4.2
General aim of the Bachelor Thesis module|
In this module, students will individually design a full empirical research regarding a practically relevant problem setting. The problem setting preferably refers to an actual challenge in society or case study offered by an external organization. The ultimate goal of the bachelor thesis is that students display their gained academic knowledge and research skills in a project, based on which recommendations for practice can be derived.
At the end of the module, students have demonstrated their ability to design, implement, report about and defend a full scale Bachelor Thesis research. During the elaboration of their Bachelor Thesis, student will tap into knowledge and skills gained during previous B-COM modules as well as display the ability to acquire new or complementary knowledge and skills needed to complete their research project.
Outline of the Bachelor Thesis module
The Bachelor Thesis module is a so-called “stretch module”, covering both educational quarters in the second semester of the third year.
Quarter 2A (+/- 5 EC load):
In this quarter the study load will be approximately 5 EC. During the first quarter 2A, students will elaborate a research proposal for their bachelor thesis. During this quarter supporting lectures about the introduction to the module, research ethics and systematic literature searching will be offered.
Quarter 2B (+/- 15 EC load):
In this quarter students will conduct the actual research by collecting the data, performing the data-analysis, reporting about the research and orally defending the research. Supporting lectures and guided self-study about academic and (popular) reporting of a research project will be offered.
Assumed previous knowledge
|In order to start with the Bachelor Thesis students must have completed all educational units of the first and second year (B1 and B2) of the bachelor COM. After enrolment in the course, the study counsellor will check whether all students meet the pre-requirements. Therefore, if you have any doubts about your study progress in relation to the pre-requirements, please do not hesitate to contact the study counsellor of the bachelor COM (Silvie Pothof).|
|Bachelor Communication Science||Required materials|
Recommended materials-Instructional modes
|Students independently need to search for and collect relevant study / research materials to use for their specific research topic.|
|Self study without assistance|