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Typeface:
Standard: Arial, 12

1. Caption 1: Arial, 16, bold


1.1 Caption 2: Arial, 14, bold
1.1.1 Caption 3: Arial, 12, bold
Number all captions
Spacing 1,5; grouped style

Charts, images, equations and diagrams:


Continuous numeration of the respective objects
Name of object bold, description normal, e.g.:

Image 1: IEHK

All objects need to be described in the text


First mention of object in the text bold (e.g.: As can be seen in image 1,)
Advice: This is done best by using cross references and captions because these
can be adjusted easily if subsequent modifications are done in the work.
Quotations:
Quoting (even if only with regards to content) is not allowed without reference!
o reproduction with regards to content: reference at the end of the paragraph
o minute quotations longer than 3 words: text written in quotations marks
followed by reference
references in brackets (..),
Citation should be done according to DIN ISO 690 (further information see
Chapter List of References)
a list of references is put at the end of the work (cf. respective chapter)
Procedural method:
A very good (English) source for the procedural method of writing can be found under
http://www.sfedit.net/newsletters.htm. The main stress here is put on the writing of
releases but many steps concerning sorting, structuring and focusing can be
assigned to the central thesis of the work.
Table of Contents i

Table of Contents

list captions up to 3rd plane of caption / chapters with page number


table of contents itself either without page number or page i, ii, iii, iv,

1 SUMMARY .......................................................................................................... 1

2 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................. 2

3 LITERATURE REVIEW / STATE OF THE ART ................................................. 3

4 EXPERIMENTS ................................................................................................... 4

5 RESULTS............................................................................................................ 5

6 DISCUSSION ...................................................................................................... 6

7 CONCLUSIONS .................................................................................................. 7

8 PROSPECTS ...................................................................................................... 8

9 LIST OF REFERENCES ..................................................................................... 9

10 ADDENDUM .................................................................................................... 9
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1 Summary
Study integrated thesis: max. 1 page; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 1-2 pages
brief presentation of thesis, of procedural method, of results and of discussion
most important part of the whole work
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2 Introduction
Study integrated thesis: max. 1 page; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 1-2 pages
answers the following questions:
What is the issue of the work?
What is its thematic background?
How to assess the hitherto existing results concerning this issue?
What is the objective/ the task and the methodological approach?
most important part after summary and conclusion
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3 Literature Review / State of the Art


Study integrated thesis: 8-12 pages ; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 15-25 pages
brief (historical) overview of the topic
What are the current publications?
What are the most important theories and results?
Who are the representatives of the different positions and theories?
Where are knowledge gaps, inaccuracies, contradictions?
What is the thematic position of the work in the overall context?
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4 Experiments
Study integrated thesis: 8-12 pages ; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 15-25 pages
objective: a minute repetition of the experiment must be possible -even for
outsiders without previous knowledge!!!
detailed description of the equipment used, of the sample geometry, of the
preparation, of the heat treatment parameters, of the method of test and
characterization, of the issues and their resolution, etc.
all details are important, all steps in the procedure, even those you were not
personally present at (i.e. exact definition of the raw material: producer, year,
charge number, chemical analysis, etc.)
chemical composition in the sequence C, Si, Mn, P, S, Cr, Mo, Ni
The accuracy of the information is dependent on the respective steel grade; as a
general rule the information in Chart 1 is valid.

Chart 1: Chemical composition, mass contents in %.

It must be clear from the charts, if the information is a target specification


according to norm with min. and max. statements, if it is a check or a ladle
analysis. The data usually is given in mass percentage; the correct chart caption
would be: Chemical composition, mass contents in %.
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5 Results
Study integrated thesis: 15-20 pages ; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 25-35 pages
neutral presentation and description of the results gotten from the experimental
procedure
presentation of large amounts of data rather in diagrams than in charts (a detailed
listing of the data can be put in the addendum)
combination and joint mentioning of results that are linked with regards to content
establishing of correlations (i.e. structure properties)
This part of the work will decide on its reliability. Furthermore, it is a source of
information for subsequent work on the topic or later publications.
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6 Discussion
Study integrated thesis: 7-10 pages; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 12-17 pages
A joint chapter Results and Discussion also is possible, although there must be
a clear cut between the neutral presentation of the results, and their discussion
and evaluation.
Reflection of results in the superordinate context of science and engineering
classification and assessment of the results
comparison with results given in the literature
clarification of correlations
explanation of deviation
explanation of contradictions
presentation of newly found principles
self-criticism!
This chapter is most important for the assessment of the thesis.
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7 Conclusions
Study integrated thesis: max. 1 page; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 1-2 pages
What was the objective of the thesis? What was done to achieve it?
thesis-like presentation of the conclusion
inferences
What were the problems?
suggestions for the use and application of the results
prospects and suggestions for subsequent theses
apart from the summary, the most important part of the thesis
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8 Prospects
Study integrated thesis: max. 1 page; Dipl./Bach./Master thesis: 1-2 pages
suggestions for the use and application of the results
prospects and suggestions for subsequent theses
this part is optional
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9 List of References
Listing of all used citations
Citations according to DIN ISO 690
The norm provides two systems, one should be used in consultation with the
supervisor

System 1: Name-Date
Scheme:
SURNAME1, initials of first name1., Initials of first name1., SURNAME2, Year.
Title. Data medium, Vol(No.), x-x
Example:
STIEG, M.F., 1981b. The information needs of historians. College and Research
Libraries, 42(6), 549560
In continuous text: (Author, Year)

System 2: Numeric system


Scheme:
X. SURNAME1, initials of first name1., Initials of first name2.,
SURNAME2, Title. Data medium, Year, Vol(No.), x-x
Example:
13. STIEG, M.F. The information needs of historians. College and
Research Libraries, 1981, 42(6), 549-560
In continuous text: (X)

Features:
More than three authors: For sources with four or more authors, names can be
omitted. In that case use the first originator and et al.
Long titles: A title that is cumbersome in length may be shortened by omitting
some words;
Identifiers: If a template has an international default number (for example: ISBN,
ISAN, ISMN, ISRC, DOI) that uniquely identifies the resource, it must be included
in the title specification.
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10 Addendum
longer derivations
charts of bigger coverage
documentations
everything else