In our Department there are a number of chairs and working groups working on different research and teaching topics. In terms of your Bachelor or Master thesis, it is wise to consider which topics you are interested in and to select the supervising group based on that. You’ll find the practices and approaches of the individual groups under the names of the respective professors below. As a rule, the process is as follows:
You choose an interesting topic.
You contact the relevant supervisor and ask them whether they would be ready to supervise your thesis.
Together, you define the topic and enter it into the Department’s online system (Please note: not in FlexNow, that is a different tool which is administered by the Examination Office).
The supervisor allocates the topic to you via the Department’s online system.
The supervisor submits an enquiry with the Examination Office to confirm that you have fulfilled all the requirements and are allowed to write your Bachelor thesis.
As soon as the “OK” is given by the Examination Office, your guide card data can be completed.
On the day of collection, the date is entered in the online system, and the guide card is generated, printed and given to you (a copy is kept by the Secretary’s Office).
The processing time starts. You’ll find the templates for your final thesis here.
The Examination Office receives a workflow-generated notification and manually allocates it in FlexNow to the appropriate quarter and adds the actual title of your final thesis.
You regularly receive emails about the remaining time/important events via the email address stated on your guide card and/or your ZIV email account.
...with Prof. Becker
If you are interested in a specific topic, please contact one of the chair's members of staff. They will discuss the process with you. It is not necessary to submit a separate application.
...with Prof. Böhme
For Bachelor theses, we expect you to have a serious interest in the topics of IT security or data protection. Previous knowledge of IT security from one of our specialist modules is desirable. For Master and Diploma theses, previous knowledge in at least one subfield or in the method that will be used is required.
As a rule, dissertations are written within the framework of a collaborative research project. Our research group is strongly oriented towards the international research community, meaning that students have the opportunity to spend an extended period of study at renowned foreign universities and that these stays are expressly supported. External PhDs by very good doctoral candidates working in industry can also be supervised if there is a thematic link to one of Professor Böhme’s research fields.
Requirements - The information below is given as a general guide:
Length Requirements Seminar approx. 20 pages Researching existing literature and presenting in a clear, scientific manner.
approx. 40 pages
Comprehending existing literature and documenting independently and scientifically.
approx. 80 pages Your work should supplement your supervisor’s knowledge. Dissertation approx. 150 pages + publications
Your work should supplement the knowledge in your specialist field.
...with Prof. Fischer
If you are interested in writing your thesis at the group Information Systems and IT security, please contact Prof. Dr. Mathias Fischer.
...with Prof. Hellingrath
Subject to our capacity and availability, the Chair for Information Systems and Logistics supervises students of both Information Systems and Business Administration. When choosing a topic, you should bear in mind that its content should correspond with the specialist focus of your course of study. We always welcome ideas/topic suggestions of your own!
If you are interested in writing a Bachelor, Diplom or Master thesis at the Chair for Information Systems and Logistics, please email Dennis Horstkemper.
- You must arrange a meeting before registering at the Examination Office.
- If you are a Business Administration student, please arrange a meeting at least 3 weeks before registering at the Examination Office.
Guidelines for Preparing Academic Theses
The style sheet of Professor Becker’s chiar must be used as a starting point for all written assignments.
In addition to the final thesis topics listed on the website, topics in the following areas can also be supervised:
- Decentralised supply chain coordination
- Replacement parts logistics
- Flexibility management of supply chains
- Designing hybrid supply chains
- Humanitarian logistics
- Metaheuristic application in supply chain planning
- Safety in supply chains
- Supply chain architecture management
...with Prof. Klein
Writing a Bachelor Thesis at the Chair for IOS
Next to the corresponding examination rules (PAM), the following procedure applies to every bachelor thesis written at our chair. Although this information is written in English, your bachelor theses can be composed in German as well.
Finding a topic
You are looking for an interesting topic that you want to dedicate your bachelor thesis to? Have a look on our website for the research areas of the different research assistants, current projects, previously supervised theses or lectures, and contact one of us if you have an interest in a certain area. If you have an idea of your own – which naturally should be related to one of the research foci of the chair – you are welcome to discuss it with us.
Writing the proposal
The creation of a proposal is obligatory. You can start writing the proposal after you have talked to one of our research assistants. You should allow a sufficient amount of time before you collect your topic and start with the actual writing (at least two weeks, see “registration at the chair” below). The proposal should consist of two to three pages and answer the following three basic questions:
Topic of the thesis
Motivation: Why is this interesting?
Where is the research gap?
Is the research based on a certain theory?
Which research method is used, and why?
How is the method used?
The proposal facilitates a common understanding of the topic between the student and the supervisor and outlines a research agenda for the thesis. Please note that we expect you to make yourself familiar with good practices of academic writing and relevant aspects of research design and research methods. We suggest that you visit corresponding courses and read the recommended literature.
Registration at the chair
In accordance with the recommendations set by the examination office (PAM), you have to register at least two weeks before your thesis officially begins at the secretary’s office. Please bring a completed registration form. Please note that we strongly advise you to determine a thesis topic together with a potential supervisor and start working on the proposal well ahead of this time!
Writing period and submission
The period of writing starts when you collect your official thesis topic from the secretary of the chair. You will only receive your topic after you submitted a proposal to us (see above)! The length of the writing period is specified in the examination rules (PAM). At the end of the writing period, you have to submit three printed copies to the secretary of the chair as well as an electronic version to your supervisor. Please do not forget to sign the non-deception declaration at the end of your thesis on every copy.
Last but not least: Some good advice
Writing a bachelor thesis takes a lot of time! Please keep this in mind when planning your term. Past examples have shown that attending too many courses and seminars or conducting an internship while writing the bachelor thesis is highly detrimental to the quality of the thesis.
...with Prof. Kuchen
Topics can be selected in consultation with a supervisor. They should be related to one of the following fields:
- Programming languages
- Software engineering
...with Prof. Meisel
If you’re interested in writing a Bachelor or Master thesis in one of our research areas, please contact Professor Meisel directly. A selection of topics is always available.
..with. Prof. Trautmann
Topics are always allocated individually and in consultation with Professor Trautmann or her colleagues. In the first place, please email Dr Ingolf Terveer with your initial request.
..with. Prof. Vossen
Looking for a master, bachelor, or diploma thesis topic in one of our research areas? We constantly offer challenging topics to work on either locally or in cooperation with an industrial or an academic partner, sometimes even in collaboration with a partner abroad. If you have a proposal for a topic yourself or an industry partner with whom you want to work together, you are welcome to discuss this with us.
Topics for diploma, master and bachelor theses
The basic process for getting a thesis topic at the DBMS group is the following ("How to get started..."):
- Contact Prof. Vossen or anyone else in the group before you register for your thesis at the PAM (Prüfungsamt).
- We discuss an initial proposal with you and outline organisational details.
- Register at the PAM (Prüfungsamt) – notice the deadlines that are published by the PAM for each semester!
- You receive your thesis topic at the desired starting date. While working on the thesis, you are welcome to contact your supervisor in case of questions.
- Two weeks after receiving the thesis topic (in case of bachelor thesis) or after one month (in case of diploma or master thesis) you are invited to schedule a meeting with Prof. Vossen and your supervisor to present the intended structure of your thesis, discuss problems encountered so far, and possibly get hints to further references or additional literature.
- Finally you submit your work when the respective time has elapsed.
- We will then review your submission and you will receive a grade for the thesis. You may be invited to give a short presentation of your work to our group and sometimes also external guests.