ThesisCore is an online course for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. Students develop the core research and writing skills necessary to successfully write their dissertation and graduate university. The course is divided in 4 steps, covering a student’s complete thesis: from start to finish.
ThesisCore breaks up a student’s dissertation in 4 steps. For students, these steps serve as milestones: after completing a step a major part of their thesis is finished. For educators, they serve as supervision-moments: after each step, an evaluation of the student’s progress is possible. Furthermore, steps 1 to 3 are designed to be used as starting points to initiate the supervision of a student.
|Develop your thesis topic||25%||4 weeks||6 weeks|
|Write your research proposal||25%||1-2 weeks||2 weeks|
|Write your theoretical framework||25%||4 weeks||6 weeks|
|Finish your thesis||25%||4-8 weeks||6-8 weeks|
|Thesis finished!||100%||14-16 weeks||20-24 weeks|
Questions and answers
Which programs can use ThesisCore?
Answer: ThesisCore is developed for academic disciplines that use the scientific method. The ThesisCore-method works for any topic or research method (quantitative or qualitative) that is chosen by the student.
Which universities and programs have implemented ThesisCore?
Answer: ThesisCore has been implemented at various universities in the Netherlands, in a mono-disciplinary (Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science programs) and multi-disciplinary context (Liberal Arts programs). ThesisCore has been used by students from the following programs: Economics, Business, Marketing, Finance, Law (empirical), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and International Relations.
How do students evaluate ThesisCore?
Answer: Students report that ThesisCore helps them make better decisions with regards to the choice of their thesis topic and research strategy, and it gives them a clear structure for the text of their dissertation. Many students report that prior to enrolling in the online course, they were doubtful about their thesis or were even feeling stressed (see for example Russel-Pinson & Harris, 2019). However, with the help of ThesisCore they felt up to the challenge.
How does staff evaluate ThesisCore?
Answer: The most important benefit of using ThesisCore reported by supervisors is that students do not require much assistance with core research-skills such as finding the correct literature, developing research questions and hypotheses, and structuring academic texts. Students are better prepared for meetings, and are better able to express their research idea and its relevance. Note: Supervisors have access to rubrics and training materials to effectively assess the progress and written materials of students.
When should a supervisors be assigned to a student?
Answer: In theory, students should be able to independently do their thesis research with the help of the online materials. However, the progress of students will need to be evaluated by a supervisor. We suggest the following three options:
- After step 1, when the student has developed a topic
- After step 2, when the student has also written a research proposal
- After step 3, when the student has also written a theoretical framework
In practice, assigning a supervisor after step 2 is the most popular choice. However, some universities opt to have a ‘general’ supervisor evaluate each student’s research proposal and let the student continue individually with step 3, after which a personal supervisor is assigned to the student.
Designing a custom thesis-process for your institution
The configuration and timing of ThesisCore is flexible, and can be tailored to the needs of your institution. Please contact us if you would like to discuss these possibilities, or if you want us to provide advice on the best ways to structure the work-flow of your students.
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