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Course, academic year 2017/2018
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Master's Thesis Seminar II - JEM002
Czech title: Master´s Thesis Seminar II
Guaranteed by: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2017
Semester: both
Points: 9
E-Credits: 9
Hours per week, examination: 0/2 C [hours/week]
Capacity: winter:unknown / 300 (300)
summer:unknown / unknown (300)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Tomáš Havránek, Ph.D.
PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D.
prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
Class: Nekontrolovat_RL
Incompatibility : JEM125
Pre-requisite : JEM001
Interchangeability : JEM125
Files Comments
download 2_FAQ.pdf FAQ about master’s thesis seminars
download 2_FSV_academic_calendar_1718.pdf Academic calendar with deadlines for current academic year
download 2_SIS_manual.pdf SIS manual for students
download 2_SIS_manual_4advisors.pdf SIS manual for advisors
download 2_SIS_Q&A.doc FAQ about handling your thesis in SIS
download 3_IES_guidelines_for_defense.pdf Guidelines 2/2015 of IES director for thesis defense
download 3_IES_handout.pdf Example of handout for thesis defense
download Thesis template for LaTeX system
download Thesis template for LyX /by P. Karas/
download 3_IES_thesis_template_Word.docx Thesis template for MS Word
download 4_Academic_writing.pdf Presentation on academic writing
download 4_Handbook.pdf Handbook on writing thesis at the IES
download 5_students_abroad.pdf Information for students abroad
Last update: Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová (27.11.2017)

The course is dedicated to students finalizing their diploma thesis. The first two seminars are held as individual consultations with the teacher, the third seminar serves as preparation for the thesis defense. The course will also discuss publishing practices in respectable journals and publishing houses, and how to identify questionable publishing practices, such as predatory publishers, fake conferences, and fake journals.
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (20.02.2014)

McCloskey, D. (1999). Economical Writing. Waveland; 2nd edition.
Strunk, W. & E. B. White (2000). The Elements of Style. Longman; 4th edition.
Williams, J. M. (2010). Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace. Longman; 10th edition.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (25.10.2017)

Check regularly "yymmdd_jem002" file (log-in to see the file), where your fulfilled requirements are noted (including students of JEM170 and JMMZ020). To finish the course you must fulfill:

1. Attendance: You must attend all three seminars.

You must come to all 3 seminars. If you study abroad for the entire semester, you are free from this requirement, but you still have to send us details on your progress (several paragraphs; please be concrete) on the day of the seminar. The exact dates of your seminar will be specified in the file "seminar_dates" above (log-in to see the file). If you cannot attend your seminars at specified date, you can switch with your colleague but need to inform us in advance.

2. Handout: For the third seminar, you must prepare an outline for your defense and send it to us at least a day in advance.

You must prepare an outline for your thesis defense and present it to the teacher. You should address the importance of your topic, settings of the problem and hypotheses, methodological background and most of all, stress the original contribution. Send the handout one day in advance. An example can be found above under "3_IES_handout." You should take three copies of the handout with you to the defense.

3. Final thesis: You must finish your thesis till given deadlines: deadline of January 5 is for those finishing their studies in January 2018, deadline of May 11 is for those finishing their studies in June 2018, and deadline of July 31 is for those finishing studies during the prolonged examination period in September 2018. Upload your final thesis into SIS and send it to us to get credits for the seminar (include no. of characters of the main body of the thesis into your email).

Note that the deadlines mentioned above are the latest dates you need to hand in your thesis (Czech/Slovak works aim for at least 60 standard pages, 108ths. characters including spaces; English works for at least 50 standard pages, 90ths. characters including spaces, both excluding abstract, proposal, references, and appendices). Since you are not eligible for credits before you fulfill the requirement of uploading your final thesis into SIS and sending it to us by email, manage your work to be able to get your credits in time. 

Rules of communication. All e-mails should be send to all of the following addresses:,,

  • When submitting your thesis for seminars, save the file as yoursurname_thesis#.pdf. Subject of the e-mail must be: JEM002 Thesis (Yoursurname).
  • When submitting your final thesis for seminars, save the file as yoursurname_thesis_final.pdf. Subject of the e-mail must be: JEM002 Final Thesis (Yoursurname). 
  • When submitting your handout for the third seminar, save the file as yoursurname_handout.pdf. Subject of the e-mail must be: JEM002 Handout (Yoursurname).
  • Those who study abroad will send us three reports on their progress as yoursurname_seminar#.pdf; the subject of the e-mail must be: JEM002 Progress Report (Yoursurname).

Always send the current version of your thesis (and handout) in advance, before the seminar starts. A few days after the deadline an xls file will be published on this webpage to indicate students that passed the requirement.

You are eligible for credits only if you fulfill all the course requirements. Always check for official deadlines in current academic year on FSV web.

Please, take your time and go through a few good theses which you can find on the website -- this is the best inspiration for you and it will answer a lot of your questions. Read the documents "Academic Writing" and "Handbook" above. Your thesis will be evaluated according to its quality, not the number of pages, but you have to fulfill the minimum requirements of the Faculty (50 standard pages from the Introduction to the Conclusion for theses written in English). If you think about writing your thesis in LaTeX, there is a template created specifically for the IES (attached above). Empirically there is a significant correlation between the usage of LaTeX and the final grade.

For information on final examination for master's degree, see this website. For the winter semester 2017/2018, final master's exams including thesis defense will be held on January 31, 2018. For the summer semester 2017/2018, the exams will be held on June 20-21, 2018, and for the prolonged summer period on September 18-19, 2018. Time schedule will be published one week before exam. For information on thesis defense, read IES directors' Guidelines.

Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (07.04.2017)

Students are distributed into 4 groups according to the file "seminars_dates," each student is assigned three specific dates for seminars to attend. For each seminar please prepare a short (5 minutes) but concrete talk. Content of the seminar:

  1. seminar - your progress since you sent us the first part of your thesis, discussion of methodology.
  2. seminar - discussion of your results. What have you done since the last seminar?
  3. seminar - preparation for thesis defense. Walk us through your handout for defense (see example above).
Registration requirements
Last update: PhDr. Mgr. Zuzana Havránková, Ph.D. (12.09.2014)

An obligatory prerequisite to register for JEM002 is passing JEM001.

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