Seminar for preparation of a bachelor thesis (English) - OPBA4A046A
Title: Seminář k přípravě bakalářské práce (angličtina)
Guaranteed by: Katedra anglického jazyka a literatury (41-KAJL)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/1, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / 59 (9999)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Petr Chalupský, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Petr Chalupský, Ph.D.
doc. PhDr. Markéta Malá, Ph.D.
PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D.
Pre-requisite : OPBA4A012A, OPBA4A021A, OPBA4A023A, OPBA4A031A, OPBA4A032A
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Annotation -
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (14.02.2024)
The course, which is designed for the future authors of Bc theses, aims at developing the productive and receptive skills associated with academic writing. It focuses on a critical approach to the sources, editing, and the basics of methodology and ethics of the disciplines which the students will explore in their Bc theses. Topics 1. English academic writing – aims, motivation, professional ethics, specific features. 2. The structure of academic texts, argumentation. 3. Research in literature. 4. Linguistic research. 5. Socio-cultural research. 6. The phases of writing an academic text (the process approach). 7. The literature and sources. 8. Citation guidelines (MLA). 9. Paraphrasing and plagiarism. 10. Academic lexis.
Aim of the course -
Last update: MALAM7CF (22.01.2023)

The main goal of the seminar is to prepare students for exploring a novel topic individually and independently.

The seminar builds students’ awareness of the literature, sources, methods and materials which they will rely on when writing their Bc thesis, and of the features of academic writing. During the semester, the students will select the topic of their Bc thesis, contact the potential supervisor, and formulate the description of the thesis.

Literature - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (14.02.2024)

MCCARTHY, Michael a Felicity O'DELL. Academic Vocabulary in use: 50 Units of Academic Vocabulary Reference and Practice: Self-study and Classroom Use. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-521-68939-7.

WALLWORK, Adrian. English for Academic Research – Writing Exercises. London: Springer, 2013. ISBN 978-1461442974.

BAILEY, Stephen. Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (3rd edition). London: Routledge, 2011. ISBN 978-0415595810.

HOGUE, Ann. First Steps in Academic Writing (2nd edition). London: Longman, 2007. ISBN 978-0132414883.

JORDAN, R. R. Academic Writing Course: Study Skills in English. 3rd ed. Harlow: Longman, 1999. ISBN 0-582-40019-8.

STEPHENS, M. Longman Exam Skills: Proficiency Reading. London: Pearson English Language Teaching, 2002. ISBN 978-05-8252-997-7.

+ Dle tématu bakalářské práce.

Teaching methods -
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (14.02.2024)

1. Introductory seminars for all students enrolled on the course

2. Students’ individual consultations with the potential Bc thesis supervisors, selection of a suitable topic, formulation of the thesis assignment

3. Students’ individual presentations of their topics at the seminar

4. Presence at Student conference

Syllabus -
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (14.02.2024)

1. The basic steps of preparing and writing the Bc thesis. Selecting the field (literature, linguistics, cultural studies, translation) and the topic of the thesis. Formulating the description of the thesis and the assignment. The structure of the Bc thesis. Research questions and hypotheses. Sources and literature. 

2. Academic writing: the structure of the text, language, strategies. Working with sources, citation guidelines. 

3. Students’ individual consultations with the potential Bc thesis supervisors, researching the literature, selection of a suitable topic, formulation of the thesis assignment. Preparing the presentation of the Bc project. 

4. Presentation of the selected Bc thesis topics. 

5. Presence at the Student conference

Course completion requirements -
Last update: PhDr. Tereza Topolovská, Ph.D. (14.02.2024)

The students are required to

  • present the topic of their Bc thesis at the seminar (the general field of the thesis – literature, linguistics, culture studies, or translation – has to be selected by the end of the 9th week of the semester, and entered in Moodle),
  • submit a written proposal of the Bc thesis assignment (one week before the end of the summer term examination period in September at the latest)
  • attendance of the Student conference (online presence is allowed: March 16, online:, Meeting ID: 956 9291 9793)