BBCi_Style Guide for Bachelor Papers

BBCi_Style Guide for Bachelor Papers - Business Consultancy...

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- 1 - Business Consultancy International (BCi) STYLE GUIDE for BACHELOR PAPERS Approved by: Robert Pichler Last Update: March 2017
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- 2 - Writing is easy. You just have to leave out the wrong words . - Mark Twain
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- 3 - PREFACE The present style guide is meant to help bachelor students write well-structured and academically sound bachelor papers in the course of their studies in the Business Consultancy International degree programme at the Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt. The style guide discusses the specific features of a bachelor paper, provides recommendations on writing style and text organisation and includes guidelines on layout and style of referencing. What is also included, is information on the terms and regulations of the bachelor paper process in the BCi programme with regards to paper submission, assignment of supervisors, presentation of findings and criteria of paper evaluation. The contents of the style guide relate to the “ Academic Skills I and Academic Skills II courses which are taught respectively in the 3rd and 4th semester of the bachelor degree programme. The referencing and quotation guidelines are based on the Chicago Manual of Style, Edition 16 (Author-Date).
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- 4 - TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE 3 1 GENERAL FEATURES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE BACHELOR PAPER 6 2 KEY REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS 6 2.1 A IMS OF B ACHELOR P APER I AND II 6 2.2 T IMELINES AND D EADLINES 6 2.3 S UBMISSION P ROCEDURE VIA ETIS 6 2.4 D EPARTMENT C OORDINATORS 6 3 STEPS OF THE BACHELOR PAPER PROCESS 7 3.1 T OPIC S UBMISSION 7 3.2 A SSIGNMENT AND R ESPONSIBILITIES OF S UPERVISORS 7 3.3 S UBMISSION OF THE R ESEARCH P ROPOSAL 7 3.4 S UBMISSION OF THE F INAL B ACHELOR P APER 8 3.5 P RESENTATION OF B ACHELOR P APER I 8 3.6 A BSTRACTS & D ECLARATION OF I NTEGRITY 8 4 STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS OF THE BACHELOR PAPER 8 4.1 O VERVIEW OF S TRUCTURAL E LEMENTS 9 4.2 K EY P RINCIPLES FOR S TRUCTURING A CADEMIC P APERS 10 5 FORMAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE BACHELOR PAPER 11 5.1 G ENERAL P AGE S ETTINGS 11 5.2 S PACING 11 5.3 F ONT S TYLE AND S IZE 11 5.4 O RTHOGRAPHY 11 5.5 I NDENTATION 11 5.6 P UNCTUATION 12 5.7 C OLOUR 12 5.8 F IGURES AND T ABLES 12 5.9 P AGE N UMBERING 13 6 QUOTATIONS 13 6.1 P LAGIARISM 13 6.2 G ENERAL R ULES 13
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- 5 - 6.3 D IRECT Q UOTATIONS 13 6.4 I NDIRECT Q UOTATIONS 14 6.5 Q UOTATIONS FROM A S ECONDARY S OURCE 14 6.6 I N - TEXT R EFERENCES 15 6.7 F OOTNOTES 16 7 BIBLIOGRAPHY 16 7.1 S TRUCTURE AND L AYOUT 16 7.2 F ORMATS FOR D IFFERENT T YPES OF B IBLIOGRAPHICAL E NTRIES 17 7.3 M ISSING INFORMATION 18 7.4 G ENERAL N OTE ON E LECTRONIC S OURCES 19 7.5 R EFERENCE M ANAGEMENT S OFTWARE 19 8 EVALUATION AND GRADING 19 8.1 E VALUATION C RITERIA 19 9 ADDITIONAL REMARKS 20 9.1 K EEPING BP II C ONFIDENTIAL 20 9.2 P UBLICATION OF B ACHELOR P APERS 21 10 FURTHER READINGS 21 11 APPENDIX 22
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- 6 - 1 GENERAL FEATURES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE BACHELOR PAPER A bachelor paper is a work of academic character through which students demonstrate their ability to work independently on a study-relevant topic within a given time frame and to compile a paper that adheres to scientific standards with regards to form and content.
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