How does the evaluation of a bachelor thesis work?

A bachelor thesis is always censored by two examiners. Once by the chosen supervisor and by a so-called second corrector. The total censorship is determined from the arithmetic mean of both grades. If both reviewers deviate from one another in their assessment, a third expert is consulted.

For grading several criteria are relevant. This includes the formalities, such as spelling and grammar, the linguistic expression but also the adherence to the formatting prescribed by the university or the chair. It also evaluates whether quotations are reproduced correctly and that foreign words are clearly delineated by one’s own ideas.

A particularly important criterion is of course the content of the work. Attention is paid to whether the question posed in the beginning has been answered plausibly, whether the argument is conclusive and comprehensible, and whether the results are consistent and clearly formulated.

What is the colloquium?

The bachelor thesis and the colloquium form the conclusion of the study. The bachelor thesis is a written work demonstrating that the student can independently work on a scientific question. In the colloquium, the work is orally presented to an auditorium and defended. For this purpose, a presentation (usually with the help of power point) is made and the theses and results of the work are presented. Here, questions from the auditorium and the professor have to be answered or individual aspects of the work can be presented and discussed here.

How exactly the colloquium runs and who is here present, is regulated by the examination regulations of the respective university, a nationwide uniform regulation does not exist here. Usually, the colloquium is held by a professor, who determines which services have to be provided exactly here. Often the colloquium should help the students on the way to the bachelor thesis and promotes the exchange between the bachelor candidates or gives tips for writing the work.