Theses & Final Papers

The Department of Work, Organizational and Media Psychology offers the opportunity to write a bachelor’s, master’s, or diploma thesis. Theses may be written by students in the study programs Sociology, Social Economics, Business and Economics, Business Education, Business Informatics and Web Scienes. If interested, please contact an appropriate member of our research team directly.

 

The following is a general overview of the process of writing a thesis in our department. You will also find an overview of the requirements that must be met in accordance with the different study programs in order to submit a thesis in the field of Work, Organizational and Media Psychology. For more detailed information, please contact the Department of Examination and Recognition Services.

 

Requirements and procedure

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Recommendations for the successful completion of a thesis

  • Basic knowledge of statistics and SPSS
    Completion of course “UE Quantitative Research” or equivalent knowledge
  • English language skills for the purpose of reading scientific literature

Methods Check

An empirical thesis is the result of a gradual process during which you will acquire a wide variety of content, methodological, and statistical knowledge. The following questions were collected to give you an idea of what basic skills we expect from you and what concepts you should be familiar with. At the beginning of your thesis-writing process, it is necessary to fill out this Methods Check and give it to your prospective advisor.

Procedure for writing a diploma or master’s thesis

  1. Examination of your motivation to write an empirical, psychologically-oriented work
  2. First contact with prospective advisor and agreement on thesis topic
  3. Completion of a roughly 15-page written exposé
  4. Final decision of the advisor about acceptance or refusal of the thesis
  5. Completion of the proposed research project by the student
  6. Attendance of the accompanying Master’s Thesis Seminar (check the curriculum of your field of study for details)
  7. Completion of the thesis text
  8. Submission of the final thesis in PDF (including data files) to the advisor
  9. Submission of two printed copies of the thesis to the Department of Examination and Recognition Services, which will forward these to your advisor to be graded

 

Requirements by field of study

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If in doubt, please consult the official curricula of the individual fields of study!

 

Bachelor’s theses

Sociology

Completion of at least 6 ECTS from the supplementary elective “Business Psychology”

The elective “Business Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), SE Market and Economic Psychology (4 ECTS) and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

Social Economics

Completion of at least 9 ECTS in the context of elective courses.

The following courses are available:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Social Psychology 1 (3 ECTS), SE Social Psychology 1 (4 ECTS), KS Social Psychology 2 (3 ECTS), SE Social Psychology 2 (4 ECTS), KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), SE Market and Economic Psychology (4 ECTS) and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

 

Master’s theses

Sociology

Completion of the field of study “Work Psychology” in “Major Field of Study 8: Industry, Company, Labor” or completion of courses from the supplementary electives “Work Psychology”, “Organizational Psychology” or “Business Psychology” to the extent of at least 6 ECTS.

• The elective “Work Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)

The elective “Organizational Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)

The elective “Business Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), SE Market and Economic Psychology (4 ECTS) and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

In addition, a Master’s Thesis Seminar (6 ECTS) must be attended.

Web Sciences

You must choose the study branch “Social Web.” In addition, the Master’s Thesis Seminar in Work, Organizational and Media Psychology (1 ECTS) must be attended.

 

Diploma Theses

Sociology (expires 30.9.2015)

Completion of the course of study “Business Psychology” in the second stage of study

The subject “Business Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), SE Market and Economic Psychology (4 ECTS) and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

Social Economics (expires 30.9.2015)

Completion of at least 6 semester hours in the field of psychology as part of the elective courses.

The following courses (2 semester hours each) are available:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Social Psychology 1 (3 ECTS), SE Social Psychology 1 (4 ECTS), KS Social Psychology 2 (3 ECTS), SE Social Psychology 2 (4 ECTS), KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), SE Market and Economic Psychology (4 ECTS) and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

Economics (expires 30.9.2015)

Completion of the module “Work and Organizational Psychology” or “Social Psychology” (at least 12 ECTS) within the Complementary Courses.

The module “Work and Organizational Psychology” includes the following courses (each 2 semester hours):

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Social Psychology 1 (3 ECTS) and KS Social Psychology 2 (3 ECTS)

The module “Social Psychology” includes the following courses:

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • Other courses (offered by the Department of Social and Economic Psychology): KS Social Psychology 1 (3 ECTS) and KS Social Psychology 2 (3 ECTS), KS Market and Economic Psychology (3 ECTS), and SE Market Psychology (4 ECTS)

Business Education (valid from 01.10.2015)

Completion of the field of study “Education and Psychology”

Business Informatics  (expires 30.9.2015)

Completion of at least 8 semester hours from the module “Sociology of Technology and Psychology” in the second stage of study

• The module “Sociology of Technology and Psychology” includes the following courses (2 semester hours each)

  • KS Work and Organizational Psychology (3 ECTS)
  • SE Organizational Psychology (4 ECTS)
  • SE Work Psychologie (3 ECTS)

 

Guidelines for scientific papers

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Scientific works written for the Department of Work, Organizational and Media Psychology (i.e. term papers for courses as well as bachelor’s theses, master’s theses, and dissertations) should all conform to the formal guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Furthermore, the gender guidelines of the Johannes Kepler University and the guidelines of good scientific practice at the Johannes Kepler University should be followed.

Information on scientific writing

  • Bem, D. J. (2002). Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darly, M. P. Zanna & H. L. Roediger (Hrsg.), complete academic: A career guide Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. [pdf]
  • Buchner, A. (2004). Zur Gestaltung von Haus- und Diplomarbeiten. Düsseldorf: Heinrich Heine Universität. [pdf]
  • Gnambs, T., Selenko E. & Wiesner, A. (2008): Richtlinien zur Gestaltung von wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten. Universität Linz. [pdf] [doc]
  • Sonnentag, S. (2006). Abschlussarbeiten und Dissertationen in der angewandten psychologischen Forschung. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Information on statistics and research methods

  • Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., Plinke, W. & Weiber, R. (2010). Multivariate Analysemethoden: Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung. Berlin: Springer.
  • Bühl, A. (2011). SPSS 20. Einführung in die moderne Datenanalyse. Pearson Studium.
  • Bortz, J. & Döring, N. (2006). Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler. Berlin: Springer.
  • Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Huber, O. (2009). Das psychologische Experiment: Eine Einführung. Bern: Huber.
  • Hussy, W. & Jain, A. (2002). Experimentelle Hypothesenprüfung in der Psychologie. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
  • Jannsen, J. & Laatz, W. (2013). Statistische Datenanalyse mit SPSS. Berlin: Springer. [online].
  • Rasch, B., Friese, M., Hofmann, W. & Naumann, E. (2010). Quantitative Methoden. Einführung in die Statistik (Bd 1 & 2). Heidelberg: Springer.

 

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