Student Thesis

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You want to begin a several month lasting project? Actually these guidelines fit well the SE bachelor/master theses, but can be used for other things too.

Services involved

  1. Start an appropriate project.
    • It depends on you whether you invite your advisor. It eases communication, but you become less independent.
  2. We suggest you use:
    • Subversion -- essential to prevent data loss, my be working with others
    • Trac -- in case you want to structure your workload (but organization on paper typically is also efficient, as you are alone)
    • MediaWiki (internal) -- for collecting knowledge of any kind
    • ppt2eps -- helps mapping powerpoint figures to documentation (this is better than mapping any other format to Powerpoint, which is then not editible.)

Initial setup

  1. Download the X template and commit it into your subversion repository
  2. Use the trac (or paper) to plan your thesis
    • Break your problem into several subproblems and create a ticket for each one of it
    • Create milestones for implementation, related work, writing time, etc.
    • Discuss the work breakdown structure and milestones with your advisor.
  3. Extend the make file in order to generate eps/pdf files from your ppt slides with the ppt2eps OSTP service
  4. For tracking your performance you can let calculate some statistics of your implementation and/or latex project and publish it in the internal wiki for your supervisor with the wikibot (advanced)
    • This helps keeping you focused, because even a long lasting project needs you to stay tuned.

Send us feedback to improve/extend this scenario

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