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 When the student plans their classes for the academic year (and has them registered in SIS), they should also register for the three pseudo-courses reflecting their work on the thesis: NSZZ023 Diploma Thesis I, NSZZ024 Diploma Thesis II and NSZZ025 Diploma Thesis III. At the end of the summer semester they will (hopefully) get the credits (in SIS) from their supervisor. This is not directly connected with the fact that the thesis will be (can be) defended. The credits just reflect the fact that the student has invested significant time and effort into doing the research and preparing the thesis. The supervisor will not be able to award the credits if SIS does not know that the student wants them, i.e. if the student has not registered for these pseudo-courses! While the registration can be completed just before the submission of the thesis, it may complicate the situation because the assistance of the student office is needed, the staff may be out of office (vacation time!), you may be traveling from the other end of Europe, trying to find all the people and get all the signatures within one afternoon etc. When the student plans their classes for the academic year (and has them registered in SIS), they should also register for the three pseudo-courses reflecting their work on the thesis: NSZZ023 Diploma Thesis I, NSZZ024 Diploma Thesis II and NSZZ025 Diploma Thesis III. At the end of the summer semester they will (hopefully) get the credits (in SIS) from their supervisor. This is not directly connected with the fact that the thesis will be (can be) defended. The credits just reflect the fact that the student has invested significant time and effort into doing the research and preparing the thesis. The supervisor will not be able to award the credits if SIS does not know that the student wants them, i.e. if the student has not registered for these pseudo-courses! While the registration can be completed just before the submission of the thesis, it may complicate the situation because the assistance of the student office is needed, the staff may be out of office (vacation time!), you may be traveling from the other end of Europe, trying to find all the people and get all the signatures within one afternoon etc.
  
-===== Preparation of the thesis =====+===== Preparation of the thesis ​and its submission ​===== 
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 +There are official templates and instructions,​ see http://​www.mff.cuni.cz/​to.en/​studium/​bcmgr/​prace/,​ especially **Guidelines for Writing a Master Thesis** https://​www.mff.cuni.cz/​to.en/​studium/​bcmgr/​prace/​dp_pruvodce.htm (this page also summarizes links with respectíve **university regulations**). If you order the binding in Prague, the stores typically know how the product should look like, so they will only ask you your name and the name of the faculty. You will have to submit three hardcopies of the thesis: one for the supervisor, one for the opponent and one for the library. The hardcopy for the library must also contain the original assignment, signed and stamped from the dean's office (at this time it is probably being kept for you by Ms. Brdičková – see above). The hardcopies typically also contain a **CD/DVD** with the electronic version of the text (PDF) and all data and software that you created during the work, including documentation and possibly third-party software, if it is relevant and redistributable.  
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 +The **submission deadline** is specified in the Academic calendar https://​www.mff.cuni.cz/​to.en/​studium/​obecne/​harm.htm . The hardcopies are submitted to Ms. Brdičková (secretary of ÚFAL); you must also upload the electronic version to the SIS (and all uploads are time-stamped,​ so any violation of the deadlines will be visible there). The deadline for the hardcopies is slightly less strict. If the official deadline is Friday, you have to upload the electronic version to SIS at or before 23:59 that day; however, bringing the hardcopies to ÚFAL at Friday evening does not make sense, there won't be anybody here anyway. If you are not able to come earlier, ask Ms. Brdičková whether you can bring the hardcopies on Monday morning. 
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 +**Note that you have to finish all your courses and get necessary credits before you are allowed to submit your diploma thesis and/or registered for the state exam.** 
  
-There are official templates and instructions,​ see http://​www.mff.cuni.cz/​to.en/​studium/​bcmgr/​prace/,​ especially http://​www.mff.cuni.cz/​to.en/​studium/​bcmgr/​prace/​dp_uprava_en.pdf. If you order the binding in Prague, the stores typically know how the product should look like, so they will only ask you your name and the name of the faculty. You will have to submit three hardcopies of the thesis: one for the supervisor, one for the opponent and one for the library. The hardcopy for the library must also contain the original assignment, signed and stamped from the dean's office (at this time it is probably being kept for you by Ms. Brdičková – see above). The hardcopies typically also contain a **CD/DVD** with the electronic version of the text (PDF) and all data and software that you created during the work, including documentation and possibly third-party software, if it is relevant and redistributable. The hardcopies are submitted to Ms. Brdičková (secretary of ÚFAL); you must also upload the electronic version to the SIS (and all uploads are time-stamped,​ so any violation of the deadlines will be visible there). The deadline for the hardcopies is slightly less strict. If the official deadline is Friday, you have to upload the electronic version to SIS at or before 23:59 that day; however, bringing the hardcopies to ÚFAL at Friday evening does not make sense, there won't be anybody here anyway. If you are not able to come earlier, ask Ms. Brdičková whether you can bring the hardcopies on Monday morning. 
  
 You should follow the instructions for the thesis formatting as strictly as possible; however, some slight deviations commonly occur for LCT students and are tolerated. You can have your other university'​s name and logo on the title page. If you have co-supervisor from the other university, you can include their name as well. For the purpose of defense at Charles University, you should show your CUNI supervisor (i.e. the one that is indicated at your CUNI official assignment) as the main one. Name your CUNI supervisor on the abstract page. You should follow the instructions for the thesis formatting as strictly as possible; however, some slight deviations commonly occur for LCT students and are tolerated. You can have your other university'​s name and logo on the title page. If you have co-supervisor from the other university, you can include their name as well. For the purpose of defense at Charles University, you should show your CUNI supervisor (i.e. the one that is indicated at your CUNI official assignment) as the main one. Name your CUNI supervisor on the abstract page.
  
 It is strongly recommended that the abstract in your thesis differs from the abstract in the official assignment. Even though in theory you could claim that you did exactly what was in the assignment, it is better to show the reviewer that it is not //just a copy.// Typically, the assignment is more vague because you do not know what exactly you will do after you see the results of the first experiments. In contrast, the abstract should summarize what you actually did. Even if your thesis closely matches the assignment, the abstract probably should highlight your main achievement(s) (e.g. “we were able to improve the state of the art by 50%”). It is strongly recommended that the abstract in your thesis differs from the abstract in the official assignment. Even though in theory you could claim that you did exactly what was in the assignment, it is better to show the reviewer that it is not //just a copy.// Typically, the assignment is more vague because you do not know what exactly you will do after you see the results of the first experiments. In contrast, the abstract should summarize what you actually did. Even if your thesis closely matches the assignment, the abstract probably should highlight your main achievement(s) (e.g. “we were able to improve the state of the art by 50%”).
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 ===== The defense ===== ===== The defense =====

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