# B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses writing checklist

Find below a list of the most common mistakes made by our students. A more comprehensive list can be found here http://www.ausy.tu-darmstadt.de/HowTo/WritingChecklist.

MAKE SURE TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR ADVISOR WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO GET 1.0! IT IS YOUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU REALLY MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS.

• Either use American "A Really Awesome Thesis" or British "A really awesome thesis" and stick with it throughout the thesis. Do not mix.

## Writing

• Never place a comma before that
• Never use This 'alone', i.e., "This is stupid!" should be "This \$SUBJECT is stupid!"

## Equations

• Only add equation numbers if you also refer to them in the text
• Never use the \frac command in inline equations
• Never finish a section (or sub- or subsub sections) with an equation

## Figures

• all figures should be floating and have a long caption
• no pixelized graphics
• do not use figures from other people without permission

# Thesis Checklist

Please make sure that you have complied with all these points.

• We need 3 paper copies of your thesis.
• All thesis copies need to be accompanied by a CD with the actual thesis (as PDF) as well as all source code.
• Your thesis has to have your real signature under "Erklaerung der X Arbeit".
• Make sure it arrives in time.
• Check whether your thesis contains any of the mistakes in Writing Checklist.

# Templates

• Follow this instruction to install the TUD templates.
• For Ubuntu, follow these instructions and not these.
• If you get don't know how to create bitmap font for 5chri8r. mktexpk: perhaps 5chri8r is missing from the map file reinstall Latex from scratch.
• In order to get rid of all of these strange math fonts when you create a document with the TU-Design package, comment out line 17

\RequirePackage[bitstream-charter]{mathdesign} from /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/tuddesign/base/tudfonts.sty

• This will also fix the problems with the amssymb. You will be able to use it without any problem.

## Intermediate and Final Presentation

Use either the pptx template or the beamer template.

## Thesis

Use the latex template (kindly provided by Kevin Luck and Thomas Hesse).

## How to use them with LyX?

1. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/LyX-2.0/layouts or .lyx/layouts.