Did you have the task to write a semester work and do not know what particulars to include? In this article you will learn basic information about semestral work and its formal, content and structural adjustment.
Semestral work is the output of a student at a university. It is also called credit or coursework. It is similar to a seminar paper, but the difference can be found in the scope and structure of the semester paper reflects the student’s knowledge acquired during the course. Semestral works are assigned with the aim to practice and improve the acquired knowledge of students, to express their own opinion and to incorporate it appropriately into work.
Semestral work is a pre-preparation for writing a thesis, in which the student will learn how to properly search for literature for a given topic of a semestral work, how to correctly quote, whether to paraphrase the contents of the literature used, and then how to correctly write this literature in the bibliographic references.
It is good to know that each school has its own requirements for semester work, and therefore we cannot say with certainty that these formal, structural and content features are universal for each type of semester work.
Form, structure and content of semestral work
- Formal adjustment
First of all, the semester work must include a title page. According to the special requirements of individual universities or faculties, the term paper may contain an abstract and a list of abbreviations.
Formally, the semester work must include a list of used literature and a list of attachments.
As far as the edges are concerned, in most cases, the left margin is 3.5 cm, the right margin is 2 cm, the top and bottom edges are 2.5 cm.
For the text itself, Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 spacing, Justify text alignment is used.
The page numbering in the semestral work is mostly aligned at the heel to center, font size 10, alignment 1.
The elaboration of the semestral work is mostly in the 1st person of the plural (so-called author’s plural)
Content and structure
The main text of the semestral work can be divided into an introduction, a core, a conclusion, a list of used literature and a list of attachments. Introduction and conclusion is written after writing the core of the work. The core of the semestral work is further divided into chapters and subchapters.
According to standarts semester work has a range of 15-20 pages, but in most cases the scope of work is determined by the teacher.
The elaboration of the semestral work is in the 1st person of the plural (so-called author’s plural).
The mentioned paraphrase or quoted text and the list of bibliographic references must be correctly reported according to the current standards.