Course detail

Diploma Project – Concept

FSI-ZD1Acad. year: 2023/2024

The first of courses focused on preparation of students for independent professional, scientific or creative activities leading to successful elaboration and defense of the diploma thesis. Attention is paid mainly to the elaboration of research or development project proposal, according to which the diploma thesis will be made. Emphasis is placed on mastering the methodology of research work and development of critical thinking. The course is followed by Diploma Project - Literature and Objectives, Diploma Project - Methods and Results and Diploma Project - Results and Discussion.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

- knowledge acquired during the bachelor's and master's studies, which are relevant to the selected topic of the diploma thesis.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Conditions for granting the credit:
- active participation in exercises (min. 10 out of 20 points),
- elaboration of the diploma thesis project (min. 25 out of 50 points),
- discourse of the project and discussion (min. 15 out of 30 points).

Lectures: attendance is mandatory and controlled by the teacher.
Exercises: participation is mandatory and controlled by the teacher.
Maximum of two absences are allowed in total. In case of long-term absence, compensation for missed classes is in the competence of the course guarantor.


Students will be able to methodologically correctly process research or development project, which represents structured ideological and technical plan for its implementation.
- Ability to define theoretical framework of the project.
- Ability to set a research goal and formulate a research question.
- Ability to think critically.
- Presentation skills.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

DIETER, George Ellwood a Linda C. SCHMIDT. Engineering design. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2013. ISBN 978-0-07-339814-3. (EN)

Recommended reading

EVANS, David, Paul GRUBA a Justin ZOBEL. How to write a better thesis [online]. Third edition. Heidelberg: Springer, [2014] [cit. 2019-08-29]. ISBN 978-3-319-04286-2. Dostupné z: (EN)
KAPOUNOVÁ, Jana a Pavel KAPOUN. Bakalářská a diplomová práce: od zadání po obhajobu. Praha: Grada, 2017. ISBN 978-80-271-0079-8. (CS)
ŠIROKÝ, Jan. Tvoříme a publikujeme odborné texty. Brno: Computer Press, 2011. ISBN 978-80-251-3510-5. (CS)

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-PDS-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme N-KSI-P Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



4 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- The relationship between science, engineering, research and experimental development.
- The essence of scientific and engineering methods.
- The aim of the diploma thesis and the role of the supervisor and the student in its elaboration.
- Research and development project.


14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Formulation of the topic, research problem (customer needs and opportunities) and basic terminology.
- Current state of problem solving.
- The aim of the work. Research question and hypothesis (product requirements).
- Process and methods of solution (conceptual design).
- Schedule.
- Expected results and their use.

Computer-assisted exercise

2 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


- Information and electronic information sources.