Writing The Thesis Or Dissertation

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Questions to ask yourself when writing an expository thesis statement:

Youwrote that line of code for a reason: at the end of the line explain what the reason is.)You have probably read the theses of previous students in the lab where you are now working, so you probably know the advantages of a clearly explained, explicit thesis and/or the disadvantages of a vague one.


The Thesis/Dissertation Defense

What a terrible name - a . It seems to suggest somesort of war that you're trying to win. And, of course, with four or fiveof them and only one of you it sounds like they may have won the war beforethe first battle is held. I wish they had called it a dissertation seminaror professional symposium. I think the name would have brought forwarda much better picture of what should be expected at this meeting.


How should it be written?Your thesis is a research report.

It may also be appropriate to ask other members of staff to read some sections of the thesis which they may find relevant or of interest, as they may be able to make valuable contributions.

The readers of a thesis do not know what the "answer" is.

27. If you are including a Conclusions/Implications section in yourdissertation make sure you really present conclusions and implications.Often the writer uses the conclusions/implications section to merely restatethe research findings. Don't waste my time. I've already read the findingsand now, at the Conclusion/Implication section, I want you to help me understandwhat it all means. This is a key section of the dissertation and is sometimesbest done after you've had a few days to step away from your research andallow yourself to put your research into perspective. If you do this youwill no doubt be able to draw a variety of insights that help link yourresearch to other areas. I usually think of conclusions/implications asthe "So what" statements. In other words, what are the key ideasthat we can draw from your study to apply to my areas of concern.

Obviously your examiners will read the thesis.

It is often helpful to have someone other than your adviser(s) read some sections of the thesis, particularly the introduction and conclusion chapters.

The short answer is: rather more than for a scientific paper.

25. Another simple rule - if you have a whole series of very similartables try to use similar words in describing each. Don't try andbe creative and entertaining with your writing. If each introduction anddiscussion of the similar tables uses very similar wording then the readercan easily spot the differences in each table.