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No notes for slide. Research and Thesis writing 1. Research models and methods 2. Developing a research proposal 3. Thesis Structure guidelines 3. Thesis writing and persuasion 3. Thesis structure guidelines This unit outlines and discusses the structure of a research thesis. There is no one right way to structure a thesis; instead, the structure will be influenced by the discipline you are working within, the questions you pose, the methodology and theoretical frameworks you use, and the issues you want to cover.
This unit will outline two common thesis structures and the internal structure of the chapters or sections of a thesis. Common thesis structures There are two broad categories of thesis structure which you might want to use or adapt to create your own structure. Type 1 — structure Type I is traditionally used in Science disciplines but is not restricted to these disciplines: it is used to report on research which is experimental in nature.
The thesis is organised into the follow chapters: Abstract Introduction Of course, all theses have sections such as a title page, table of contents, list of figures and, sometimes, an acknowledgments page which precede the main sections of the thesis.
Methods Results In some disciplines, the results and discussion section are combined within the one chapter. Discussion Learning objectives Conclusion This module will help you to: All theses have a bibliography or reference list following the conclusion. They may also have an appendix. Introduction chapter Each chapter has an introduction and conclusion and is clearly linked to other chapters of the thesis. Concluding chapter Each chapter in the above diagram will include its own introductory section, definitions of terms as well as its own conclusion.
Each will also have its own literature review related to the issue, although a slight variation on this pattern is to place all literature review material into one chapter immediately after the introductory chapter.
Remember that theses of all types have a title page, a table of contents and a bibliography or reference list. Where necessary, a thesis also has a list of figures, tables or diagrams. Writing Grant Proposals Writing Grant Proposals helps artists research, plan and write stronger grant proposals. AUD Cancellation and Refund Policy Participants are able to cancel their registration up to 7 days prior to the course start date by contacting NAVA. Reblogged this on Janene Carey. Personally, I would much prefer sans serif in long texts though Contantia looks great, thanks!
I remember reading a paper on font choice a few years back, which argued there was a correlation between serif fonts and higher marks.
Gave Baskerville a whirl, and sure enough, good marks. Thanks for this post, Janene. I think every PhD student goes through the font-procrastination phase, but for me this was an important moment of — as you say — polishing, and also of valuing the look and feel of my thesis document. For me Garamond was a more beautiful serif option than the ubiquitous and squishy TNR. It also made sense for the narrative approach of my thesis, as it was reminiscent of storybooks. Thank you, Janene. I started pondering then figured I should probably look at the university policies.
There is some good advice here, but also a few prejudices receiving confirmation. No one has been able to demonstrate a definitive relation between reading speeds and serifs — in general.
My private theory is that the omnipresence of sans serif body texts in many dull academic textbooks, has prejudiced us against their use. One needs to be practical, however. Most academics in my experience have a conservative attitude to type this post is a good example , so why irritate them by setting your thesis in Comic Sans?
It should support the text, be subservient to it, not jump out. Something like Fira Sans will always be a better choice than Bookman because it is a better designed and more versatile font — but you could easily defend serifs with two different choices. But most importantly: suit your typeface to the task it is supposed to perform. Constantia is a fine choice in principle, but not so much if you have a lot of alternating italic and regular text, because the contrast between regular and italic is insufficient in that case.
If you have a new header or several on each page, you may want to used variations Bold, caps, etc. This is not my website and I do not have any control over the font used here. It is probably whatever came with the particular WordPress theme Inger chose when she first began the Thesis Whisperer site.
Furthermore, the post is on a website, not on a printed page. San serif is very commonly used for text display on screens due to the fact that screens have much lower resolution than print. Lower resolution means the little serifs are less clear, making the font less legible. Had hoped for humourous response. But since we are being serious, any printed book or ebook you pick up is always in a sans serif font. The font question needs to be resolved by the examining institutions whom should stipulate their preferred font and negate this confusion for students.
Thanks for this article — the timing is perfect for me as I am writing my 5th chapter and realised too late that I should have had a set template before I started writing! I like the suggestion re Constantia and have just started using it, including adjusting the numerals to be lining thank you Google. I am now cobbling together my style template but would really welcome suggestions for a MS Word template for a humanities PhD thesis that actually looks clean and has all the functionality needed. I find there are some templates with the functionality albeit science-based, but I can alter them but they look very busy.
Grateful for some advice. You can keep it quite simple, just defining Heading 1, 2, 3 and maybe 4, a paragraph style, a style for indented quotes, a reference style. If you are comfortable with section breaks, headers and footers, setting up the front matter with the page numbers appearing correctly is not difficult.