Take an integrated, down-to-earth approach. From proposal to examination, producing a dissertation or thesis is a challenge. Grounded in decades of experience with research training and supervision, this fully updated and revised edition draws on case studies and examples to guide you step-by-step towards productive success. Early chapters frame the tasks ahead and show you how to get started. From there, practical advice and illustrations take you through the elements of formulating research questions, working with software, and purposeful writing of each of the different kinds of chapters, and finishes with a focus on revision, dissemination and deadlines. How to Write a Better Thesis presents a cohesive approach to research that will help you on the road to success.
David Evans was Reader and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. Among his many books and articles is Restoring the Land (MUP).||Paul Gruba is Lecturer in Communication Skills at the Centre for Communication Skills and English as a Second Language, University of Melbourne.|Justin Zobel is Professor in the Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. He is also the author of Writing for Computer Science.
1 Introduction; 2 What's a thesis?; 3 Making a strong start; 4 Making your word processor work for you; 5 The introductory chapter; 6 The background chapters; 7 The chapter on design of your own work; 8 The results chapters; 9 The discussion or evaluation; 10 The conclusions; 11 Before you finally submit; 12 Disseminating your work; Appendix: some notes on writing and presentation; Bibliography; Index.