In the table of contents, list all of your chapters and their page numbers the table of contents ensures that the reader of your dissertation has an overview and can see on which page a certain chapter begins, navigating the document with more ease put all parts of your dissertation in the. Methods often the easiest part of the thesis to write outlines which method you chose and why (your methodology) what, when, where, how and why you did what you did to get your results here are some sample methods. The abstract should summarise the main contents of your thesis, especially the thesis statement, but does not need to cover every aspect of the main text the main objective is to a good outline shows how the different parts relate to each other, and is a useful guide for the reader it often makes sense to. Contents: guidelines for writing a thesis or dissertation, linda childers hon, phd outline for empirical master's theses, kurt kent, phd how to actually complete a thesis: segmenting, scheduling, and rewarding of the thesis doctoral students discuss their dissertation proposal as part of their qualifying exam. The table of contents should not contain listings for the pages that precede it, but it must list all parts of the thesis or dissertation that follow it if relevant, be sure to list all appendices and a references section in your table of contents include page numbers for these items but do not assign separate chapter numbers. Table of contents page introduction 3 11 structure of dissertation 3 typing and presentation format 6 referencing format (in the text) 7 14 referencing format (in the 'references' at end of b) if you are including the author's name as part of your sentence you can put the date in brackets after it as follows.
Formulate a clear question that your dissertation seeks to answer have a workable plan it is much easier to plan the work in sequence and to set yourself targets for the completion of the separate parts (see the section on getting started with the dissertation) have you mapped out the content of each of your chapters. What types of information should you include in your introduction in the introduction of your thesis, you'll be trying to do three main things, which are called moves: move 1 establish your territory (say what the topic is about) move 2 establish a niche (show why there needs to be further research on your topic) move 3. Another is that you write these three thesis/report components last yes, that's right – you write the introduction and abstract last – after you have written the entire report or thesis contents (you can be stubborn and write them first if you like just be prepared to do them twice, because you'll find they have to.
Parts comprise the standard document format: • pretext pages (see table of contents blocked quotes: use blocked quotes for quoted material longer than three lines use the same font size as within the text regardless of general format, the thesis includes particular parts in an established order as. Introduction: setting the stage provide the readers knowledge about the content and answer the question: what is this piece of work about by giving the reader a short precise presentation of the content of your work, including the motivation for your study: what are you inquiring (object/subject of investigation) – how and in. The introduction should be focused on the thesis question(s) all cited work should be directly relevent to the goals of the thesis this is not a place to summarize everything you have ever read on a subject explain the scope of your work, what will and will not be included a verbal road map or verbal table of contents.
School psychology doctoral program dissertation outline 1 final version 6/2/ 2006 instructions: double underline means the item should be a title or heading in your dissertation do not deviate from the order of headings unless explicitly directed to do so by your dissertation chair do not limit the dissertation to these. When writing a dissertation or thesis, the results and discussion sections can be both the most interesting as well as the most challenging sections to write you may choose to write these sections separately, or combine them into a single chapter, depending on your university's guidelines and your own preferences.
Title page abstract acknowledgements contents page(s) introduction materials and methods or literature review results or sources and methods discussion or findings conclusions the examiners will therefore assess your abstract both as part of your thesis, and as a potentially independent document it can be. Acknowledgment (optional: the page is counted, and the number is not printed) 6 abstract (required: first page with a printed appropriate preliminary page number counted as page iii without optional pages count all pages prior to this page for the appropriate numbering) 7 table of contents (required:. The table of contents should contain the title and beginning page number of everything that follows it: acknowledgements, book parts, chapters, sections, list of references, etc if some chapter titles are too long, consider choosing alternative short titles to be used in the table of contents do not. Do not type a section heading at the top of the second or subsequent pages of the table of contents the word continued should appear at the bottom of the previous page if possible, begin the second page with a chapter title or a level one heading (rather than a lower level heading) or with bibliography.
In the preface, you inform the reader about your experiences during the writing of your dissertation you can also use the preface to help the reader get started and to thank people who have helped you with your dissertation table of contents parts of the preface difference between preface and. Dissertation or thesis normally you will have an introduction, a literature review, methods, the research results and then your conclusion you will also have to write an abstract the literature review chapter(s) is an important part of your dissertation or the table of content and must end with a list of not more than ten key.