Management-1-writing a thesis - Writing a Final Year Thesis...

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Writing a Final Year Thesis Joe Kiniry School of Computer Science and Informatics University College Dublin
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Introduction your final year thesis is probably the biggest report-like thing you have ever written you are probably anxious about this this talk reviews the thesis writing process, the thesis content, and extra materials disclaimer: this is my advice as a thesis writer, reader, advisor, and typographer your supervisor has the final say
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The Process
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Background Research reading required materials is not research research is the discovery or creation of new knowledge keep an annotated bibliography of everything you read summarize the relevant materials’ content and provide justification for your choices
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Writing Tools Microsoft Word poor layout, “easy” use, proprietary OpenOffice for poor layout, “free”, open format LaTeX and BibTeX beautiful layout, free, lets one focus on content rather than presentation
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Your Laboratory Notebook as you work on your project, take notes of your thoughts, activities, goals, discoveries every day you work try to write a paragraph about your current focus connect different thoughts with dependencies and implications your notebook is likely your most important resource
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Writing and Rewriting your lab notebook is a fertile source of ideas, paragraphs, and other bits and pieces plan on throwing away more than you keep rewrite the thesis at least three times print out and hand-edit with a (red) pen do not edit on screen!
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Your Abstract write an initial version first to provide a top-level summary of your intentions ensure that it is no longer than a paragraph rewrite after your detailed outline is done write anew after your 2nd draft write final version after thesis is complete
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BUS 10001 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.

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