POST TITLE: UNDERSTANDING THE RUDIMENT OF THESIS/DISSERTATION PROJECT WRITING
In the academic sector, thesis/dissertation writing is one of the most technical and interesting. All the departments in Nigeria tertiary institutions and abroad usually engage in thesis writing. The main reason for this article is to educate undergraduate and post graduate students on the rudiment (first principles) of thesis/dissertation project writing.
The scope of this article is limited to the seven basic principles of thesis project writing viz:
- Check for the availability of research project materials
- You do a tentative working bibliography
- Master your grammar and vocabulary
- Understand the essential parts of a thesis
- Learn how to form your research hypothesis to solve the problem and ascertain your research questions
- Keep the tone neutral yet very assertive
- Watch your budget
Check for the availability of research project materials
Here you carry out a kind of feasibility study on the project topic(s) you are working on. Among all departments, the education department seems the populated. You can see departments under the faculty of education like accounting education, chemistry education, adult education, biology education, physics education, geography education, economics education, computer science education, mathematics education etc.
To check for availability of materials for your thesis project in any of the education departments, all you need to do is to type your research project topic at the end of your project topic add PDF then paste it on google. You will see a lot of journal that could be your exact project topic or closely related to your project topic. The above statement is not only limited to the education departments but also accounting, economics, banking and finance, human resource management, computer science etc. Download as much closely related topics to your approved project topics to your mobile phone or laptop. When you are now satisfied with the number of journals you have you can now proceed to the second principle of thesis project writing
You do a tentative working bibliography
Like I have explained in my last article on tentative working bibliography; this is a very important aspect of thesis project writing. The tentative working bibliography will serve as a guide for you not to write outside the scope of your thesis topic. When you are done with your tentative working bibliography you can now go to the third principle of thesis/dissertation project writing
Grammar and vocabulary
At this level of education as a thesis/dissertation student, your proficiency in the use of grammar is supposed to be excellent. You can choose to write your entire thesis project in American English or British English. Do all you can to avoid using the both in writing or you will be penalized by your project supervisor. The next principle you have to look at is:
To understand the essential part of a thesis project
When we are talking about essential part of a thesis project we mean the chapterization of the thesis project. You must know that a complete thesis/dissertation must have five chapters which are chapter one, chapter two, chapter three, chapter four and chapter five. The chapter one of the project will contain the background of the study, the problem statement, the aim and objectives of the study, the research questions, and the statement of the hypothesis, the significance of the study, the scope of the study, the limitation of the study and the definition of terms. The chapter two of the project will consist of the conceptual frame work, the theoretical frame work, the empirical review and the summary of the literature. The chapter three contains the research methodology. The chapter four of the thesis project will contain the data presentation, data analysis, interpretation and discussion of findings. The chapter five of the thesis project will contain the summary conclusion, the recommendation and suggestion for further studies.
Learn how to form your research hypothesis to solve the problem and ascertain your research questions
Here you should try to form hypothesis one for each research question. If there is no hypothesis per research questions, the validity of the research question will not be ascertained.
Keep the tone neutral yet very assertive
When I say tone neutral yet assertive I mean in the area of questionnaire formation for primary data analysis; the questionnaires should be form in such a way that you are seeking for responses from people at the same forcing them to agree to your bidding in order to favour the variable you want to achieve your project objectives.
Watch your budget
The budget here is to set aside a particular fund for the completion of the thesis project so as to avoid much limitation while carrying out your research.