Thesis Writing Essentials: The Graduate Students Companion
What you'll learn
- Writing the Introduction Chapter of a Thesis
- Writing the Literature Review Chapter of a Thesis
- Writing the Methodology Chapter of a Thesis
- Writing the Results and Discussion Chapter of a Thesis
- Writing the Conclusion and Recommendation Chapter of a Thesis
- Defending your Thesis
- Selecting a working and functioning Thesis Committee
- Understanding the role of the Thesis Supervisor
- Readiness to write the Thesis and move on (not become an ABD)
- A basic fluency in English
A significant number of students who start the PhD do not finish. Most of them quit at the dissertation stage. Putting together a committee, going through the research material, conducting a well-structured research work, putting together a cohesive and convincing document (the Thesis) and finally defending it, represent a daunting task to PhD students. Without any proper direction, most students just throw in the towel and quit. Do not quit, this course is for you.
After going through this course, you will see that it is not as bad as it looks or sounds. It has taken me a lot of time to put this together to support as many students as possible. I constantly get calls from students who attribute their ability to graduate to this course.
I call the course THESIS WRITING ESSENTIALS: THE GRADUATE STUDENTS COMPANION because that is what it has become. For students who took this course, it came to them as a gift. It became the invisible friend who guided theme throughout the entire writing process. I have received a lot of positive feedback from these students.
The best approach to writing your Thesis is to break the Chapters into smaller sections and know exactly what goes in each section. This course is a practical course that explains the content and give you actual examples of how to put the sections together.
This course provides a step-by-step guidance of how to effectively write the entire Thesis from the introductory chapter to the concluding chapter. After discussing the main content of a standard Thesis, the course takes the student through the process of conducting an extensive literature review to support the research process. After a step-by-step guide of how to write a convincing literature review chapter, the course dives into the other key chapters of the Thesis. A full discussion of what goes in the methodology chapter is discussed with specific examples from prior Thesis. The course then moves on to discuss how research results are presented in a Thesis focusing specifically on the structure of the results section. Following the results section is a presentation of how the findings of the study should be discussed paying particular attention to how the current study connects with previous studies and the implications of the new finding to research, policy, and practice. The course then discusses the value of a conclusion and recommendation chapter and concludes with how to effectively defend the thesis. The course ends with a discussion on selecting a functioning Thesis committee and the role of the Thesis supervisor is highlighted.
With all the examples provided in the course, you will have all the confidence and abilities to successfully write and defend your Thesis at the end of this course. If you are a doctoral student, this course will give you all the tools you need to effectively supervise your new set of graduate students with confidence in the early part of your academic career.
Who this course is for:
- Undergraduate and Graduate Students
- University Lecturers and Professors
- Academic Researchers
Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Georgia, USA. Dr. Baffour has over 24 years of teaching and research experience at major universities like the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Iowa Sate University. He currently coteach a research writing class at the University of Georgia and has supervised over 50 Theses/Dissertation in the last 10 years. Dr. Baffour holds a PHD in Civil Engineering with a minor in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA, USA.