Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Literature review plan and 'Writing a Thesis'

After meeting with Rafa and other project students yesterday, I had a look through the handout titled "Making a Strong Start" (from "How to Write a Better Thesis", Second Edition, David Evans, Paul Gruba. Melbourne University Press, 2002), and lecture slides on how to write academic introductions.

At the end of the chapter, the article summarizes the following about thesis structure:

The Standard Structure is composed of 4 parts:
  1. Introduction - Outline the problem and how you'll be tackling it, scope and how the thesis will be structured.
  2. Background chapters - Material required (essentially a literature review) prior to your work.
  3. An account of your own work - Begin with a formal statement of your hypotheses or research questions, propose a methodology to test your hypotheses (including reasoning for selection) and report the results.
  4. Synthesis - Discuss the implications of results, draw conclusions and modify existing theory (or create a new one).
I also had a look through another article ("Towards a Framework of Literature Review Process in Support of Information Systems Research", Yair Levy, Timothy J. Ellis, 2006 Informing Science and IT Education Joint Conference, 2006) for my literature review (and eventually for my actual Treatise).

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