In an experimental thesis, the Materials and Methods chapter is often the easiest to write – just write down what you did; carefully, formally and in a logical order.
A great example of how thesis papers, dissertations, and articles can be like a conversation can be found by reading Carol Steiker's, "No, Capital Punishment is Not Morally Required." It was written in response to an article by Sunstein and Vermule titled, "Is Capital Punishment Morally Required?" Steiker critiques their article and offers counter-arguments, contributing meaningfully to the ongoing discussion about that topic.
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2001.)DownloadsPhysical Flood Vulnerability of Residential Propertiesin Coastal, Eastern EnglandIlan Kelman's PhD DissertationDownload a summary with the title page, abstract, and table of contents (8 pages):Summary in Word Format.
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Don't do anything else until you have written a brilliant, thorough literature review. Do not make the mistake of writing the introduction first. You have nothing to introduce yet! Only someone who has reviewed all the recent literature about a topic is qualified to plan a thesis paper about that topic.
Let's say three. Three is a good number. It's not necessary for you to read hundreds of pages of relevant literature. All you need to do is read the literature reviews written by other people who covered your topic.
How easy is that? If you read three professional journal articles written in the past 12-18 months, the literature reviews will be very interesting to you -- and they will tell you all about the ideas that have been expressed by other people studying your topic.
Towards the end, you will even find yourself enjoying it – an enjoyment based on satisfaction in the achievement, pleasure in the improvement in your technical writing, and of course the approaching end.
Suddenly, you find yourself in a discussion with many people who share your interest in your chosen topic. It really begins to feel like a discussion. You even have the option to write a thesis paper that responds to (or challenges) someone else's study:
For most of them, you might try the method that I use for writing papers, and which I learned from my thesis adviser (Stjepan Marcelja): Assemble all the figures that you will use in it and put them in the order that you would use if you were going to explain to someone what they all meant.
What does it mean to earn a doctoral degree? It means you have contributed new, useful ideas to the pool of knowledge shared by scholars in your chosen professional field. That sounds like a real challenge, it's nothing more than participating in a discussion. Have you ever stood in a room with other people and participated in their discussion? If so, you are ready to write this paper.
How will you continue after completing the literature review? That depends on your school's unique requirements. Let's not think about them yet. Try to think about everything all at once, and you'll feel overwhelmed. You are not ready to plan the thesis paper or write even a single word of its introduction. You can the right to plan your thesis paper by completing a great literature review.
It's nice that you'll be better prepared to write your literature review after you have read a few literature reviews in other people's articles about your topic. It's nice that you'll be better prepared to plan your thesis paper after you have seen the way other people structured their dissertations/thesis papers/research articles. Just like the person who learns to dance by watching other people dance, you will adopt the methods used by others and follow their examples.
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It has been useful to know these as it seems biologists and latex don't mix!I strongly recommend sitting down with the adviser and making up a timetable for writing it: a list of dates for when you will give the first and second drafts of each chapter to your adviser(s).