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Section 2.9.3

Format of the Thesis

In form, the thesis is a lengthy experimental, design, or theoretical report, with a problem-method-results-discussion structure. This recurrent hypothetico-deductive pattern of developing a thesis to solve a problem and then constructing a methodology and testing for results is common in research writing. When you begin to write the first draft of your thesis, try to salvage useful material for problem statements, methodologies, and bibliographies from your thesis proposal. Make use of your laboratory notebook for detailed accounts of your procedures.

Front Matter

The front matter frames the thesis work. It includes these elements:


In the thesis body, you provide the introduction, narrative, and analysis of your work. The body includes these elements:

End Matter

The end matter is mainly referential material too detailed to fit well in the main narrative of work done. It includes these elements:

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