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Guide for Postgraduate Students

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This is a brief guide for PhD or MSc students.

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Guide for Postgraduate Students

  1. 1. GUIDES FOR NEW POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
  2. 2. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 2/14
  3. 3. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 3/14 SUPERVISOR EXPECTATIONS ● students to be independent ● students to produce legible written work. ● students to seek advice and comments on their work from others ● to have regular meetings with their postgraduate students ● research students to honest when reporting on their progress ● students to follow the advice that they give, when the supervisors has given that advice at the request of the postgraduate students ● students to be excited about their work ● their students to be able to surprise them ● students to be fun to be with
  4. 4. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 4/14 RESEARCH PROPOSAL CONSISTS OF: ● BACKGROUND TO THE PROBLEM ● GROUND FOR CONCERN ● IMPORTANCE OF THE PROBLEM ● IMPLICATIONS OF THE STUDY ● PURPOSE OF THE STUDY ● MAJOR QUESTIONS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE STUDY ● HYPOTHESES ● ASSUMPTIONS ● LIMITATIONS ● DELIMITATIONS ● OVERVIEW OF METHODOLOGY ● DEFINITION OF TERMS (OPTIONAL)
  5. 5. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 5/14 REQUIREMENTS OF A Ph.D THESIS The important requirements examiners look for in your thesis are: ● A distinct contribution to knowledge ● Evidence of the discovery of new facts or new facts or the exercise of independent judgment ● Literary presentation ● Original work of merit worthy of publication ● Competence in independent work experimentation ● Understanding of the appropriate techniques ● Critical use of published work and source materials
  6. 6. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 6/14 GUIDE TO THESIS WRITING ● LEARN TO USE WORD PROCESSING ● PRESENTATION, STYLE, PAGE NUMBERING AND ORGANIZATION ● EVERY WORD, EVERY PARAGRAPH MUST BE CAREFULLY THOUGHT OUT AND CONTINUNITY MUST BE CONSISTENT AND MAINTAINED THROUGH OUT YOUR WRITING ● BEFORE SUBMISSION EVEN DRAFTS MAKE SURE THE TEXT/CHAPTERS HAVE BEEN ENGLISH EDITED ● REFER TO PROPER CITATION ● ALL DIAGRAMS MUST BE LABELED WITH PROPER TITLING AND SUBTITLING ● USE OTHER THESIS AT YOUR UNIVERSITY AS EXAMPLES ● IF YOU ARE USING SHORT FORM WORDS MAKE SURE TO INTRODUCE AT THE LONG VERSION OF WORDS. ● USE DIFFERENT PARAGRAPHS TO EXPRESS YOUR IDEAS.
  7. 7. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 7/14 CHAPTERS OF YOUR THESIS CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II: BACKGROUND CHAPTER III: LITERATURE REVIEW CHAPTER IV: METHODOLOGY CHAPTER V: ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS CHAPTER VI: SUMMARY
  8. 8. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 8/14 THESIS WRITING For a thesis to be completed within a reasonable time, one has to plan the programme of: ● Reading ● Research ● Writing
  9. 9. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 9/14 THESIS WRITING Reading: ● to acquire a through knowledge of what work has been done in a field before a new contribution can be adequately planned ● involves the construction of an adequate bibliography ● carefully combing registers of abstracts and other guides to research in progress ● a systematic review of the professional journals ● careful reading of the relevant books and monographs
  10. 10. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 10/14 THESIS WRITING Research: ● generating hypotheses ● data collection ● data analysis ● Findings
  11. 11. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 11/14 Writing: ● The transition from research to writing is never an abrupt one ● A good supervisor will insist upon a formal start, marked by the approval of a final detailed thesis plan ● The preparation of a complete draft has to be given priority over other task ● Each draft chapter (complete with footnotes) should be given to the supervisor as soon as it is ready THESIS WRITING ● Once the entire first draft has been finished, the student can deal with minor research tasks needed to fill gaps of information ● The second draft should be a complete reconsideration of the first draft, and not a ‘scissors-and-paste’ job. (Should normally take no more than 6-8 weeks to complete) ● Check for facts, references, typing errors, clarity of writing ● Temptation to use obscure words and complicated forms of expressions, so as to demonstrate a knowledge and command of abstruse jargon and complex literary structures, should be resisted
  12. 12. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 12/14 A CHECK-LIST FOR STUDENTS ● Have you tried to plan your work satisfactorily? ● Have you identified the major difficulties? ● Do you understand to relevant references? ● Are your records in good order and could you answer a question on something you did six months ago? ● Have you drafted the first version of any portion of the work that has been completed? ● Do other people find your written English difficult to understand? ● Are there any tables, figures or other matters which could usefully be prepared at an early stage?
  13. 13. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 13/14
  14. 14. By: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimapBy: Prof. RB Ahmad @unimap 14/14

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