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Writing Masters Thesis/Dissertation

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by metallix, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. metallix

    metallix 12oz Elite Member

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    Writing Masters Thesis/Dissertation

    Discussion started by metallix - Oct 28, 2004

    Who here has written a masters dissertation? What is the approximate time required to complete a 15,000 word project? What is the structure of such a project?
    What do I incorporate to make a successfull project? How long should I expect to put into writing this?
     
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    <KEY3> - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    damn... some people spend years researching, writing and defending their thesis.

    12oz is probably the last place to ask...
    we only write on word at a time and embellish it with arrows and stars.
     
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    porque - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    ...don't you have an advisor or somebody you can talk to?...but out of curiosity, what's your topic?...
     
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    slave_one - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    i'm pretty sure fatbastard can help you when he logs on.
     
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    fermentor666 - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    A good way to fill up a 15,000 word thesis/dissertation is to constantly use the following words in your sentances: "like, uh, um, stuff, interesting, cool, you know".


    Um, like, you know? Or something....
     
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    DripOfAWish - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    Mine was only 25 pages but it was packed with solid data. What type of thesis are you doing? Mine was scientific, which basically followed the traditional format of introduction, methods, results, then discussion. i guess a different approach is needed if you're doing some humanities thesis.

    My job as an undergrad was to research data for my professors lectures, and i learned really fast how to get resources for writing a solid paper: google.
    just enter the topic as search criteria, but make sure you include phrases that are specific to researcheres in the field, basically words that only experts would know and use in journals. this got me linked to abstracts of many published papers on the subject, the types of journals that you need to cite. the journals were all in my campus library, and i could order the books from the library online, and i would just go to the desk of the library and photocopy all the papers. it also helped that my department had a copy machine key card.
    but honestly, i was thinking that i would have had no idea how to approach doing a thesis a decade earlier, before the boom of the internet.
     
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    GucciCondom - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    15k words sounds like a lot, but its really not that much.
    Incorporate long ways of saying things, big words, pretty much stretch everything out the most that you can. Depending on your writing skills, how much info you know without having to look anything up, and how well you can put your shit together, it shouldn't really take an amazing amount of time. I would
    estimate how long you have to do it, and break the work up over a series of days where you will just dedicate your whole day to working on it.

    Basically the format of it should be

    Blank leaf (unnumbered)

    *Title Page (unnumbered but counted as as page i)

    Preliminary Pages: (Paginate all subsequent preliminary pages using Roman numerals beginning with ii,iii etc.)

    *Approval Page

    *Abstract lower case

    Preface or Forward (if any)

    Dedication (if any)

    Acknowledgement (if any)

    Table of Contents (if any)

    List of Tables (if any)

    Lists of other types of materials: (photographs, figures, etc.)

    Body of Text (Paginate body of text using Arabic numerals beginning with 1)

    List of References

    Appendices (if any)

    *Copyright Statement (unnumbered)


    For more info check http://academic-standards-unit.cant.ac.uk/...ght-masters.doc

    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=116306
     
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    DripOfAWish - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    i don't know whats up with all these people telling you to add a bunch of useless words. when i would catch myself doing that, i would always just tell myself "you can't fake the funk", it was a silly limerick, but it kept me on track. it's true, your advisor will just tell you to trim the bullshit. if you use 25 words to say something that can be said with only ten words, you will just make yourself look stupid, like you're not even in league with being a master's candidate.

    if you wanna add bulk to your paper, think of different angles that you could use to look at your subject. how have other people analyzed similar observations? what makes your observations more accurate? what are other effects and related outcomes or influences that have occurred due to your subject?

    this is the only way to bulk up the thesis.
     
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    <KEY3> - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    ^ that man knows how it is.

    Follow his advise or be prepared to have people
    much smarter than you and much more well versed
    in the subject matter call bullshit on every single point you make.
     
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    GucciCondom - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    Yeah listen to these dudes I guess..I was just trying to add some info since nobody else really did.
     
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    metallix - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    wow excellent info. its totally a humanities paper.
     
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    DripOfAWish - Replied Oct 28, 2004

    good luck. remember you have to get it past your advisor, then a commitee that you will defend it against. during your defense you may have a large group asking you questions, and you're gonna wanna know how to not only answer their questions, but also prove that you're already considered their question, and that you have an even better angle that they haven't even thought.

    start your thesis by getting and reading other theses relative to your subject, and follow or improve upon their structure. make a basic outline to get an idea, and then a more-detailed outline for the meat and potatoes...

    funny, i had so much stress doing it, but right now i kinda miss it.
     
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    :haha:
     
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    Tough Love - Replied Oct 29, 2004

    you dont wanna add useless words and make things longer. what u gotta do is go into a lot of details, explain defenitions and so on. the key is being concise but also getting lots of details and knowledge across, along with your idea. thats how i figure it would work...not just for a thesis but anything really....im assuming theyll worry more about ur info and ideas rather than ur writing style ( making sentences long by using big words etc...)
     
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    GucciCondom - Replied Oct 29, 2004

    Well their not going to punish you for using illmatic vocabulary.
     
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