The Nature of Thesis

 The Nature of Thesis

According to Holliday (2003: 1) A thesis is defined as the written product of a systematic study of a significant problem. it identifies the problem. stares the major assumptions. Explain the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information. analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished product evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation. Normally an oral defense of the thesis is required.

UTM Thesis Manual (2007:1) explained the Thesis refers to a documented report of the process followed and  the results of original research conducted by a student in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree.  The thesis should be presented in a manner that will reflect credit on the student, the faculty, and the University.  The term  thesis used throughout this manual refers to doctoral and master’s theses and dissertations as well as bachelor degree project report

In other hand Webster’s New Collegiate in Neufville & Field (1998: 2), for example: a thesis is “a proposition that a person advances and offers to maintain by argument.” This deļ¬nition has three key elements. A thesis is a proposition: it advances an idea, a hypothesis or a recommendation; A thesis offers an argument: it presents a rationale for accepting the proposition made, rather than simply asserting a point of view; and The argument of the thesis should be maintained: it should be made convincingly by appropriate logic and sufficient evidence.

Thesis/dissertation proposal provides an overview of your proposed plan of work, including the general scope of your project, your basic research questions, research methodology, and the overall significance of your study. In short, your proposal explains what you want to study, how you will study this topic, why this topic needs to be studied, and (generally) when you intend to do this work. (Occasionally, you may also need to explain where your study will take place.)

The purpose of Dissertation/Thesis proposals are designed to: Justify and plan (or contract for) a research project, Show how your project contributes to existing research, Demonstrate to your advisor and committee that you understand how to conduct discipline-specific research within an acceptable time-frame


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