The Thesis/Dissertation Defense
You will need to look at the following types of sources:
For example, one often readsthat the value of stock in some company, or the value of some index of the stock market, "plummeted",when the actual decrease was only 2%.
The following systems will help keep you organized:
Following this structured presentation the committee begins to ask questions,but as can be expected the questions follow along with the wall chartsand the whole discussion proceeds in an orderly manner. If guests are presentat the defense, this form of presentation helps them also follow alongand understand exactly what was accomplished through the research.
books on specific subject areas from the same author:
Avoid statements like:
This book, which is published by the University of Chicago Press,is a good general reference book on style in student papers andscholarly publications in the USA.
To Strunk's rules, I would add one fundamental rule:
One will also need the style manual for the particular journalin which one intends to publish, for example:
Everyone doing technical writing should have a copy of an authoritativestyle manual for units that lists all of the metric prefixes,abbreviations for units, etc.
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11. What is a proposal anyway? A good proposal should consist of thefirst three chapters of the dissertation. It should begin with a statementof the problem/background information (typically Chapter I of the dissertation),then move on to a review of the literature (Chapter 2), and conclude witha defining of the research methodology (Chapter 3). Of course, it shouldbe written in a future tense since it is a proposal. To turn a good proposalinto the first three chapters of the dissertation consists of changingthe tense from future tense to past tense (from "This is what I wouldlike to do" to "This is what I did") and making any changesbased on the way you actually carried out the research when compared tohow you proposed to do it. Often the intentions we state in our proposalturn out different in reality and we then have to make appropriate editorialchanges to move it from proposal to dissertation.