Art of Writing a Master’s Thesis (Workshop announcement)

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Art of Writing a Master’s Thesis

Venue: SDM PG College, Ujire

Dates: 14 November 2016

(Admission by invitation only)

Introduction

There are two important parts to a Master’s Thesis: research and formal presentation. Let us begin with the latter. Today, there are many apps and software that will ease the task of writing and presenting your thesis: software can help you in page formatting, generating consistent bibliography, finding relevant texts required for your work and so on. You will be surprised to know that many of these e-resources are available to you free of cost.

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Much of your energy, therefore, should be spent in understanding the basics of research: like, reading a text, formulating a research question and generating and testing a hypothesis. Research is not a question of some inborn talent. As they say, research is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.

Keeping these issues in mind, the objective of this workshop is to unravel the different aspects of a great Master’s Thesis and outline the pleasures and pitfalls of writing it. Through various activities the workshop will introduce you to the art of writing Master’s Thesis.

 Objectives

  • Teach students to distinguish between journalistic writing and the kinds of research required for that and academic research work
  • Teach students to distinguish between reading about a topic for an exam and doing research
  • Giving students some strategies to go about choosing a research topic and fine-tuning it into a research question
  • Answering the question, What is a literature survey?
  • Teaching students or providing guides for good referencing practices

 

Types of Activities in the Workshop

Lectures; Discussion; Group Activities

Time Session Content
Session 1

10:00 am to 11:30 am

  • Introduction
  • Basics of Research: Choosing a Problem, Formulating a Question, Hypothesis, Testing
Break 11:30 to 11:45 am
Session 2

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

  • Cognitive Skills that Facilitate Good Research: Reading Skills, Comprehension, Problem Presentation
Break 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Session 3

2:00 pm to 3:30

  • Basics of Master’s Thesis
  • Literature Review
  • Drafting the Thesis
Break 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm
Session 4

3:45 pm to 5:00 pm

  • Formal and other Requirements of a Thesis: Thesis Structure; Citations and Referencing; Plagiarism and Ethics of Paper Writing
  • Thinking BIG: from Master’s Thesis to PhD
  • Research as a Meaningful Living

Organised and taught by: CIRHS

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