1 Thesis Writing Plagiarism Plagiarism is of high importance to avoid at the master level. As you are now conducting research the issue no longer resides between the student and the intuition (Deakin). As you may publish your work it’s now an issue of ‘good research practice’. You are aware plagiarism can occur when you take any direct quote, paraphrase or generalisation of someone else idea and use it as your own. More information about good research practice can be found here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/research-integrity What do I put in my thesis? To assist you in starting the thesis construction process you should consider the following points regarding ‘what should go into a thesis’. • In some manner of words ‘ A story’. • You need to lead the reader through the facts (not fiction!) and present in ‘sufficient’ detail your project. • What is the appropriate level to ‘assume’ knowledge in the reader i.e. do I need to define ‘computer’, ‘internet’? • You need to draft each chapter with a beginning, middle and end. • Section of each chapter can also conform to this idea. • But remember do not be repetitive! Sample structure of thesis Below is a summary of the different components required in your thesis. Discuss each component with your supervisor so you understand what is required. 1. Title page including name, course, unit, supervisory team 2. Table of content 3. Short Abstract summarizing thesis 4. Introduction – overview of research area and project 5. Background to your research area and project topic – what has been done to date? Use the literature synthesis you prepared to assist you in justifying this 6. Motivation / Rationale for this research project – why is it important? 7. Problem statement – what are key unsolved research issues in this problem domain? 8. Related work – a critical analysis of the literature, including review of key related work, limitations to date, areas the current research project is addressing 9. Research methodology you used – what method(s), why chosen, how carried out the research project described in this thesis 10. Problem analysis, assumptions, main technical contributions that you have made 11. Results, evaluation, discussion of your results 12. Conclusions, contributions of your research findings, key future work directions and possibilities 13. Bibliography – references to all literature using consistent and complete referencing – only references cited in the major thesis should be included 14. Appendices (if need) 2 What is an abstract? • Normally a short statement: 200 words. • Combines: Short statement of the problem; A brief description of the methods and procedures adopted; A condensed summary of findings; Implications from this research; What do you find that would be interesting for future researchers? Also possible to include limitations of the study. Example Abstract The video games industry is now established as a potent force in global entertainment, almost surpassing the music and box office industries. As the games industry is relatively new, so too are any dedicated qualifications designed to produce suitable candidates. This being the case, one must consider whether such qualifications are adequately preparing graduates for an industry role. This study aims to discover whether existing game design and development qualifications are adequately servicing the needs of industry. This is addressed in two parts; first, possible pedagogical approaches to teaching game design and development are explored in order to establish an appropriate pedagogy that could underpin a dedicated game design and development qualification; second, the skills required by industry are explored, via a survey of local industry opinion, thus attempting to establish the practical component of a dedicated game design and development qualification. Once these aims are met, criteria can be created in order to evaluate game design and development curricula. This study is limited to Australian industry and qualifications. Writing your literature review When writing your literature review you need to present the core body of authors who are working in your area. The precise structure of the literature review depends on your study so the best way to find out exactly what you need is to read what others have done! To help you get started please review the libraries resources on Literature Review. Referencing in your thesis In the School of IT we normally use Harvard Style (which is author date). Details of Harvard Referencing Style can be found on Deakin guide to referencing. Thesis varies in the number of references required. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 30 references. Having more references can demonstrate that you have read widely, however the references need to be integrated within the text to show that the references have added to your inquiry.
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