Thesis Writing
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: https://www.essaybishop.com/write-my-essay/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
• What is the appropriate level to ‘assume’ knowledge in the reader i.e. do I need to define ‘computer’,
• 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
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)
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

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