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Undergraduate Thesis Writing Guidelines for
Engineering Faculty
The thesis should have a cover page, title page, declaration page at the beginning and
References (containing list of references: books, journal / periodical papers, URL sites). A page
containing Acknowledgement shall be put next. Contents, Abstract (in one page not exceeding preferably
within 600 words) shall be put next. Chapter 1, 2, 3… shall start next. In general, the thesis shall be
written using small and simple as well as easy to understand sentences. Beginning a sentence by the
words ‘but’ and ‘and’ should be avoided. Passive voice should be used as far as possible.
In the abstract, students should briefly present sequentially what has been done or developed or
discovered or investigated in their work. In addition they should present what has been observed, what are
the results of their investigation or experiment, how close are the results compared to the predicted
values, what were the targets and what has been achieved. The ‘Abstract’ is significantly important as a
reader will try to get an idea about the work by reading it. In the abstract the novelty of the work or the
contribution of the authors should be highlighted. The objective of the work shall not be presented in the
abstract. No introduction should be presented in the abstract.
The “Introduction” chapter must contain at least the following sections: (i) Introduction, (ii)
Historical background / Background, (iii) related other works, (iv) Objectives of this work, (v)
Introduction to this thesis. Necessary diagrams/ figures should be given in support of the text. This
chapter should be of significant length.
At least one chapter should be present in the thesis in which the authors will present their own
work in details. Sufficient figures should be present in this chapter. If possible more chapters may be
presented for this purpose. These chapters should contain statements from the authors only, not copy from
a book or books.
The last chapter is “Discussions and Conclusions”. This chapter must contain at least the
following sections: (i) Discussions, (ii) Suggestions for future work, (iii) Conclusions. A discussion on
the entire work together with the problems encountered during the work must be presented in the
discussion section. What the target was, what problems were faced during the work, what were the
solutions to the problems, what were the reasons of failure or success, what can be the possible
applications, what is the contribution of the authors etc. should be presented in this section. If possible
necessary diagrams/ figures should be given in support of the text. This chapter titled “Discussions and
Conclusions” should be at least five pages in length but should be preferably more.
Page number shall start from the first page of the Introduction Chapter. Pages from the declaration
to the Abstract (including the contents) shall be numbered in small roman numbers.
The complete title of the design project/thesis report must be written using the same font size
(20) type and style.
For writing text, headings and sub headings “Times New Roman” font type should be used.
Chapters (i.e., Chapter 1, Chapter 2……) should be in font size “14”, Headings (i.e., chapter’s
name) should be in font size “16”, sub-headings (1.1 Introduction, 1.2 Historical Background…..) in
font size “14” and text should be in font size “12”. Some examples are attached herewith for the ease of
understanding.

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In the writing, special emphasis must be given on student’s own contribution in the work. The
theoretical work/ Laboratory work done by the student must be elaborately presented.
The authors must write the thesis in such a way so that one can not complain about readability and
continuity of the writing. These two factors are significantly important. Sufficient figures should be
presented so that a reader can get significant idea about the work by looking at the figures and by reading
the figure caption. The figure captions should contain significant information for a reader who is not an
expert in this particular field. Figures should be drawn by the project students themselves using
appropriate software or hand and not downloaded or scanned from other sources. Figures with figure
numbers should be quoted in the text. Students must understand that figures are presented to support the
text and make the text more attractive. References must be quoted in the text in appropriate manner.
Figures must contain Figure numbers and appropriate figure caption at the bottom of each
figure. Figure number for chapter 1 must be given as Figure 1.1, Figure 1.2 …, for chapter 5 Figure
5.1, Figure 5.2 … etc. Figures must be given as a support to the text. Text and figures must be
related i.e., Figure numbers must be quoted in the text.
Figure Caption must be provided at the bottom of each figure. Figure caption should contain
sufficient information about the item displayed/ graph presented in the figure. Electronic Scanning of
figures from any book or thesis and presenting the same as a figure is not allowed.
A chapter must have chapter number and a meaningful chapter heading. The chapter title/ heading
should be placed in the center of the line. Separate paper should not be wasted only for giving chapter
number rather chapter number and chapter title/ heading must be given at the top of the beginning page of
the chapter. All sections must have appropriate headings and section numbers. Each chapter shall start
with an Introduction section and should end with a summary section.
References must be put at the end of the thesis and it should be prepared following the style
presented at the end of this document (IEEE style). If it is a book or a journal paper appropriate page
numbers must be mentioned and the reference number should be quoted in the text of the chapter (s) as
say [3].
If there is an Appendix then appropriate title should be given to it. If there are more than one
Appendix appropriate title should be given to each of the Appendices.
Electronic scanning of text from any document/ book/ thesis and including it in the thesis is
usually not allowed. Downloaded pictures / figures should not be used unless there is sufficient reason to
do so.
For writing acknowledgement the students should take guidance from their respective supervisors.
Source codes, if any, should be presented in Appendices only, not in the chapters. References of
the Appendices should be made in the text of the chapters i.e., text in the related chapters and Appendices
should be appropriately linked. The volume should be minimized as far as possible.
The minimum number of pages of the thesis is 60 and the maximum is 125.
The text should typed using black colour only. Multi-colour printing should not be used.

Page Setup (tentative): top 1.5 cm, bottom 1.5 cm, right 1.5 cm and left 2 cm

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Cover page

Thesis Title

A Thesis submitted

by

1. Student name (ID: )
2.
3.
4.

under the supervision of
Prof./Dr./Mr./Ms./Mrs. ……..

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
Faculty of Engineering
American International University - Bangladesh
Fall Semester 20111
December 2011

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Title Page

Thesis Title

A Thesis submitted to the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of the Engineering Faculty,
American International University - Bangladesh (AIUB) in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

1. Student name (ID: )
2.
3.
4.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
Faculty of Engineering
American International University - Bangladesh
Fall Semester 2011
December 2011

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Declaration

This is to certify that this project and thesis is our original work. No part of this work has been
submitted elsewhere partially or fully for the award of any other degree or diploma. Any material
reproduced in this thesis has been properly acknowledged.

Students’ names & Signatures.
1.
2.
3.
4.

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Approval

The Thesis titled “…………………………………….” has been submitted to the following
respected members of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty of Engineering in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering on November 2011 by
the following students and has been accepted as satisfactory.
1. Student name (ID: )
2.
3.
4.

___________________
Supervisor’s Name
Designation
American International University –Bangladesh

______________________
External Examiner’s Name
Designation
American International University –Bangladesh

________________________

_________________________
Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna
Vice Chancellor
American International University –Bangladesh

Dean
Faculty of Engineering
American International University –Bangladesh

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Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements Thanks to different people for valuable discussions / suggestions / encouragements
etc…

The authors

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Contents
Page No.
Declaration
Approval Sheet
Acknowledgement
Abstract

(i)
(ii)
(iv)

Chapter 1 Introduction

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1.1 Introduction
1.2 Historical Background
.
.
1.5 Objectives of this work
1.6 Introduction to this thesis
Chapter 2 .…………
2.1 Introduction
.
.
2.5 Summary
Chapter 3 .………….
3.1 Introduction
.
.
3.5 Summary
.
.
Chapter 6 Discussions and Conclusions
6.1 Discussions
6.2 Suggestions for future work
6.3 Conclusions

Appendices
Appendix A Title A
Appendix B Title B
References (should be put at the end)

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Abstract
Abstract - (not more than one page)

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Chapter 1

Introduction
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Historical Background
1.3, 1.4 (Different related topics)
1.5 Objectives of this work
1.6 Introduction to this thesis

Chapter 2

………………..
2.1 Introduction

2.5 Summary

Chapter 3

…………………….
3.1 Introduction
3.5 Summary

Chapter 6

Discussions and Conclusions
6.1 Discussions
6.2 Suggestions for future work
6.3 Conclusions

Appendices
Appendix A Title A
Appendix B Title B

References
[1] J. Chan and P. Walker, “A Home-Proxy Based Wireless Internet Framework in Supporting Mobility
and Roaming of Real-Time Services”, IEICE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 12, Japan, April,
2001, pp.74-79, 128-130.
[2] R. De Silva, B. Landfeldt, S. Ardon and A. Seneviratne, Tomten: Total Management of Transmissions
for the End-User, HIPPARCH, London, 1998, pp.74-79.
[3] http://www.ghq.org
Binding:
Hard cover binding:
Writing on the cover: true copy of the cover page.
Writing on spine of the thesis: Example:
……………..Thesis title……………. || Fall 2011 || AIUB
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