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Seminar in Thesis

Writing

DR. REMEDIOS G.

What is Thesis Writing?


formal, systematic and intensive
process of carrying a scientific method of
analysis
generally looks into original or raw
data.
requires independent thinking both in
perceiving and analyzing problems and
in finding solutions to them
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GOALS OF RESEARCH
To obtain new information
To measure certain specific characteristics of
certain population
To observe some phenomena (and causes of
these phenomena) in the environment
To assess the outcomes of some programs or
activities being undertaken
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Recommendations.
A question strikes the mind of
the researcher.
The researcher converts the
question into a clearly stated
research problem.
The researcher makes a sound
guess or a temporary answer
to the problem. This is called
hypothesis.
Literature are searched to look
into some relevant facts and
possible answers.

A conclusion is drawn.
The hypothesis is tested
whether it is true or not.
The facts are subjected to
analysis to comprehend their
meaning.
The researcher gathers the
facts.
The researcher designs a
methodology to be used in
terms of the goal of the
research and the needed facts.

Engineering Research
Agenda
Structural and infrastructural
engineering
Bridge performance models
Constructability analysis

Seismic assessment of existing built


structures
Modeling and mathematical programming of
structural members
Development of structural design software
Structural reliability and performance
analysis
Cost-benefit analysis or modeling of
structural system

Engineering Research
Agenda
Environment-related issues
Water pollution
Solid waste disposal

Environmental accidents
Land risks assessment
Cost-effective evaluation of hazards in dump
sites
Reducing environmental impacts
Land degradation and soil contamination

Engineering Research
Agenda
Development projects in
earthquake engineering
Earthquake simulator for structural analysis of
structures
Soil slope stabilization software development
Post-earthquake liquefaction analysis
Disaster preparedness systems
Structural vulnerability assessment of Metro
Manila

Engineering Research
Agenda
Relevance of curriculum to industry
needs
Assessment of engineering curriculum

Academe-industry linkages

Development projects in
earthquake engineering
Earthquake simulator for structural analysis of
structures
Soil slope stabilization software development

Criteria for the selection of a


research problem
Internal/Personal
Training and personal qualification of the
researches
Interest, intellectual curiosity and intrinsic
motivation
Costs
Time
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External
Novelty of the problem
Significance in the field
Availability of data and methods
Work conditions
Hazards and handicaps

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Thesis proposal vs.


Research project proposal
Thesis Proposal

A course requirement
Done by an amateur
researcher
No budgetary
requirements
To be submitted to a
thesis committee
Once approved,
becomes a guided
research with an
adviser

Research projects
proposal

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Not a course
requirement
Done by an expert
With budgetary
requirements
To be submitted to a
funding or sponsoring
agency
Professional research
without an adviser

Parts of a
Thesis
Proposal

Preliminaries

Title Page
Table of Contents
List of Tables (if
any)
List of Figures (if
any)

Chapter 1 THE PROBLEM


AND ITS
BACKGROUND

Introduction
Background of the Study
Theoretical Framework
Conceptual Framework
Statement of the
Problem
Hypothesis (if any,
depending on nature of
the problem)
Scope and Limitations
Significance of the Study
Definition of Terms

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Chapter 3 RESEARCH
METHODOLOGY

Parts of a Thesis
Proposal

Chapter 2 REVIEW OF
RELATED LITERATURE AND
STUDIES

Foreign Literature
Local Literature
Foreign Studies
Local Studies
Synthesis and Relevance
of the Reviewed
Literature and Studies

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Method of Research
to be Used
Population, Sample
Size, and Sampling
Technique
Description of
Respondents (if any)
Research Instrument
Data-Gathering
Procedure
Statistical Treatment
of Data (may not be
applicable in
qualitative research)

Except for Statistical Treatment of Data, all


parts of Chapter 3 (Research Methodology)
are generally required for theses , whether
quantitative or qualitative in research
design.

In cases when respondent sampling is


not appropriate, the parts of Chapter 3 may
be modified with the approval of the Thesis
Evaluation Committee. For example,
Population and Sample Size may be replaced
with Sources of Data.
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PARTIAL LIST OF BIBLIOGRAPHY


The bibliography includes all references/works
cited in the notes and the entries are arranged
alphabetically.
The bibliography contains the following parts in
their necessary order:
A.
Books
B.
Journals and Monographs
C.
Unpublished Thesis/Dissertations
D.
Periodicals
E.
Electronic Sources
F.
Other print sources
G.
Non-print sources.
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Use the American Psychological


Association (APA) format for appropriate
referencing.
With the exception of exploratory
researches, there must be a citation of at
least twenty (20) research articles from
refereed professional journals and
unpublished theses/dissertations for a
thesis, and at least thirty (30) research
articles for a dissertation. These are on
top of the other references taken from
books, papers presented, manuals and
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other publications, and electronic

APPENDICES

Request letter to conduct survey


Questionnaire (with cover letter)
Documents, memoranda, data/figures
(if any)
Calendar of Activities (in matrix or
Gantt Chart)
Estimated Expenses (if research is to be
funded by an agency)
Resume
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Chapter 1
THE PROBLEM AND ITS
BACKGROUND

Background of the Study

Introduction
It is in this section
where you discuss the
overview of your research
problem; define the major
concepts; provide
background information
which would focus
attention on the
importance and validity of
the problem under
investigation.

Discuss the factors that


lead you to the
conceptualization of
the problem;
justification for
considering your
chosen topic as a
problem for research.

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THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK/
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
Theories - sets of interrelated concepts,
constructs, definitions and propositions that
present systematic view of the phenomenon
by specifying relationships among variables
with the purpose of explaining and predicting
the phenomena.
Concepts - abstractions; ideas

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STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM


This is where you state the general and
specific problems for the research you
choose to work on and hopes to achieve.
Hypothesis
A hypothesis is a temporary answer to the
specific problems stated.
A research hypothesis is usually based on
the findings of previous studies.
When it becomes necessary to test this
hypothesis using some statistical tools, you
need to state it in the null form.
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Scope and Limitation


Discuss inclusively
the coverage of
the study in terms
of the population,
time frame,
variables.
Discuss if there
are some specific
items which
should be
excluded in the
study.

Significance of the Study


This part discusses the
groups of persons,
institutions or offices
which will be benefited
by the results of the
study.

How these groups are


benefited by the results
must likewise be
discussed. The
contribution of the
study must be
discussed in relation to
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S-M-A-R-T

SPECIFIC
MEASURABLE
ATTAINABLE
REALISTIC
TIME-BOUND/TIMELINESS

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