Planning your Research Project & + additional perspective :- Michael Withford Project Managing Your Thesis Dr. Wendy Noble EFS Academic Writing Specialist Macquarie University New Slide My Background…… Research insights……. University wide University Research Grant Sub-Committee 2002-06
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If doing this to prove yourself to others; compete with others; win a Nobel prize; avoid the world; doing it because you should; because you don’t know what else to do, then your motivation is based on shaky ground.
You need enthusiasm; willingness to accept responsibility for your progress and not blame others; avoidance of psychological indulgences; determined work ethic of self-discipline; effective organisation and time management; and loving negotiation with partners, friends and family
“Many people forget to enjoy the process. Writing a thesis provides so many opportunities to learn, to be creative, to travel, to present, to talk to stimulating people. Too many people regard it as a chore, always a trauma, such a serious business."
“No man is an island…”
Decide who the key people are that you can call on to:
In Australia becoming a researcher means basically four things:
Candidates and Supervisors should use their first meetings together to plan:
^ Research ProjectWhat is Thesis Management?
Basically it is Project Management in a different dress…
Since writing a thesis is full-time job, treat it like one. Your diary is not suddenly empty!
Project Management Tools
“A simple system regularly used is far more effective than a complex one used half-heartedly.”(Hunt, A 2005)
A calendar or diary
A task-project list
An action list
A daily planner
Recruiting a thesis manager
Setting ground rules
Give an honest account:
From student’s perspective:
e.g. Write early in the morning before checking
emails or having a coffee
From project manager’s perspective:
Craswell, G.(2005) Writing for Academic Success
Evans, D. and E. Gruba (2002) How to Write a Better Thesis
Green, L. Survive and Thrive While Writing your Thesis, UMel http://www.research.mq.edu.au/students/current_students/essential_reading
Hunt, A. (2005) Your Research Project: How to manage it
Kearns, H. and M. Gardiner (2006) Getting Your PhD Finished, Flinders University
Paltridge, B. and S. Starfield (2007) Thesis and Dissertation Writing
in a Second Language
Perry, C. A Structured Approach to Presenting Theses: notes for students and their supervisors (find on web as revised on 3.11.02)
Swales and Feak (2004) Academic Writing for Graduate Students