Introduction to Thesis Writing

Due to demand, all places in this course in Semester 2, 2014 have now been filled and registrations are closed. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Introduction to Thesis Writing is a course designed to support students in their thesis writing, specifically fundamental elements such as the research proposal, literature review, and sections of chapters. It is designed for students in the early stages of their PhD candidature and will next run in Semester 2, 2014.

The course will be particularly useful for students who need to develop their understanding of the scholarly conventions and requirements of writing a thesis, or who need additional support with their English language proficiency.

Seminars will address the disciplinary and cross-cultural differences in thesis writing, with a focus on students’ own writing. Topics that the course will cover include:

  • Writing and revising research proposals
  • Writing background chapters and literature reviews
  • Library research skills
  • Writing critical literature reviews
  • Introducing an argument in a chapter
  • Developing and concluding an argument in a chapter

Students will develop their English language knowledge, the skills required to communicate their own research orally, visually and in writing, and gain an improved understanding of how to write research proposals, literature reviews and sections of chapters with appropriate and correct English grammar and style. The ability to plan, develop and evaluate their own and others’ English oral and written communication, and the capacity to think and communicate critically in order to create new ways of understanding will be emphasised in the course.

This is a non-award course, meaning participation will not count towards a student's final result in his or her candidature, however assessment tasks throughout semester will be graded Pass/Fail.

Further information

For more information on the program, contact . If you have a technical difficulty in submitting your application, or to place your name on a waiting list, please contact . Students on the waiting list will be alerted when registration opens.

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