Thesis Statement Problems

thesis statement problemsIt is very important and necessary to double check everything once you develop your thesis. One of the most essential is your thesis statement just to make sure that you are in the right track. A thesis statement is an argument that needs to prove.  It should be argumentative and debatable.  It is a strong statement that provides evidence from reliable sources since it will be the main idea of the entire thesis. A thesis statement should always have a plenty of reliable sources to support your claim.

The following are some problems with the thesis statement:

  • Thesis statement is too general or vague or too broad. It should narrow.
  • It is a statement of the fact.  If it is a statement of the fact, it should not require any research or studies.
  • It is based on emotion. If it is base on emotion, it is difficult to research.
  • It is not argumentative and debatable.
  • It is not acceptable by the society.
  • It uses vague language.
  • It is a product of critical thinking.
  • It is not supported by reliable source.
  • It is too specific or too detailed.
  • It does not present concise, clear, and strong argument.

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Thesis Statement Writing Tips

Thesis has main point and main idea and the argument you make should redirect this main idea and the sentence that captures on the main idea is your thesis statement.

Thesis statement should be well written and concise since it is the central argument of the document.  It makes develop a thesis.   Also, it is supported by evidence. Your thesis statement should claim an argument not because it is a statement of the fact or statement of opinion. It should be debatable meaning the persons should have different opinions on the subject matter. It can be accepted or disagreed. Also, thesis statement should narrow because it is more effective, if the topic is broad, more evidence is needed and it can be complicated.

Example of broad topic is “Drug is not good to our health”.  It is not mention what kind of drug is all about since there are different types of drugs such as recreational drug, illegal drug, and medication drug. If it narrow down, it can be written as “Illegal drug is not good to our health”.  Broad topic needs many questions to answer. Specific topic makes your thesis much more successful than writing about general topic that do not say much.

In addition, make sure that your thesis statement clear so that your reader or audience understand what exactly what you mean.

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Sample Questionnaire and Data Analysis

This study was conducted fifteen (15) years ago when internet is not yet recognized

1.    Are you familiar with the Internet?

  •  This shows that the Internet is very popular and does not need further introduction and explanation to the possible customers of this project.

2.    Have you tried using the Internet?

  • Although many knew about the Internet, the actual usage of it is still not a hundred percent maybe because of the lack of equipment to be used or they have no reason to surf the internet.

3.    How many times do you use the Internet?

  • This shows that lots of student do not use the internet or use them just once or twice a week while others say that they use the internet only if they have research works.

4.    What are the purposes in using the Internet?

  • The main reason why students use the internet is for researches for their subjects.  Many also use it for entertainment and for email and the least would be the chats.

5.    Do you want yourself to be seen in the Internet?

  • It shows that greater number of students would like to be seen in the internet

6.    Are you familiar with the Web Page?

  • Web page is seen in the internet and probably they are not aware of using it.

7.    Do you want to have your own Web Page?

  • Greater percentage of students wanted to have their own web page and wanted to have their information accessible in the internet.

8.    Would you like our annual seen in the Web?

  • It shows that many students wanted to be updated with the new trends of technology

9.    Will you approve if the information about the Computer Science Graduates would be accessible in the net?

  • It shows there are many users who would like to see the information about the graduates in the web.

10.    Would you like to see the activities of Computer Science in the Web?

  • This shows that the students are interested to know and view the activities of the Computer Science through the web.

11.    What other aspect of the Computer Science would you like to see in the Web?

  • Many would like to see the sports aspect of the computer science followed by the news then the history.  Others also suggested that new technology reports, some sort of entertainment, the students’ extra curricular activities as well as their families and friends be included in the web.

12.    Do you think a Computer Science Web Page can contribute to the development of the Computer Science students?

  • It shows that most of the students agree that CompSci web page can help in the development of the Computer Science students because it is a way of making CompSci students popular.  This will also help students to have information about the CompSci activities. It will also serve as an advertisement to students planning to finish a degree.

 

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How to Choose a Thesis Topic

When your instructor or professor told you should make a thesis as requirement, you always wonder what would be the best thesis topic.  Remember that to make your thesis writing is interesting and enjoyable, it should be based on the right choose.

The following are some tips to choose a thesis topic

  • It should be based on your researcher’s interest to avoid the boredom of researching and writing.
  • Field of the specialization of the researcher in order for him to work easier and will improve skills and competence of his profession.
  • Skills of the researcher to make to easy for him solve whatever problem may come his way.
  • Budget for the thesis.  It should clearly know the exact budget for the whole thesis to be able to finance by the researcher.
  • Thesis topic should be the personal choice of the researcher to avoid blaming someone or make excuses if any obstacle will encounter.
  • It should be manageable in such a way that there is available data, equipment, instruments for research and have positive and reliable results.
  • Thesis topic should be within in a period of time.  It should be completed with the given period of time.
  • It should be related to present time.  To arouse reader’s interest, thesis topic should be relevant to present situation.
  • It should improve quality of life.

 

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Sample of Statistical Design

The research study used multiple linear regression stepwise analysis of the effect of temperature to moisture removal from the raw material feed and dryness quality of the three fruits used as experimental tool with respect to the design of the modular dehydrator.

Multiple regression analysis is a multivariate statistical technique that simultaneously probe into the underlying relationships among the given set of variables. The relative magnitude of the dependent relationships is estimated simultaneously enabling the researcher to identify a set of possible predictors of the criterion variable. The formula for multiple regression is ? = a  + b1X1 + b2X2 + b3X3 + ………… + bn-1Xn-1
Where: ? = the variable to be predicted
a  = constant or intercept
b1- bn-1 = slopes of the predictor variables
X1 – Xn-1 = are the values of predictor variables

The slopes of the predictor variables can be calculated by means of the standardized beta weights, ? with respect to the standard deviations of the variables involved in the study being conducted. Multiple regression analysis includes a multiple coefficient of determination symbolized by R2, the proportion of variance in a dependent variable explained by a set of independent variables in combination.
R2 = rxy2 + rzy2 – 2*rxyrzyrxz
1 – rxz2

From the multiple linear regression equation, the slopes of the predictor variables indicate the change in the dependent variable associated with a unit increase in a given predictor, holding constant the other predictor.

To calculate the percentage moisture removed per hour of drying temperature,
MR = mi – mo
mi
where: MR = percentage moisture removed per hour
mi = initial mass load
mo = mass per hour

To be able to know the approximate water content of the fruit to undergo dehydration and the weight reference thereafter:

Mwc = mi * %wc (1)       mwr = mw * %wcstd (2)          mdry = mi – mwr

Where: mwc = water content of food, gram water/gram fresh material
mi = initial mass feed
mwr = amount of water to be removed
wcstd = standard water content in percentage of food
mdry  = mass of dried food, gram dry basis/gram fresh material

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Thesis Scope and Statement of the Problem

Statement of the Problem

The purpose of this study is to develop a source material in food dehydration craft technology which can be used by Makabayan teachers in teaching food dehydration in the Home Economics class. The purpose of the study is to answer the following questions:

  1. What will be the contents of the source material?
  2. What content/s is/are most applicable and doable for practical use of the teachers?
  3. How could secondary school teachers integrate food dehydration methods in the Makabayan subject?
  4. How to use a project based approach in the construction and design of the proposed source material?

Scope and Delimitation of the Study

The primary objective is to develop a source material in food dehydration craft technology and preparation of a manual of procedures that will serve as a guideline in performing the experiments and what will then be the output of said experiments.

The secondary objective is for the course program to provide a combination of educational and work based learning opportunities for the teachers and possibly their student’s career path after leaving the high school portals. With urban based employment growing but cannot absorb the incoming supply of labor, that is, for new high school and college graduates, entrepreneurship in the food sector can offset this imbalance.
As an addendum, the study will only include local fruits such as bananas, mangoes and pineapples as subject of dehydration in the secondary analysis mathematical modeling and proposed manual.

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Sample Background of the Study

In the Philippine setting, dehydrated fruits are produced by bulk processors in comparison to foreign household wherein dehydrators are common kitchen equipment and food dehydration is as common as regular cooking of meals.

At present, a number of government run agricultural high schools are trying to incorporate food dehydration in the chemistry subject. This strategy of introducing food dehydration is being done in the Science High School of the Central Luzon State University (Andaya, et.al.2005). The said state university located in Munoz, Nueva Ecija coordinates with the Bureau of Post Harvest Research Extension (BPHRE) in its research in applying methods in food dehydration using locally-sourced material for the fabrication of a drying system that can be used by the farm cooperatives formed by the Department of Agriculture Extension services in the area. BPHRE in turn pilot tests food dryers with less power consumption or sometimes none at all due to the high cost of energy, by setting up a group of mushroom farmers into drying their produce which has a ready market in Central Luzon alone (Mateo,2005).

If home-based or small-scale food dehydration process is promoted widely, the benefits through sub-contracting similar to large producing and exporting countries such as Thailand, Brazil, Ecuador and Uganda will promote income generation in general. Food processing is labor intensive than capital intensive.

In the end view, the study hopes for the gradual assimilation of food dehydration, fabrication process and systems management approach not only in the Makabayan subject component in home and technology but also to a vocational course as food dehydration. The study develops a source material in food dehydration which includes accompanying technological processes for craft production used in the food dehydration industry. This source material maybe beneficial to Makabayan teachers who can integrate a project-based learning strategy in teaching the food dehydration process, dehydrator fabrication and a management framework that is simple enough to be integrated into the secondary school curriculum.

By: Mary Rose Florence S. Cobar

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How Long Does it Take to Write a Thesis

A school or university gives at least one complete term for writing the thesis. Thesis requires complete time for researching, organizing, analyzing, and computing data.  Writing a thesis is easy if you know how to do it.  Some takes one year or two terms in order to complete the thesis.  Thesis written to identified a worthwhile problem or question which is not previously answered and you have to solve d the problem or answer the question.   Then provide evidence or proof for your answer by researching and analyzing this information.  Also, it should be original contribution to knowledge.

Writing thesis requires hard work and patient so it is important that your thesis topic is interesting to you so that it may not be bored.  If you are always excited about your topic, your thesis will be completed in no time.  Always remember that a rush job has a painful consequences at the defense.

Your thesis should be also organized so that you can easily manage everything.  You can start writing an outline so that you will know all section or chapter of your thesis.  Thesis outline can be divided into three (3) parts such as introduction, arguments, and conclusion. You can write your thesis statement under introduction section while future research and summary can be included in the conclusion section.

There are different format for your thesis outline but of course just ask your mentor about it so that He can give advice regarding different formats.

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Dissertation Outline Sample

Dissertation outline can be depends upon the requirement of your school and your field.  The beginning and the ending of the dissertation is standard but the body contains variations depends to your field.  But it is necessary to determine the basic outline of a dissertation to help in your dissertation writing.

Dissertation usually starts with an abstract that will summarize your dissertation.   Then after abstract you can write the acknowledgment which give thanks and appreciation that made your dissertation possible.

After writing the abstract and acknowledgement, table of contents is the next step.  In your table of contents, make sure to include both sections of your dissertation and its sub sections.

The next step is to start with introduction which include the scope of your research.  It includes statement of the problem, importance of the problem, dissertation arguments, research question and hypothesis.

The next chapter will be the review of related literature.  After related literature will the methodology then the results of your study.

Under the methodology chapter, you can include your research design, procedures used and data analysis while in the discussion chapter; you can include summary, conclusions, limitations and recommendation for future research.

The body of your dissertation may be varies depending of your type of field so it is important to determine the requirement of your university or college for your dissertation.  Some school or university provides outline depending the course of their students.

 Sample Dissertation Outline will be the following

  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgment
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Review of Related Literature
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References
  • Appendices

 

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Thesis Writing Preparation

Schools or Colleges provides thesis guidelines and requirement for their students so it is important to prepare for these guidelines so that your thesis is passed in their specification.

Thesis writing preparation will be used to know if you are ready to submit your thesis.  It is a complete waste of time if you create a thesis that is not qualified to your colleges.

First of all, you must get a checklist for the college’s requirement for the thesis writing course. Make sure to get the necessary document before your thesis writing such as thesis proposal approval form, thesis title page form, thesis defense form, thesis signature and approval page, thesis table of contents, thesis formats, and many more that your school will required.  Also, list the required page format including the pagination, spacing and alignment.

There are always rules and guidelines to consider when writing thesis based on your school requirement, so better check everything.  School has instruction on how to submit your thesis and how your thesis will look like including thesis components and elements.

Some common errors in your thesis are incorrect margins, cover page wrong format, page number errors, text alignment and spacing.

To avoid mistakes, always check the paper, margin, typing, page numbering, text, table and illustration and references format requirements.

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