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Helsinki University of Technology 12.12.2005 Networking Laboratory version 1.0 1 / 3 SOME GUIDELINES FOR THESIS CONTENTS AND WRITING For writing the contents of your thesis, numerous common rules apply, some of which are listed below. These are by no means complete but rather provide a first guidance to avoid many pitfalls. 1. Structure • Each thesis has an introduction and a conclusion: o The introduction is meant to motivate the subject area (why is this important?), define the problem you are interested in (what are you doing?), and limit the scope (where do you stop?). It also gives an outline of the thesis (which chapters will explain what?) and explains how you are going the approach your subject. o The conclusion is meant as a review and not just as a summary. Critically assess your thesis and its results, discuss what you have learned, and point out what next steps would or could be and maybe give your perspective on future development (where meaningful and possible). o Find a good first and last sentence: no thesis should start unexpectedly and end abruptly. This usually takes more than five minutes. • Each chapter has an introduction in which you briefly explain the purpose of the chapter and possibly its structure and relate it to the previous ones. o The introduction comes right after the chapter title without additional headline (such as “Introduction”) within a chapter. It is natural that this is the first thing; so there is no point in stating the obvious. • Each chapter should have a “conclusion”, “summary”, or something similar that reviews the achievements of the respective and relates it to what follows. • Again, no chapter should start

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