Presentation on theme: "Beginning the Adventure of Your Thesis or Project"— Presentation transcript:
1 Beginning the Adventure of Your Thesis or Project Beginning the Adventure of Your Thesis or Project! Brought to you by Drs. Barranti and Dinis
2 Thesis or Project???Thesis is an intellectual proposition based on original research and academic inquiryProject involves the development of a product supported by a research processMany of your culminating works could be both a thesis and a project.Please note the above are definitions from Prof. Yuen, not official CSUS definitions.
3 Thesis: CSUS Catalog definition Plan A: ThesisA thesis is the written product of the systematic study of a significant problem. It clearly identifies the problem; states the major assumptions; explains the significance of the undertaking; sets forth the sources for, and methods of gathering, information; analyzes the data; and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished product must evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, clarity of purpose, and accurate and thorough documentation…
4 Project: CSUS Catalog definition Plan B: ProjectA project is a significant undertaking of a pursuit appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It must evidence originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It must be described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project’s significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation.
5 What is a Thesis/Project? Both require the all phases of the research processBoth must demonstrate social work relevance, academic rigor, and social validity and utilityProtection of Human Subjects Applications must submitted for all forms of project/thesis
6 What is A Thesis /Project (continued) Thesis requires a second reader who works with you and your advisorProject may include a product such as: video, manual, grant proposal, resource guide, curriculum, or research reportA Thesis or a Project is a decision you will make with your thesis/project advisor
7 The 5 Chapters of A Thesis/Project Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Literature ReviewChapter 3: MethodologyChapter 4: Thesis Findings or Product of ProjectChapter 5: Summary and ConclusionsReferencesAppendices
8 Considering the “Research” of A Thesis/Project – examples: Needs assessment for a community, a population, or a service programSurvey of providers’ or consumers’ perspectives: Questionnaire and interviewsSecondary data analysisProgram evaluationExperimental designsCase studiesJustification and data collection for product development and utilization
9 Human Subjects Application Process Plan with your Advisor when you should submit your Human Subjects ApplicationApplications and instructions are available on the Social Work Division and Graduate Studies websites:EVERY thesis/project requires human subjects clearanceNo data collection can take place prior to human subjects approvalThe Division reviews applications once a month—Schedule available on the web site
10 Selecting a Thesis Advisor (7 Steps) Step One: Review List of Thesis Advisors and Research InterestsStep Two: Identify Advisors who match your interests, working style and availabilityStep Three: Make appointments with several likely advisors to discuss interests, working styles, and “goodness of fit”Step Four: Choose Your Advisor
11 Selecting a Thesis Advisor(continued) Step Five: Advisors will have the sign-up forms referred to as the “VORTA” beginning Monday, February 8thStep Six: Sign-up with your Advisor between February 8th and the end of AprilStep Seven: It is the student’s responsibility to sign up with a thesis advisor by the end of the Spring semester
12 Considerations Each Thesis Advisor can take on ten students Keep updated on Thesis Advisor openings by checking the white board in the front Social Work OfficeGroup Thesis/Project is limited to 2 students.
13 CSUS Thesis/Project Formatting Workshop Requirement Attend a CSUS Thesis Formatting Workshop or review the PowerPoint onlineComplete a Certificate of Workshop CompletionThe certificate needs to be turned in with yourthesis/project.