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Title: Cleveland State University EEC 414/503, ESC 720 Writing in Electrical and Computer Engineering


1
Cleveland State UniversityEEC 414/503, ESC
720Writing in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Lecture 5 State Your Thesis
  • Dan Simon

2
State Your Thesis
  • Thesis Focus
  • A one-sentence statement of the main message of
    your report
  • How to define a strong thesis statement
  • You have your topic (topic ? thesis)
  • You have your sources and summaries

3
State Your Thesis
  • What do you know about your topic?
  • Absolute view
  • History
  • Major subtopics
  • Cultural issues
  • Controversies
  • Contrasting theories or approaches
  • Current research directions

4
State Your Thesis
  • What do you know about your topic?
  • Relative view
  • Under what classifications does your topic fall?
  • What are some related topics?

5
State Your Thesis
  • Based on the following
  • What you know about your topic
  • The questions you asked in your source summaries
  • ask a question you want to answer in your
    report
  • The question must point to your references
  • The question must be challenging to you
  • The question must be interesting to you
  • The answer must fill 12 pages of text
  • The answer must be able to be summarized in one
    sentence
  • The answer to your question is your thesis (focus)

6
State Your Thesis
  • Qualities of a Good Thesis Question
  • Requires explanation
  • Not a yes/no question
  • Not answerable with well-known facts
  • Requires analysis, synthesis, experiment, etc.
  • Specific not too general

7
Thesis Examples
  • Analyze the following thesis examples
  • Hydrogenated oils are bad for you.
  • The government should regulate the use of
    hydrogenated oils in fried fast foods because
    scientific studies have linked these oils to
    cancer and heart disease.
  • Hydrogenated oils deposit fatty acids and clog
    arteries.
  • We should get the FDA to label every package of
    cookies with the content of hydrogenated oils.
  • Scientific studies link hydrogenated oils to
    cancer and heart disease.

8
Thesis Examples
  • Analyze the following thesis examples
  • Hydrogenated oils are bad for you.
  • The government should regulate the use of
    hydrogenated oils in fried fast foods because
    scientific studies have linked these oils to
    cancer and heart disease.
  • Hydrogenated oils deposit fatty acids and clog
    arteries.
  • We should get the FDA to label every package of
    cookies with the content of hydrogenated oils.
  • Scientific studies link hydrogenated oils to
    cancer and heart disease.

Too General
Good
Too Factual
Too Informal
Too Factual
9
Thesis Examples
  • Analyze the following thesis examples
  • Impedance control is better than position control
    for prosthetic legs.
  • Impedance control can optimize a wider range of
    cost functions than position control in
    prosthetic legs.
  • Prosthetic legs should be made more widely
    available in third-world countries.
  • Prosthetic leg research is a waste of time
    because people need to take better care of their
    own health so they dont have to get their legs
    amputated.
  • Prosthetic legs have greatly advanced in
    capability since the introduction of the
    microprocessor.

10
Thesis Examples
  • Analyze the following thesis examples
  • Impedance control is better than position control
    for prosthetic legs.
  • Impedance control can optimize a wider range of
    cost functions than position control in
    prosthetic legs.
  • Prosthetic legs should be made more widely
    available in third-world countries.
  • Prosthetic leg research is a waste of time
    because people need to take better care of their
    own health so they dont have to get their legs
    amputated.
  • Prosthetic legs have greatly advanced in
    capability since the introduction of the
    microprocessor.

Too General
Good
Too General
Too Informal
Too Factual
11
Make Your Thesis Strong and Focused
  • It should be a product of your literature review
  • It should be the answer to an interesting
    question
  • It should have a clear wider significance
  • It should be as short as possible, while still
    being long enough to be specific
  • It should be reworded five times to sharpen it
    start with a long thesis, and then try to shorten
    it

12
Make Your Thesis Strong and Focused
  • It should be interesting to your audience
  • What does your audience know about your topic?
  • How does your audience feel about your topic?
  • Your audience is open-minded.
  • Your audience wants to learn.

13
Thesis Examples
  • Impedance control is good.

14
Thesis Examples
  • Impedance control is good.
  • Too broad
  • No criteria for good

15
Thesis Examples
  • I decided to research impedance control because
    it is an interesting and important topic, a lot
    of papers have been written about it, and I think
    it can help a lot of amputees.

16
Thesis Examples
  • I decided to research impedance control because
    it is an interesting and important topic, a lot
    of papers have been written about it, and I think
    it can help a lot of amputees.
  • Too long
  • Too personal
  • Not formal enough
  • Not specific enough

17
Thesis Examples
  • American students are prone to plagiarism in
    their writing because of the laziness that is
    inherent in American culture.

18
Thesis Examples
  • American students are prone to plagiarism in
    their writing because of the laziness that is
    inherent in American culture.
  • Prejudicial and biased
  • Too broad to make a strong case

19
Thesis Examples
  • There are big differences between the ADRC and
    PID control approaches.

20
Thesis Examples
  • There are big differences between the ADRC and
    PID control approaches.
  • Too general

21
Thesis Examples
  • Model-free control is a way to control an
    engineering system without having a mathematical
    model for the system.

22
Thesis Examples
  • Model-free control is a way to control an
    engineering system without having a mathematical
    model for the system.
  • Too factual
  • Does not include the writers viewpoint

23
State Your Thesis
  • Your thesis can include broader implications
  • The government should regulate the use of
    hydrogenated oils in fried fast foods because
    scientific studies have linked these oils to
    cancer and heart disease.
  • Impedance control can optimize a wider range of
    cost functions than position control, and is thus
    a more flexible and effective control method for
    prosthetic legs.

24
Acknowledgments
  • CSU Writing Centerwww.csuohio.edu/academic/writin
    gcenter
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