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Title: A Logistical Guideline to Preparing, Researching, Writing and Defending Your Thesis in the Community College Leadership Programme


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A Logistical Guideline toPreparing, Researching,
Writing and Defending Your Thesis in the
Community College Leadership Programme
  • Joseph Mior, Ed.D
  • Sir Sandford Fleming College
  • December, 2003

2
Purpose
  • The purpose of this document is to outline the
    logistical steps required and the necessary
    references you need to allow you can focus on the
    important step of writing your thesis without
    worrying about how to form your thesis committee,
    getting approval for your thesis, arranging for
    an oral defence and the requirements for getting
    your thesis printed.

3
Key Documentation
  • There are two documents that would serve as your
    main point of reference.
  • OISE/UT Guidelines for Theses and Orals
  • Graduate Supervision Guidelines for Students,
    Faculty, and Administrators
  • Click on the titles and you will be transported
    to the appropriate web site
  • It is strongly recommended that you download and
    print these files
  • If you need Acrobat Reader click here.

4
Flowchart
  • The flowchart that follows will give you an
    overview of the various steps that you need to
    follow to complete your Doctoral journey.
  • You should print this document out and keep it
    handy as a reference.
  • Following this overview, you will be presented
    with additional information for each step.

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Developing the Thesis Proposal
  • The thesis proposal is developed in consultation
    with a member of the faculty, typically your
    academic advisor or a prospective supervisor.
  • Most students write several draft proposals as
    their thinking evolves and is shaped in
    interaction with faculty, peers, research, etc.
  • The proposal should leave the reader in no doubt
    as to what the author proposes to do and how.
  • For additional information see Page 2 of the
    OISE/UT Guidelines.

7
Choosing a Supervisor
  • The responsibility for finding a supervisor rests
    with you.
  • The choice of a faculty member who will supervise
    the thesis work required to fulfill degree
    requirements is one of the most critical
    decisions you will make.
  • You will need a supervisor who will be not only
    academically competent in a your particular area
    but also willing to act as your advocate when
    necessary.
  • It is important that you be able to work and
    communicate effectively with your supervisor and
    not feel overwhelmed or intimidated in the
    relationship.
  • For additional information refer to Pages 6-9 in
    the Graduate Supervision Guidelines for Students,
    Faculty and Administrators.

8
Forming the Thesis Committee
  • In putting together a Supervisory Thesis
    Committee, you might find it useful to discuss
    your topic and proposal with a number of
    potential committee members.
  • In consultation with your Thesis Supervisor, the
    other thesis committee members can be selected.
  • Thus, the committee selection process and the
    proposal development process tend to take place
    simultaneously.
  • For further information consult Pages 3 6 of
    OISE/UT Guidelines and Page 11 of Graduate
    Supervision Guidelines for Students, Faculty and
    Administrators
  • Please note that the Supervisory Thesis Committee
    cannot be formed until the Comprehensive Exams
    have been successfully completed.

9
Presenting Proposal to TPS
  • You and your supervisor may jointly decide to
    arrange to present your proposal to the Faculty
    and Graduate Students of TPS to get feedback in a
    non-threatening atmosphere.
  • Arrangements for such a presentation may be made
    with Janice Verner, the Academic Liaison Officer
    at (416) 923-6641 Ext. 2203 or through email at
    jverner_at_oise.utoronto.ca

10
Researching and Writing Your Thesis
  • This is where a lot of determination and plain
    hard work comes in.
  • You should stay in close touch with your
    committee.
  • There are a number of excellent references on the
    Web which will guide you in this area.
  • Make sure that you take a close look at the
    Cohortian Research Links page on the Web at
    http//gaia.flemingc.on.ca/jmior/OISE/research.ht
    m

11
Researching and Writing Your Thesis
  • In addition to checking out the Cohortian
    Research Links page you should know that the
    OISE/UT Education Commons has copies of all
    theses and titles and summaries of current
    proposals.
  • You should also check out these sites
  • http//www.learnerassociates.net/dissthes/
  • Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or
    Dissertation
  • http//www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/dec/essay.dissertat
    ion.html
  • How To Write A Dissertation
  • http//www.pitt.edu/graduate/dissertation.html
  • Thesis/Dissertation from the University of
    Pittsburg
  • http//www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/dtwe
    bguide.htm
  • George Mason University Dissertation and Thesis
    Guide
  • http//www.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/thesis.html
  • How to Write a PhD Thesis

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Committee Recommendation for Oral Exam
  • Thesis Committee acts on behalf of OISE/UT in
  • Giving formal approval of thesis topic and
    proposal.
  • Advising, guiding, and supervising the thesis
    work.
  • Receiving progress reports and requiring
    necessary modifications.
  • Arranging for a seminar presentation where
    required.
  • Recommending the readiness of the thesis for the
    Final Oral Examination.
  • Reference Page 6 OISE/UT Guidelines

13
TPS Departmental Presentation
  • Your Thesis Supervisor or his/her delegate will
    arrange for a Departmental presentation of your
    Thesis.
  • Final opportunity to get feedback from Committee
    members, other faculty and Graduate Students.
  • Your Supervisor will give you advice in terms of
    format and timing.
  • Feel free to check with Colleagues who have
    completed their thesis. Contact information may
    be obtained from the Cohortian Web Page.

14
Timing For Oral Defense
  • The time interval for setting the Oral Defence
    and other requirements may be found on Page 12 of
    OISE/UT Guidelines.

15
Oral Defense and External Examiner
  • You must defend the thesis at an examination
    before a Final Oral Examination Committee.
  • The thesis is recommended for the Final Oral
    Examination by your thesis committee, your
    Department Chair, and the Registrar, OISE/UT.
  • This examination determines whether or not you
    are recommended for the degree.
  • Consequently this is a very stressful time for
    most candidates.
  • Your Supervisor, your committee and colleagues
    who have gone before you will give you all the
    support possible.
  • Further details about this aspect of the Doctoral
    Journey may be found on Pages 11-14 of OISE/UT
    Guidelines.

16
Thesis and Defense Found Acceptable
  • See Page 15 of OISE/UT Guidelines.
  • Requirements for the final submission of your
    Doctoral Thesis can be found on Page 17 of
    OISE/UT Guidelines

17
Thesis and Defense Found Not Acceptable
  • Refer to Pages 15-16 of OISE/UT Guidelines

18
Feedback
  • We hope this presentation will prove useful in
    lowering your anxiety level as you travel along
    the road to the completion of your Doctoral
    Journey.
  • Any comments or feedback to make this document
    useful may be forward to Joe Mior at
    jmior_at_flemingc.on.ca
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