A tool to help with thesis writing

Thesis Writing: Teaching the Genre
A workshop plan to help supervisors teach their students about the structure of a typical thesis.

Workshop introduction

This workshop plan is designed to help supervisors explain the structure of a typical research report or thesis to their students. The basic plan is for a seminar and discussion session covering the major sections of an extended research report (or thesis). Suggestions for offering this material plus writers’ workshop activities for supervisors and/or students are included in the plan.

Workshop aims

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • explain with confidence the overall shape of a major research report/thesis to their students
  • discuss in some detail the purposes and elements of the sections of a thesis
  • improve their ability to counsel students on editorial changes to thesis drafts

The workshop may also help supervisors increase their own self-confidence and efficiency as writers.

List of contents

  1. Aims
  2. Introduction
  3. Who, when and why
  4. Program overview
  5. Preparation
  6. Program
  7. Detailed advice for facilitators
  8. Overheads
  9. Handouts


These materials were drawn from┬áthe booklet ‘Writing Your Project Report’ which was produced for students enrolled in Environmental Health in Practice at the University of Western Sydney.

These resources were provided to fIRST by Associate Professor Carolyn Webb, Director of Educational Development, University of Western Sydney. Dr Peggy Nightingale helped develop this workshop plan.

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