(CHUO KIKUU MZUMBE)
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THESIS OR DISSERTATION
Prepared by: The Directorate of Research, Publications, and Postgraduate Studies P.O. Box 63 Mzumbe Morogoro, Tanzania Tel: +255 (0) 23 2604380/1/3/4 Fax: +255 (0) 23 2604382 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mzumbe.ac.tz
TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION ONE INTRODUCTION .. .. .. .. .. .. 1.1 Preamble .. .. .. .. .. 1.2 Thesis versus dissertation .. .. .. 1.3 Objectives of the thesis or dissertation option 1.4 Non-thesis /Non- dissertation option. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 1 1 1 1 1
SECTION TWO FONTS, MARGINS, SPACING, PARAGRAPHS, PAGINATIONS, ETC. 2.1 Typing and spacing .. .. .. .. .. .. 2.2 Dissertation/ Thesis title and its chapters..
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Generally, a thesis/dissertation reflects a learning experience for a student. To maintain a high standard of a student’s work that is acceptable for a graduate degree, the Directorate of Research, Publications, and Postgraduate Studies (DRPS) has developed guidelines to assist students in preparing their theses or dissertations. The guidelines are also useful to undergraduate students in writing their fieldwork reports besides most other academic writing. For matters not covered by these guidelines, each student should consult other sources for additional clarifications. With exception of the Faculty of Law where some of their writing styles and requirements may differ from what is provided in this document, where these other sources differ or conflict with these guidelines, our guidelines shall govern. Thesis versus dissertation More often than not, the two terms, thesis or dissertation, are used interchangeably though ‘thesis’ is usually used for a research work in programmes that go without a coursework while ‘dissertation’ is applied to a research work that involves a coursework and hence the dissertation becomes a partial fulfilment for the requirements of that programme. Objectives of the thesis or dissertation option The