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ORGANISATION OT THE THESIS
1.1 Definition of a Thesis
Thesis in this manual refers to a documented report of the process followed and the results of original research conducted by a student in fulfilment of the requirements for a graduate degree. The thesis should be presented in a manner that will reflect credit on the student, the faculty, and the University. The term thesis used throughout this manual refers to doctoral and master¡¯s theses and dissertations as well as bachelor degree project report.
1.2 Organisation of the Thesis
A thesis is made up of three main parts namely preliminary pages, text and references. These are arranged as in Table 1.1.
1.3 Thesis Status Declaration
Thesis status declaration is done using the Thesis Status Declaration form issued by Perpustakaan Sultanah Zanariah (PSZ), i.e. PSZ 19:16 (Pind. 1/07) form (see Appendix A). If the box CONFIDENTIAL or RESTRICTED is marked [..], a letter from the party classifying the information as confidential or restricted must be attached. The letter should clearly indicate
(i) the reasons for classification
(ii) the duration for classification
A typical duration for confidential or restricted classification is three (3) years. A thesis can be classified as confidential or restricted up to a maximum period of five (5) years. Examples can be seen in Appendices A and B.
If the status declaration form is not submitted or the form is incompletely filled, the University will assume the thesis is unrestricted and therefore the library will make the copies of the thesis available for distribution as published academic exchange materials.
Table 1.1: Arrangement of parts in a thesis
Section SUBJECT STATUS EXAMPLE
Blank paper - - -
1.3 Declaration of the
Status of Thesis
compulsory A without page number
1.3 Letter regarding