Research Design in Occupational Education
Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Handbook
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1. INTRODUCTION
This Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Handbook provides uniform standards for preliminary pages, vita, abstract, and margins of all material included in reports, theses, and dissertations which are submitted by graduate students to the Graduate Faculty of the Oklahoma State University. Throughout this "Handbook", "thesis" refers to report, thesis,or dissertation.
Because style varies from discipline to discipline, the writer is encouraged to follow the accepted style used in publications in his/her discipline. In the event the department does not have a suggested style to follow, sample pages are included in the Appendix.
PART 2. ORGANIZATION OF THE THESIS
A thesis consists of four principal parts:
Arrange the material in the order shown above so that it is ready for binding. Also don't forget to add 2 blank pages of thesis bond paper at the beginning and 2 at the end of the thesis.
Title Page (See Appendix for Masters and Doctoral)
The three parts of the title page are the title, author's full name, and a submission statement. Margins for the title page should be two inches at the top, bottom, and right side of the page, and two and one-half inches for the left side of the page. Place all material three spaces to the right of the physical center (approximately four and one-half inches from the left edge of the page) so that the title page will be properly centered following binding.
Title: The title of the thesis is in all capitals, with the second and succeeding lines indented on each side of the page so that the title forms an inverted pyramid.
Author's Full Name: The full name of the author (as it appears in University records) is in all capitals and centered.
The author's degrees follow, with the current name of the educational institution granting the degree and the year.
The name and the degree are to be centered between the title and the Submission Statement. Double-space for one degree; single-space for two or more degrees with a double-space between degrees.
Submission Statement: The Submission Statement indicates that the work is submitted to partially fulfill degree requirements. Single space the information, putting the degree in all capital letters, and arrange in an inverted pyramid shape.
Approval Page (See Appendix for Masters and Doctoral)
The Approval Page provides space for the committee and the Dean of the Graduate College to sign, indicating their approval. The page consists of the title and places for signatures. Margins should be identical to the title page except for the bottom of the page as mentioned below.
Title: The thesis title appears on the Approval Page aligned exactly as on the title page and with the same spacing.
Signature Lines: The Signature Lines are to be centered three spaces to the right of the physical center of the page so that the signatures will be centered when the thesis is bound. The size of the bottom margin depends on the number of signatures (for four signatures, leave four inches of margin below the Dean's signature line; for five or more signatures, provide three inches of margin). In all cases, never insert more lines than there will be signatures. Side margins are two and one-half inches on the left and two inches on the right.
Master's Thesis or Formal Report: Provide signature lines for all members of the advisory committee (at least three) and the Dean of the Graduate College.
Doctoral Dissertation: Provide signature lines for all members of the
advisory committee (at least four) and the Dean of the Graduate College.
Preface or Acknowledgments
The Preface (or Acknowledgments), normally written after the completed thesis, explains information the reader needs to know for a clear understanding of the thesis. It may include such matters as subject, purpose, and/or scope of the thesis; acknowledgments recognizing adviser's assistance as well as that of other faculty and staff; special contributions (family, librarians, correspondents, research foundations, etc.); financial support (grants, awards, etc.).
Table of Contents (See Appendix for an example)
The Table of Contents includes headings for at least all chapter titles, first level subheadings, bibliography, and appendix titles. Make certain that the Table of Contents entries correspond exactly with the entries as they appear in the text.
List of Tables (See Appendix for an example)
The List of Tables (if tables are presented in the text) follows the Table of Contents, beginning on a new page. You may combine the List of Tables with the List of Figures if the combination does not exceed one page. The author is responsible for coordinating all titles and numbers on the List of Tables with those in the thesis.
List of Figures (See Appendix for an example)
The List of Figures (if figures are presented in the text) follows the List of Tables, beginning on a new page. The author is responsible for coordinating all titles and numbers on the List of Figures with those in the thesis.
Nomenclature/List of Symbols
The Nomenclature and/or List of Symbols (if applicable) follow(s) the List of Figures. The Nomenclature includes abbreviations and terms found in the thesis that the writer uses frequently and does not define at each usage. The List of Symbols includes all special symbols used in the thesis that the writer does not define at each usage.
Margins for Preliminary Pages
Place main headings two inches from the top of the pages. Other margins are identical to the main body of the thesis: one and one-half inches on the left, and one inch right and bottom margins. Top margin for any succeeding pages after the heading page is one inch.
Numbering Preliminary Pages
Number all preliminary pages with lower case Roman numerals. Place numbers one-half inch from bottom of page, three spaces to the right of center. Count but do not number the title page.
Body of Thesis
Text: The writer and advisory committee determine the format to be used (style acceptable in the writer's discipline), the exact number of chapters and their sequence. The text is to be double spaced.
Margins: Margins must be as follows: A one inch margin at top, bottom and right-hand side of the page and a One and one-half inch margin on left-hand side of the page. The writer must adhere to these margins.
Page Numbers: All text pages are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.
Subheadings: If you are not following a particular style accepted in your discipline, samples of various levels of subheadings are presented in the Appendix.
Reference material includes the bibliography and appendix (if applicable). This material supplements the thesis content, aiding the reader in understanding.
Bibliography: The Bibliography lists all materials the author found useful in preparing the thesis. It follows the last page of text and usually contains an alphabetical listing of references. Preparation of such a list is to be based on the style manual selected by the writer and adviser. If you are not following a style used in your discipline, sample pages are included in the Appendix.
Appendix: An appendix contains material too detailed for inclusion in the body of the thesis. All material in the appendix must conform to the margins specified above. The Appendix follows the Bibliography.
Vita (See Appendix for an example)
Include your vita, or biographical sketch, with the thesis. List all educational institutions attended after graduation from high school and the date you received the undergraduate or graduate degree (or both). List professional organizations and other personal information of a scholarly nature. Do not include a list of publications. Add as last line in
Education section: 'Completed the Requirements for the (degree title) degree at Oklahoma State University in (month, year/graduation)'. Do not number the vita page. Margins are identical to the preliminary pages.
Abstract (See Appendix for an example.)
The University requires six copies of a uniform, brief abstract of each thesis or report submitted to the Graduate College. The abstract provides information about the thesis for interested persons and enables them to decide whether or not they wish to read the entire work. The abstracts are not placed in the thesis but are submitted separately. Allow a one and one-half inch left margin and a one-inch margin top and right margin. Always place signature line 1 inch from the bottom edge of the page. For 'Number of Pages in Study' use the number of the last page before the Vita. NOTE: If you are using a font too large to allow 'Location' to be on the same line as 'Institution', then you may place 'Location' a double space below 'Institution' at left margin. The Abstract must be contained on one page with a 350 word limit.
Visuals consist of materials that supplement the text and consist mainly of three types: tables, figures, equations.
Tables: Tables consist of data arranged in horizontal and vertical rows; the data may be numeric, verbal, or a combination. Organize the table with your reader in mind. Allow quick and unambiguous access to the information. Information presented in the table must be within the margins specified for the text of the thesis. Consult your style manual for designing tables. If your department does not follow a specific style, refer to the Appendix.
Figures: All illustrative materials other than tables are considered figures. These may include charts, graphs, drawings, etc. They also help the reader understand the material in the text. All figures must conform to margins specified for the text of the thesis. Consult your style manual for designing and presenting figures. If your department does not follow a specific style, refer to the Appendix.
Equations: If using equations, follow the appropriate style manual for placement and numbering practices. Make certain that all equations are consistently presented in the text.
Research Involving Human Subjects
Federal policy requires that ALL research involving human subjects be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects are properly protected. Therefore, all research dealing with human subjects conducted by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate and undergraduate students must be reviewed by the IRB. The review form, returned to the student by the IRB, is required to be inserted in an Appendix to the thesis. A sample of the IRB review form is included in the Appendix. The IRB form must be reduced to fit within the thesis margins.
PART 3. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING FORMAT
It is the responsibility of the writer, under the direction of the advisory committee, to organize and arrange the thesis so as to present an appearance appropriate to such a scholarly document.
All copies must be printed on watermarked OSU Thesis Bond paper (available in the Student Union Bookstore). Type size should be equivalent to 10 or 12 pitch. Use a letter-quality printer. The writer must strictly adhere to the following margins in the text of the thesis: one inch for the top, bottom and right sides and one and one-half inches for the left side.
Print only on the front side of a page. The reverse side must be left blank.
PART 4. ENROLLMENT DURING SEMESTER OF GRADUATION
All students must be enrolled in at least 2 hours during the semester in which they graduate. A waiver of this enrollment may be granted if the student completes all requirements for the degree before classwork ends during the preceding semester.
All students must be enrolled before the last day of the regular enrollment period in each semester. This includes students who are only enrolling in research hours. Failure to complete enrollment before this time will preclude graduation during the particular semester.
Students must file a diploma application for the semester in which they are to graduate. If such an application has been filed in a previous semester, it still must be updated during the final semester. Diploma applications are filed and updated in the Certifications office, 103 Whitehurst.
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