In the faculty, the Author/Date/Page system of referencing is in general use, with a few exceptions.Note that computer programs such as Endnote are available on faculty computers, so you may like to find out which systems of conventions it employs and choose accordingly. An abstract is a one-paragraph summary of a research project.
For most students, it will be very important to know how to use a computer for writing the thesis or project.
Courses are available at the Computer Centre, the Short Course Centre, and often also in the faculty at Clayton Campus.
In support of your thesis, you may also submit any relevant publication(s) of which you are the sole or joint author.
However, you may not present as the thesis any work which has been presented for any other degree at Monash or another university, unless this work has been published and is merely in support of the thesis. Apart from ensuring that you have frequent meetings with your supervisor, and that you know about all your responsibilities and the services others can provide, you may wish to read the following words of advice on writing about your research.
In journals, the abstract allows readers to quickly grasp the purpose and major ideas of a paper and lets other researchers know whether reading the entire paper will be worthwhile.
In conferences, the abstract is the advertisement that the paper deserves the audience's attention.Responsibility for the layout of the thesis and selection of the title rests with you and should be guided by discussion with your supervisor.You are required to state unambiguously the sources of your information and the extent to which the work of others has been used.Don't leave it until you start writing up to consult with Language and Learning staff if you need help.Please contact Language and Learning lecturer: Jane Moodie, Room 220, Building 72, Ph: 9905 5488.Information is also available from Jane Moodie, the Language and Learning lecturer within the Faculty of Engineering, who is located in Room 220, Building 72. (1987) How to get a Ph D: A handbook for students and their supervisors, Open University Press, Milton Keynes. (1996) The Research Student's Guide to Success, Open University Press, Buckingham Evans, D. (2002) How to write a Better Thesis, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria. (1992) Successful Dissertations and Theses, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. Jane can assist with writing analytically and on approaches to writing for writers of both non-English speaking and English speaking backgrounds. Programs such as Word include templates for dissertations (and other kinds of writing); these may, like Endnote, help you to maintain a consistent use of conventions throughout your thesis. You should discuss conventions with your supervisor at the beginning stages. Seminars and classes on communicating your research are held for Engineering research students each semester.Individual consultations are available when intensive work to develop research language and communication skills is needed.