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NES 1016  How to Prepare a Doctoral Dissertation Credit 2
Description:  Dissertation writers need strong, practical advice, as well as someone to assure them that their struggles aren't unique. This course offers invaluable suggestions for the graduate-student writer. Using positive reinforcement, this course begins by reminding thesis writers that being able to devote themselves to a project that truly interests them can be a pleasurable adventure. The author of the textbook encourages them to pay close attention to their writing method in order to discover their individual work strategies that promote productivity; to stop feeling fearful that they may disappoint their advisers or family members; and to tailor their theses to their own writing style and personality needs. Using field-tested strategies, the student is assisted through the entire thesis-writing process, offering advice on choosing a topic and an adviser, on disciplining one's self to work at least fifteen minutes each day; setting short-term deadlines, on revising and defining the thesis, and on life and publication after the dissertation.
Text: 
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis, 1998 by Joan Bolker (Author)
Exam: Open book, 85% is passing