Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Delivering the keynote address

Alhamdulillah, invitation to deliver keynote address at the 5th ISDEV International Graduate Workshop (INGRAW10) this morning has been fulfilled successfully. In spite of not having a breakfast for not having adequate time and with a little dizziness in my head for perhaps not going to bed as earlier as is needed by an old man at my age, or  for not taking  my routine medicine for again not having enough time, Allah swt has helped me to have a lively discussion in the presentation of the keynote address. Thanks Allah.

The title of the keynote address is "Constructing A Well-Structured Thesis", delivered in front of about 100 graduate participants from various local and international universities. The Workshop, organised by the Centre for Islamic Development Management Studies (ISDEV) with the co-operation of Institute of Postgraduate Studies of Universiti Sains Malaysia, is an ISDEV annual event. This year, it has 76 papers to be presented by the participants during the two-day Workshop in 6 concurrent sessions.

Below is what I meant by "A Well-Structured Thesis", consisting of all the necessary components of a thesis, arranged in the following structure:
List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Literature Review
Chapter 3:  Research Methodology
Chapter 4:  Profile/Background of the Case Study (if any)
Chapter 5:  Analysis of Findings
Chapter 6:  Conclusion
Bibliography / References

Some may probably think and do it differently, but mine is based on ISDEV experience that has resulted in the production of winning theses, both at USM and national levels. Undeniably there is no universal standardization of the structure, but mine is firmly believed to have  not only covered all elements needed by a thesis, but also covering them systematically.
Participants listening to the keynote address
With some of the participants after the address

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