September 14, 2006

Academic writing III

I was talking to a Masters student whose dissertation I happen to supervise. I had a hinch, asked him a question and received an interesting story about hotel bookings in China. It was actual and useful. So, I questioned him, why didn't you just write about this in your dissertation. I recollected my own viva for a doctorate, when I have described interesting themes, but said that they're not in focus of the thesis because there were no time and space. The same answer I recieved from the student. He did a proposal when there was no time to write it properly and choose a subject of interest. The next thing he had was spending four months on the dissertation based on that proposal.

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