Courses Catalogue

Thesis

COURSE CODE: CCC9401
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 70
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Science, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

Each student will be required to plan an investigation and analyse, collect and present the findings in report form. This will involve the hypothesis inductive method of research, survey and interviewing techniques, questionnaire design etc. the project will be chosen in the context of the individual’s present or future employment intentions or areas of special interest.  The thesis shall: (i) represent an original and significant contribution to knowledge; (ii) clearly demonstrate the capacity of the candidate to pursue independent research; (iii) be written in clear and coherent prose. Decisions concerning the scope of the thesis and its length should be based primarily upon the nature of the problem and documentation. Conciseness is a literary virtue; quality does not increase with length; (iv) be capable of development for publication as a scholarly publication (a book) or articles in peer reviewed scholarly journals. The following aspects among others should be taken care of by the doctoral student during this course to result into a higher quality of the thesis.

Thesis requirements: fulfilling the regulations, your supervisor’s wishes and your own ambitions,

dealing with the concept of originality,

writing strategies and writing tips,

obtaining useful feedback,

checking the viability of your enterprise by writing a concise introduction,

creating an effective outline (table of contents) and outline description,

planning on the basis of your outline,

order and structure,

literature and references

writing convincing conclusions,

writing effective summaries and useful recommendations,

scientific style,

illustrations, layout,

writing effective propositions

 However, the recommended format is outlined in the Postgraduate Handbook (2nd Version, 2016), Kampala International University (Appendix 6: Proposal Format).

MODE OF DELIVERY

The course is largely participatory in nature; it includes lectures and tutorials. Students are required to make presentations (either individually or in groups) on assigned readings and a critical analysis of those readings. Additionally, the following delivery modes shall also be used:

Lectures/Seminars

Reading assignments

Revision tutorials/ self studies

Demonstrations/documentaries and video material when appropriate

Practical assignments

Computer design laboratories

A web site with access to in-depth materials

Field trips/case studies

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

Whiteboard and Markers

Flip Charts

LCD Projectors

CDs, DVDs and Tapes