Writing a thesis or report is not easy. On these pages, you can find
some advice that hopefully will help you to approach this task. In
general, here are some things to consider:
- Avoid plagiarism (and other forms of fraud).
- In most institutions, plagiarism is considered fraud
This means that being caught committing plagiarism will
result in strict punishment, up to and including being
removed or even banned from the study programme.
- Plagiarism is copying (e.g., text, tables, figures or
graphs) without clearly identifying the copied part
and the source.
- Avoid plagiarism by ALWAYS CITING YOUR SOURCES WHEREVER
YOU USE THEM.
- Check other theses
Have a look through a few other theses of your institution (for
the OU: here). This will
help you get a feeling for what a thesis looks like at your
- Know your audience and your goals
Your writing is targeted towards a specific audience, and its
primary purpose is to achieve the desired goal(s).
- Design your thesis
When you write a program, you do not just begin to write. First
you think and create a design. Do the same for a report, it will
save you a lot of time!
- Structure, structure, structure
Computer science is all about structuring information.
Some advice on research questions, figures and tables,
references, and formulas.
- Finding literature
Some advice on how to find related work quickly and