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Concordia university's gina cody school of encs thesis latex template + logos.
This is an updated LaTeX template for Master's and Ph.D. theses in the newly renamed Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. It builds on Suo Tan's version , and brings the following:
- Complies with 2019 requirements (they tend to change every so often...)
- Correct list and order of examiners for Master's and Ph.D.
- Some changes to support the CIISE department in the cover page
- Fixed links in the Table of Contents to the List of Figures/Tables
- Support for including thesis defence date or leaving it blank
- Removes PTEX.Fullbanner from included resources (hides resource author/dates/potential full paths)
- Vectorized Concordia and Gina Cody logos in Appendix, to be used e.g., in the thesis presentation
- Under %% THESIS SETTINGS , fill your name, thesis title, then the name of the program you are enrolled in (e.g., Computer Science), and your department.
- Next, check whether your department has the GPD or the Chair to sign the thesis and toogle \isGpd in the former case. Search for the name of the current GPD of your department if needed.
- Then, search for the name of the current Dean of the faculty .
- Fill the names of the examiners
- Fill the initial submission and defence dates if available
Example 1: Ph.D. thesis in the CIISE department
Example of a Ph.D. thesis in the CIISE department with the names of the GPD/Dean as of 2019, and a co-supervisor.
Note, if your thesis title takes two lines on the signature page, find the following line in cuthesis.sty :
and comment it.
Example 2: MApCompSc thesis in the Computer Science & Software Engineering department
Example of a MApCompSc thesis in the Computer Science & Software Engineering department with the names of the GPD/Dean as of 2019.
Install MiKTeX , preferably install the complete set of packages, or at least install the cm-super font package. If not using an IDE such as TeXstudio , the compilation process using PDFLatex is standard:
https://www.concordia.ca/content/dam/sgs/docs/handbooks/thesispreparationguide.pdf (official guidelines) https://github.com/Tandysony/LaTeX-Thesis-Template-for-Concordia-University-Students (Suo Tan's template) ssh://login.encs.concordia.ca/nfs/encs/Share/teTeX/cuthesis/* (original template) https://cspace.concordia.ca/content/dam/cspace/docs/concordia-brand-manual.pdf (logos)
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The dissertation is an independent, scholarly work of research completed by the doctoral candidate, under the guidance of a dissertation committee. A dissertation demonstrates a candidate’s ability to undertake scholarship in his or her field through intellectual endeavor and the application of research skills. The completion of a dissertation requires a scholarly mindset involving ongoing evaluation, analysis, and synthesis of previous, relevant research as well as one’s own work. A dissertation involves exploring an important problem or issue in one’s discipline fully to answer a major and often subsidiary research questions. The problem or issue to be explored should be one that is worthy of substantial and meaningful inquiry, one that warrants investigation due to its centrality within the candidate’s field of study (for PhD candidates) or to issues of practice and application (EdD candidates). A dissertation demonstrates the ability to build theory, test ideas, and/or discover new knowledge or a potential solution in relation to the problem or issue being studied. On the average, a final dissertation manuscript ranges from 100 to 300 pages in length depending on the research questions and methodology employed. Typically, a dissertation takes 2 to 3 years to complete, although it is possible to complete dissertation research within a year.
The dissertation consists of five discrete, but interconnected chapters. The chapters include:
- Chapter 1: Introduction;
- Chapter 2: Literature Review;
- Chapter 3: Methodology;
- Chapter 4: Results; and
- Chapter 5: Conclusions, Implications, Recommendations.
Chapters 1 through 3 constitute the dissertation proposal; essentially, a proposal is a concise plan or blueprint for conducting the remainder of one’s research. The addition of chapters 4 and 5 represent the final dissertation manuscript.
See the Proposal and Dissertation Template in the Collegial Cloud (under the “Milestone 2” tab) for clarification of the expectations for each chapter. The template serves as a working outline of the typical elements of each section of the dissertation. Sections of the Templat e may be filled in or modified based on the candidate’s dissertation topic, methodology, and/or direction provided by his or her committee chairperson.
Dissertation Final Defense
The dissertation final defense is a public presentation by the candidate primarily to his or her committee members. While the proposal defense presented the candidate’s study plan (chapters 1, 2, and 3), the final defense is focused on the findings, analysis, and conclusions generated having conducted the research (chapters 4 and 5). The presentation is conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams. The oral defense lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. A dissertation defense may not be scheduled until the entire dissertation committee has determined that the dissertation is ready to be presented. A candidate and all of his or her committee members must be able to participate in the live defense. Defenses are coordinated by the dissertation chairperson and scheduled by the Coordinator of the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs. Because oral defenses are public, the candidate may invite family, friends, colleagues, and classmates to attend virtually or in person.
Committee members have the following options for the outcome of the defense: (a) pass, (b) pass with revisions, (c) pass pending further review, or (d) fail. The candidate must receive a signed ballot of approval from all three committee members to pass.
The CUC Dissertation
Q: What is a dissertation?
The dissertation is an independent, scholarly piece of work completed by you, the doctoral candidate, under the guidance of a dissertation committee. A dissertation demonstrates your ability to undertake scholarship in your field through intellectual endeavor and the use of research skills. A dissertation involves exploring an important problem fully to answer a research question. The problem to be explored should be one that is worthy of substantial inquiry, one that warrants investigation due to its centrality within your field of study (for PhD candidates) or to issues of practice (for EdD candidates). Dissertations demonstrate the ability to build theory, test ideas, and/or discover new knowledge about the problem being studied. They average between 100-300 pages in length and take approximately 2-3 years to complete, although it is possible to complete the dissertation in a year.
Q: What is the difference between the EdD (Doctor of Education) and the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees?
The EdD degree is a specialized professional degree in education. The focus of the EdD program of study is both professional and applied. EdD students conceptualize and conduct their dissertation research on specific practices or policies that affect their school/district/ organization. EdD students usually conduct their dissertation research within their workplace. EdD students generally plan to continue their work in the realm of professional practice. In contrast, the PhD degree focuses on research, scholarship, and scholarly writing. The PhD degree program of study emphasizes theory and research methodology; PhD students take more courses related to research. Although PhD dissertation research may have implications for practice, the emphasis is primarily theoretical; students conduct research outside of their workplaces. Traditionally, PhD students pursue academic careers in colleges and universities.
The National Science Foundation recognizes the EdD and PhD as equivalent. Many college and university professors hold an EdD degree. Both degrees are open to different methodologies (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods). Completion of both degrees requires sound scholarly work and a considerable investment of effort and time. Academic job prospects after obtaining either an EdD or PhD depend on the specific needs of college and university departments, rather than the types of degree or research emphasis.
Q: What is the three article dissertation?
The three article dissertation consists of three separate papers published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals . You must be the sole author or the second author. The three papers can be read and understood independently but should be on a related topic. The structure of the three article dissertation is: 1) Introduction; 2) Article one; 3) Article two; 4) Article three; 5) Conclusions and implications for future research and/or practice. You must secure all copyright permissions and original IRB approvals before finalizing the proposal and formatting the dissertation.
For HHP students, please see the documents in Milestone 2.
No additional stipulations exist specific to other programs.
Q: When can I start my dissertation?
Although there are many aspects of your coursework and the comprehensive exam that connect to the dissertation, you cannot formally begin your dissertation until the following steps have been accomplished:
- Successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam
- Admission to Doctoral Candidacy
- Approval of the pre-proposal by the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs
- Formation of the dissertation committee
Please see “Comprehensive Exam FAQ” under the “Milestone 1” tab for details about items 1 and 2. Please see “CUC Dissertation Committee FAQ” under the “Milestone 2” tab for details related to item 4.
You are strongly encouraged, however, to begin thinking about and identifying a potential research topic and problem to be addressed in your dissertation at an early stage of your engagement in doctoral coursework. Doing so will enable you to locate and read relevant scholarly literature (peer reviewed studies) on an ongoing basis, refine your thinking, and as a result make more immediate dissertation progress, when the steps enumerated above have been achieved.
Notice that you can begin the data collection process for your dissertation research upon the CUC Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.
Q: What does the dissertation entail?
The dissertation consists of five discrete but interconnected chapters. These chapters include:
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Literature Review
- Chapter 3: Methodology
- Chapter 4: Results
- Chapter 5: Conclusions, Implications, Recommendations
Please see the Proposal and Dissertation Template on the Collegial Cloud (under the “Milestone 2” tab) for clarification of the expectations for each chapter. This template serves as a working outline of the typical elements of each section of the dissertation. It may be modified based on your dissertation topic, methodology, and direction provided by the chairperson. Chapters 1, 2 and 3 must be written before holding a dissertation proposal defense with your dissertation committee and before data collection may begin.
Q: What is the dissertation proposal?
The dissertation proposal includes Chapters 1, 2, and 3, including all instruments, consent forms, and appendixes. You will work directly with your dissertation committee chairperson for the structure, review process, and distribution of each dissertation proposal chapter to your committee members. You are strongly encouraged, however, to begin thinking about and identifying a potential research topic and problem to be addressed in your dissertation at an early stage of your engagement in doctoral coursework. Doing so will enable you to locate and read relevant scholarly literature on an ongoing basis, refine your thinking, and as a result make more immediate dissertation progress when the steps enumerated above have been achieved.
Q: What is the dissertation proposal defense?
The dissertation proposal defense is a private presentation completed by the candidate to his/her committee members. This presentation is completed virtually via Microsoft Teams. The defense lasts approximately 90 minutes. A dissertation proposal defense may not be scheduled until the entire dissertation committee has determined that the dissertation proposal is ready to be presented. You and all of your committee members must be able to participate in the live defense. Defenses are coordinated by your dissertation chairperson and scheduled by the Coordinator of the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs at least two weeks in advance. While proposal defenses are private, the final defense is public and you may therefore invite family, friends, colleagues, and classmates to attend virtually.
Committee members have the following options for the outcome of your defense: 1) APPROVE, 2) APPROVE WITH REVISIONS, or 3) FAIL. You must receive a signed ballot of approval from two out of three of your committee members in order to move forward on your dissertation. Candidates may not submit the dissertation proposal to the Institution Review Board (IRB) or begin the research until the proposal is APPROVED. If you are approved with revisions, you must make those revisions before submitting your proposal to the IRB. If a candidate fails the defense, he/she must repeat the dissertation proposal defense before moving forward with the dissertation.
Please see “Milestone 3 Documents” for a detailed explanation of the procedures and how to prepare for the defense.
Q: Once my proposal is approved by the dissertation committee, when do I begin my research?
You are required by federal legislation to submit an IRB (Institutional Review Board) application to the Concordia University IRB Office (via IRBnet.com) and any other district or local IRBs such as the Chicago Board of Education or the New York Board of Education. Details about the IRB process can be found on the Collegial Cloud (under the “Milestone 2” tab). Only upon written approval from all IRBs may you begin your data collection.
Q: How long does it take to complete research for the dissertation?
It varies tremendously. Doctoral candidates work at their own pace and are largely self-directed during this experience. There are no due dates, no assignments, and no deadlines as you develop into an independent scholar under the direction of your dissertation committee.
The amount of time required to collect data is dependent on factors such as sample recruitment, data collection schedules inherent in the design of the research, as well as the type and amount of data to be collected. The amount of time required to analyze data is even more variable. Data analysis strategies depend on the quality, type, and amount of data; the candidate’s skill and willingness to learn data analysis techniques; and the involvement of the dissertation committee. External consultants may be used for data analysis, but these are at the expense of the candidate.
The average length of time to complete a dissertation in the field of education and/or leadership is 2 years. It is possible to complete the dissertation in a year. The Graduate Catalog specifies that the dissertation must be completed within 10 years of the entry date of enrollment in the doctoral program.
Q: What do I register for while I am working on my dissertation?
All doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment each semester (16 weeks) to be considered a student at CUC, to continue working with your dissertation committee, and to have access to Blackboard and CUC email. Students are required to be enrolled in all three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer) while working on the dissertation in pursuit of the doctoral degree.
The dissertation sequence includes the following: DISS 7010, DISS 7020, and DISS 7030. These are registration placeholders to keep you enrolled as a student at CUC while you are working on your dissertation proposal/dissertation. These registration sequences count as 3 semester hours each, which means that you will continue to be eligible for financial aid. However, these are not academic courses. Think of them more as an independent study with your dissertation committee.
Once all program credit hours have been earned (including DISS 7010, DISS 7020, and DISS 7030), doctoral students must register for DISS 8000: Dissertation Supervision repeatedly until you have completed your dissertation.
No credit is given for DISS 8000. Students are billed a fee to maintain your student status and to continue working on your dissertation with your committee. Remember, all doctoral candidates must maintain continuous enrollment. The Division of Research and Doctoral Programs notifies all chairpersons of any candidates who are not registered at the start of each semester. Dissertation committee members are prohibited from working with doctoral candidates who are not registered. Additionally, if you fail to register for one of the dissertation sequences you will have a financial hold placed on your account and will be required to back-pay missed terms before re-engaging with your dissertation committee.
Q: What happens after my final dissertation defense?
You will receive a copy of your final defense ballot along with instructions for uploading your dissertation to ProQuest for publishing. Before uploading, however, you MUST make any revisions requested by your committee and submit your dissertation for professional copy editing. You will receive information on Concordia-approved copy editors along with the signed ballot after the defense.
The timing of your final defense affects when you will be eligible to graduate. Please see the deadlines below – they are the same every year. If you are unsure if you will be able to meet them, please contact your dissertation committee members, who should be able to help you determine a realistic timeline for your study.
- Submit graduation application via CUConnect by March 1 st
- Your chairperson must submit the web form to schedule your final defense by March 10 th
- Complete final defense by April 1 st
- Submit graduation application via CUConnect by June 1 st
- Your chairperson must submit the web form to schedule your final defense by July 1 st
- Complete final defense by July 15 th
- Submit graduation application via CUConnect by October 1 st
- Your chairperson must submit the web form to schedule your final defense by October 7 th
- Complete final defense by November 1 st
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When locating empirical research and peer-reviewed content for your dissertation, use the Library’s resources:
Mary DePew Resource Center for Research Writing : This self-guided resource breaks down the dissertation research and writing phases for CUC students and faculty.
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Doctoral Dissertation FAQ’s
If you’re thinking of enrolling in Concordia University Chicago’s exercise science doctoral degree program, you’ll take on the lofty goal of completing original research in exercise science and writing a dissertation to explain your findings.
As a doctoral student, the dissertation process can be one of the most intimidating aspects of obtaining your degree. What is the full scope of a dissertation? What does the process look like? When can you start working on it? Here are some of these frequently asked questions—and answers—for Concordia-Chicago’s dissertation process.
What is a dissertation?
Your dissertation is your opportunity to conduct your own independent piece of scholarly work in exercise science and show off your research skills. Your dissertation should seek to find an answer to an important question or issue in exercise science.
Dissertations average between 100 and 300 pages, and typically take two to three years of research and writing to build out a theory and then test and review it.
When do I start my dissertation?
You can officially start your dissertation once you’ve completed the following:
- You’ve passed the Comprehensive Exam.
- You’ve been admitted to your doctoral candidacy.
- Your preproposal has been approved by the Division of Research and Doctoral Programs.
- Your dissertation committee has been formed.
However, it’s a good idea to be thinking of your dissertation early on in your coursework. The earlier you begin, the sooner you can begin gathering information on your topic in exercise science and human performance and exploring what questions have yet to be answered.
What does the dissertation entail?
Your dissertation should cover five chapters:
- literature review
- conclusions, implications, and recommendations
Your first three chapters have to be written before you begin your data collection and prior to holding a dissertation proposal defense with your dissertation committee.
Students will have access to the Concordia University Chicago Proposal and Dissertation Template to assist them in laying out their dissertation.
What is a dissertation proposal?
The proposal is your first three chapters of your dissertation: your introduction, literature review and methodology. Your dissertation committee chairperson will work with you to refine the structure, review your process, and distribute your proposal to your committee members.
You will give a dissertation proposal defense when your proposal is ready, which will be a public presentation you give to your committee members. As an online student, your presentation will be conducted virtually. The presentation will last around 90 minutes, and while your entire committee must be present, you may also invite family, friends, and colleagues to your proposal.
Committee members will either approve, approve with revisions, or fail your proposal. You must have a signed ballot of approval from two of your three committee members to move forward with your dissertation. Once it is approved, you may submit your proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you have changes to make to your proposal, you’ll have to do so before submitting it to the IRB. If you fail your proposal, you’ll have to repeat your process.
When can I start my research, and how long will it take?
You can begin your research once you have approval from the IRB. You have to submit an IRB to the Concordia University IRB Office and any other district or local IRB such as the Chicago Board of Education or the New York Board of Education.
As for the length of time for your research, it varies greatly. The average time to complete your dissertation is around two years, but you technically have up to ten years to complete it, if needed.
What do I register for while completing my dissertation?
Doctoral students must be continuously enrolled in fall, spring and summer semesters at Concordia-Chicago while they complete their dissertation.
When registering for classes, you will register for DISS 7010, DISS 7020, and DISS 7030 as registration placeholders to keep you enrolled and eligible for financial aid. Once those are completed and all your program credit hours have been earned, you can enroll repeatedly in DISS 8000: Dissertation Supervision until you’ve completed your dissertation.
Interested in learning more about our doctoral program? Check out our webinar hosted by program alumna Dr. Kathleen Fritch , as she goes over everything you need to know about our Doctorate in Health and Human Performance.
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What is a thesis statement.
Your thesis statement is one of the most important parts of your paper. It expresses your main argument succinctly and explains why your argument is historically significant. Think of your thesis as a promise you make to your reader about what your paper will argue. Then, spend the rest of your paper–each body paragraph–fulfilling that promise.
Your thesis should be between one and three sentences long and is placed at the end of your introduction. Just because the thesis comes towards the beginning of your paper does not mean you can write it first and then forget about it. View your thesis as a work in progress while you write your paper. Once you are satisfied with the overall argument your paper makes, go back to your thesis and see if it captures what you have argued. If it does not, then revise it. Crafting a good thesis is one of the most challenging parts of the writing process, so do not expect to perfect it on the first few tries. Successful writers revise their thesis statements again and again.
A successful thesis statement:
- makes an historical argument
- takes a position that requires defending
- is historically specific
- is focused and precise
- answers the question, “so what?”
How to write a thesis statement:
Suppose you are taking an early American history class and your professor has distributed the following essay prompt:
“Historians have debated the American Revolution’s effect on women. Some argue that the Revolution had a positive effect because it increased women’s authority in the family. Others argue that it had a negative effect because it excluded women from politics. Still others argue that the Revolution changed very little for women, as they remained ensconced in the home. Write a paper in which you pose your own answer to the question of whether the American Revolution had a positive, negative, or limited effect on women.”
Using this prompt, we will look at both weak and strong thesis statements to see how successful thesis statements work.
While this thesis does take a position, it is problematic because it simply restates the prompt. It needs to be more specific about how the Revolution had a limited effect on women and why it mattered that women remained in the home.
Revised Thesis: The Revolution wrought little political change in the lives of women because they did not gain the right to vote or run for office. Instead, women remained firmly in the home, just as they had before the war, making their day-to-day lives look much the same.
This revision is an improvement over the first attempt because it states what standards the writer is using to measure change (the right to vote and run for office) and it shows why women remaining in the home serves as evidence of limited change (because their day-to-day lives looked the same before and after the war). However, it still relies too heavily on the information given in the prompt, simply saying that women remained in the home. It needs to make an argument about some element of the war’s limited effect on women. This thesis requires further revision.
Strong Thesis: While the Revolution presented women unprecedented opportunities to participate in protest movements and manage their family’s farms and businesses, it ultimately did not offer lasting political change, excluding women from the right to vote and serve in office.
Few would argue with the idea that war brings upheaval. Your thesis needs to be debatable: it needs to make a claim against which someone could argue. Your job throughout the paper is to provide evidence in support of your own case. Here is a revised version:
Strong Thesis: The Revolution caused particular upheaval in the lives of women. With men away at war, women took on full responsibility for running households, farms, and businesses. As a result of their increased involvement during the war, many women were reluctant to give up their new-found responsibilities after the fighting ended.
Sexism is a vague word that can mean different things in different times and places. In order to answer the question and make a compelling argument, this thesis needs to explain exactly what attitudes toward women were in early America, and how those attitudes negatively affected women in the Revolutionary period.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a negative impact on women because of the belief that women lacked the rational faculties of men. In a nation that was to be guided by reasonable republican citizens, women were imagined to have no place in politics and were thus firmly relegated to the home.
This thesis addresses too large of a topic for an undergraduate paper. The terms “social,” “political,” and “economic” are too broad and vague for the writer to analyze them thoroughly in a limited number of pages. The thesis might focus on one of those concepts, or it might narrow the emphasis to some specific features of social, political, and economic change.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution paved the way for important political changes for women. As “Republican Mothers,” women contributed to the polity by raising future citizens and nurturing virtuous husbands. Consequently, women played a far more important role in the new nation’s politics than they had under British rule.
This thesis is off to a strong start, but it needs to go one step further by telling the reader why changes in these three areas mattered. How did the lives of women improve because of developments in education, law, and economics? What were women able to do with these advantages? Obviously the rest of the paper will answer these questions, but the thesis statement needs to give some indication of why these particular changes mattered.
Strong Thesis: The Revolution had a positive impact on women because it ushered in improvements in female education, legal standing, and economic opportunity. Progress in these three areas gave women the tools they needed to carve out lives beyond the home, laying the foundation for the cohesive feminist movement that would emerge in the mid-nineteenth century.
When revising your thesis, check it against the following guidelines:
- Does my thesis make an historical argument?
- Does my thesis take a position that requires defending?
- Is my thesis historically specific?
- Is my thesis focused and precise?
- Does my thesis answer the question, “so what?”
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