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Chapter 3: Quantitative Master's Thesis

Section 3.3: Quantitative thesis chapters

Subsection 3.3.2 Model II: Stand Alone Chapter Structure

Detailed descriptions of the elements are not needed as they are described above. This model is preferred by some faculty as a way to prepare sections of a thesis for publication. Typically this arrangement also includes formatting the thesis in accordance with the style of the targeted publication. As each chapter presents a self-contained experiment a preliminary and/or summary chapter is typically helpful in connecting the chapters together for the larger thesis framework. All other considerations are the same for this type of thesis as Model I.

Each chapter contains all elements contained in Model I including Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited, and Appendices (if present).

Example chapter organization

Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two Experiment 1
Chapter Three Experiment 2
Chapter Four Experiment 3
Chapter Five Summary

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