Chapter 3: Quantitative Master's Thesis
Section 3.3: Quantitative thesis chapters
The following is the recommended content of a quantitative research project. Note: the content may vary by discipline, advisor, and/or your committee. Also, departments may have their own requirements that supersede those given here.
There are two basic arrangements possible for a quantitative thesis. Model I is to write each chapter as sequential chapters, for example: Chapter 1 introduction, Chapter 2 materials and methods. Model II is to write the chapters so that each is a stand-alone paper containing all the elements of a complete study (introduction through discussion). The intent here is that individual chapters will be submitted to journals for publication. Both models are valid, the choice is up to the student, advisor, and committee. More detailed outlines of each model are given below.