Thesis Discussion

(Updated on June 20, 2018 by Michelle Williams)


A thesis discussion can mean different things, depending on the context of the course and the thesis itself.  In most cases, a thesis discussion is one of two things: a section within a thesis or a discussion of a thesis amongst classmates or panel members.  There are, of course, other definitions of thesis discussions, such as a casual discussion a thesis.

When a thesis discussion is used as part of the final document, it is usually a "section" or "chapter."  Thesis reports should be written in a fairly standard format.  That format may, of course, change depending on the professor's guidelines and on the level of academic study that the student is pursuing.  However, a thesis discussion section is a fairly standard expectation.

In the event that thesis discussions need to be included as sections, they should usually appear after the body and just before the conclusion.  The thesis discussion is the section wherein the learner will discuss variables and methods that he/she used in order to research the thesis.  For example, the student may state that a particular method could have been faulty in the discussion section of the thesis and the student could provide alternative methods.

Thesis DiscussionThe thesis discussion leads into a conclusion, which is where the learner will pull together ideas that he/she expressed into one cohesive, conclusive statement(s).  The student may use information that he/she mentioned in the discussion when he/she wishes to prove a point in the conclusion.

Another way that students may be required to have thesis discussions is during a classroom or group discussion situation.  In such a scenario, the student may be required to present his/her thesis and open up the floor for a discussion.  Other students can then provide their input.

If a thesis is completed as part of a graduate school program, the learner will often have to have a thesis discussion with professors and panelists in order to defend the thesis.  Such thesis discussions will require that the student has in-depth knowledge of the subject about which he/she has written the thesis.

A thesis discussion is different from a conclusion, when the discussion is used as part of the hypothesis writing.  The thesis discussion section should include information about the student's opinions, including variables that may influence the thesis or research.  However, the thesis conclusion is the section in which a student provides his/her own analysis of the research and may also incorporate topics used in the discussion.

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