Table 2

Characteristics of a poor and excellent thesis6

Poor thesisExcellent thesis
Lack of coherence.
Lack of understanding of the theory.
Lack of confidence.
Researching the wrong problem.
Mixed or confused theoretical perspectives.
Mixed or confused methodology and methods.
Research poorly conducted.
Research not original.
Unable to articulate key findings/implications of findings.
Excellent artistic endeavour.
Elegance of design, synthesis and executions of the research.
Creativity and originality evident throughout.
Well-articulated problem, question/aims.
Methodology seamless and cohesive.
Rigorous application of methods.
Well-sculpted thesis.