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If you are required by your Academic Supervisor to submit your thesis to a Communication Lecturer for approval, you must complete this checklist and submit it prior to submitting your thesis to a Communication Lecturer. Note that any thesis submitted without this checklist or which has not addressed the issues outlined in this checklist will be returned unread, and your graduation may be delayed.

General Information
Student Name (LAST, First):
Student Number (xxxxx-xxxx):
E-mail Address:
Title of Thesis:
Academic Supervisor's Name:
Date of Submission:
General Issues
Have you talked with your Academic Supervisor to ensure that you are using the format, organization, style, and conventions he or she prefers?
Have you found someone willing to edit your thesis for style, grammar, and punctuation if required?
Does your introduction clearly outline the problem you are trying to solve and how you are trying to do so?
Have you provided sufficient background information about your project that it can be easily understood?
Have you explained how your thesis is organized by chapter?
Is your thesis organized in a logical manner?
Does your conclusion clearly outline the accomplishments of your thesis?
Does your conclusion clearly indicate the limitations of your work or the work that still remains to be done?
Do most of your paragraphs go from general to specific information?
Are your paragraphs generally no longer than they are wide?
Sentence Style
Have you checked your thesis for common stylistic problems such as empty sentence openers (i.e., there are, it is), vague this subjects, lengthy noun strings, wordy phrases, parallel structure, inappropriate use of the passive voice, etc.?
Have you defined all acronyms the first time you use them?
Grammar and Punctuation
Have you edited your thesis for correctness of punctuation, especially commas after introductory phrases, commas before coordinating conjunctions (i.e., and, or, but, so, yet) in compound sentences, and semi-colon usage.
Have you edited your thesis for grammatical correctness and spelling (or found someone to edit it for you)?

1. Prefatory Page

Have you followed the general format for title pages that is outlined in this webpage (including the copyright notice)?
Have you followed the general format for the approval page?
Does your abstract outline the content of the thesis and summarize your findings?
Have you acknowledged your committee members and others who have helped?
Have you only listed 3 levels of headings in your table of contents?
Have you listed all the prefatory pages (except for the title page and the table of contents) in the table of contents?
Have you used dot leaders to connect headings with page numbers in the table of contents?
Are the prefatory pages numbered in lower case Roman numerals (i.e., ii, iii, iv), starting at ii for the approval page?
Have you used dot leaders to connect captions with page numbers in the list of figures and list of tables?
Have you provided a list of acronyms or list of specialized terms as the last prefatory page?
Is your list of acronyms or specialized terms in alphabetical order?


2. Thesis Body

Are you using headers and footers suitable for your thesis?
Have you started major sections or chapters on new pages?
2.1. Figures and Tables  
Are your figures and tables legible?
Have you provided captions for all figures and tables?
Is the capitalization consistent for all figure and table captions?
Are all figures and tables mentioned by number in the text before you present them?
Have you explained what the figure or table is about before presenting it?
Have you checked for orphaned figure and table captions?
2.2. Headings and Subheadings  
Are your headings and subheadings numbered?
Are your headings consistent in terms of capitalization?
Have you devised a system that clearly distinguishes between various heading levels (without using underlining)?
Have you checked for orphaned headings and subheadings?
2.3. Equations  
Have you prepared your equations using an equation editor?
Have you numbered your equations (on the right hand margin)?
Have you centered your equations?
Have you punctuated your equations?
2.4. Lists  
Have you used bullets rather than dashes?
Have you numbered lists that have a sequence or order?
Have you used hanging indents for all lists?
Are the items in your lists grammatically parallel?
Are your lists introduced by a complete sentence?
2.5. Fonts  
Have you used a different font for code listings (i.e., Courier)?
Have you used at least an 11 point font (12 point if using Times New Roman)?
2.6. Margins and Justification  
Are your margins at least 1" (1.25" on bound edge)?
Have you only left justified your text (i.e., don't right justify)?


3. References and Appendices

Does your reference list follow a standard convention (i.e., IEEE, ASME, other)?
Have you cited all materials taken from other sources (including figures) in the body of the thesis using a standard convention?
Have you included appendices for important materials that are not included in the body of the thesis?
Have you numbered your appendices A, B, C, etc. and included descriptive titles?
Select all checklist items (use it only if your thesis has met all criteria)
Note If some checklist items are not ticked, you are required to explain the situation for each of them in the following text area.
By ticking the box beside, I certify that I have checked my thesis for all the items listed in this checklist.


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