You began with your interest. You found the questions that needed answers in the area of your interest. You planned a proposal and convinced the candidature confirmation committee that you have a worthy goal and plan to solve it. You did work and found answers. You developed your thesis document. It is now for the independent assessors to say that they find your work adding to the state of our understanding.
Sadly, good work is often not enough. You must present it in way that projects your achievements clearly and lucidly.
Make sure that your friends and colleagues in the school are convinced that your work is good. If you have been reluctant to show them your work, then you have concern. Present to them as often as you can. Get their views and feedback. Make sure you can answer all their concerns and criticisms.
Write papers and publish widely before the thesis is ready! A bigger set of publications would impress the examiners more. No examiners can say that a well-published work is not meeting degree requirements.
But it is not just the examiners. The more you publish, more were you able to organise your views and accomplishments into forms acceptable to multiple communities. In turn, your thesis document is likely to appeal to larger section of researchers - your examiners will be from that population.
Organise your presentation around the theoretical and sound fundamentals of your area. Well-rooted presentations have better appeal and perspective amongst serious researchers.
A typical research candidate progresses through the following four stages of interaction with the School of Computing and Information Systems.
This document describes the School of Computing and Information Systems procedures related to the first stage. Procedures for other stages are listed in separate documents as they involve specific provisions that requires more intimate knowledge of the school and its environ.
Authorised by the Head of School, Computing & Information Systems
19 April, 2012