The phrase telling you that you will have to lift your game to write a successful dissertation.
‘Scholarly method’ means that you will be expected to do more and better reading and research than for a standard undergraduate essay.
A dissertation is a subject you chose for yourself.
The first usage of the word in the English language in 1651 also gives a useful starting definition: “an extended written treatment of a subject”.
You too must be happy with the statement -- it should be what you will tell anyone if they ask you what your thesis is (few people will want to hear an hour presentation as a response).
Once you have a statement of thesis, you can begin to develop the dissertation.[I wrote this in 1993 as a letter to a student concerning a draft of his dissertation.in 2003 I edited it to remove some specific references to the student and present it as a small increment to the information available to my grad students.Here, you should clearly state the thesis and its importance.This is also where you give definitions of terms and other concepts used elsewhere.Here’s another definition that underlines some more important characteristics of a dissertation: “a substantial paper that is typically based on original research and that gives evidence of the candidate’s mastery both of her own subject and of scholarly method.” A dissertation will show that the writer knows her subject, the key facts and different points of view in it – but it also advances a point of view resulting from original research.Remember that ‘original’ does not mean ‘something that’s never been done before’ but rather ‘something that you do for yourself’.E.g., "The experiments described in [citation] explored the foo and bar conditions, but did not discuss the further problem of baz, the central point of this work." You should not make references such as this: "Curly, Moe and Larry all believed the same in their research [CML53]" because you do not know what they actually believed or thought -- you only know what the paper states. Thus, you should discuss a model that is not based on Windows, Linux, Ethernet, PCMIA, or any other specific technology.citation tied to it in this chapter, or else it must be common knowledge (don't rely on this too much). It should be generic in nature, and should capture all the details necessary to overlay the model on likely environments.Perhaps the best way to understand how an abstract should look would be to examine the abstracts of several dozen dissertations that have already been accepted. This is a good approach to see how an entire dissertation is structured and presented.MIT press has published the ACM doctoral dissertation award series for over a decade, so you may find some of those to be good examples to read -- they should be in any large technical library.