Thesis/Project Report Guidelines

Required Report Writing Guidelines

If the ideal schedule was followed a student would determine their SJSU research advisor and project topic about a month before 281. In 281 they would develop and defend a very detailed research proposal report that includes an introduction to the topic, literature review, objectives/hypothesis and detailed experimental plan including methods, materials, safety and data analysis.

The scope of a Plan A thesis would then be expected to be two (2) semesters of full time work or three to four semesters of part-time work followed by about a month to write up their final thesis and defend their work.

For Plan B Project students, the scope is expected to be one semester of full time work or 2-3 semesters of part time work followed by about a month to write up their final project report and defend their work.

Some students do start their research before they take 281. But the basic guidelines still apply.

Route to Project/Thesis

  1. Classifies and in good standing (GPA ≥ 3.0)
    Candidacy (complete at least 9 of your 30 units)
    Satisfy the GWAR
  2. Find an Advisor: ~1 month before 281
  3. 281 Thesis Prep Class: Need a project idea and advisor by first day of class
    Pass Proposal Defense
  4. 298/299 Project of Thesis Research Pass Final Project Defense