A useful yet simple definition of a theoretical framework is provided by Borgatti (1999): “A theoretical framework” is a collection of interrelated concepts, like a theory but not necessarily so well worked-out.
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This session will cover examiner expectations of your thesis and oral examination (viva voce). Topics include:
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Most theses contain a section between the introduction and the methods section. This varies considerably from field to field but might be an extended background to the topic, a theoretical section or a literature review. In a thesis describing experimental work, for example, the theory section provides the theoretical framework to understand the phenomenon / product treated by the laboratory test or report. In a thesis describing a case study, a literature review offers an overview of significant literature published on a topic. In general, this section should:
– show the reader you have done thorough research and are “well-versed in the field”, which will add strength and credibility to the claims you make later in the thesis
-provide background information needed to understand the study