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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Kick start writing your thesis argument in 3 hours (Natural and Physical Sciences, incl Health and Engineering) Part Two


About this workshop

Whether you have just registered, are starting out, haven't written a word yet, or are cutting a word count, students at any stage of their writing are welcome to this workshop.  This session is open to anybody in the Natural and Physical Sciences (including Health and Engineering) whose thesis requires some form of argument or hypothesis.

As the second instalment to Part I, this three-hour workshop is designed to further assist you to write your thesis argument/hypothesis statement and research question, and map it across a thesis structure.  We will loosely follow a 4-step approach and in so doing, you will acquire critical thinking skills and the academic tools to build confidence to sustain a thesis argument over a short or long thesis/dissertation.


The workshop will be hands-on and practical in application.  By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Formulate your thesis/dissertation research question;
  • Take an academic position and write an argument statement or hypothesis;
  • Develop supporting assumptions and draw some academic conclusions;
  • Structure your thesis sections and chapters.


Please do not feel that if you did not attend Workshop I that this workshop excludes you.  There will be a recap and seamless conceptual overlap between the two workshops.  I look forward to interacting and engaging with you in a purposeful way!!


About the presenter

More than 12 years’ experience as a quantitative scientific researcher; supervised and graduated more than 30 postgraduate students; published more than 40 publications; internal and external reviewer of theses; invited presenter at national and international conferences



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Having initiated the process in Workshop I, we refine your argument and so, you are further invited to bring your ideas, proposals, provisional research questions and any thesis research concepts you would like to explore.

Level of participation at the workshop

This workshop expects participants to be fully verbally and practically engaged and participatory.  Group and interactive plenary discussions will be embedded throughout the workshop.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.


Tuesday, August 16, 2022
10:00am - 1:00pm
Prof. Lester Davids
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 79 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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