International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

PhD Thesis Examination Report: Horror upon Horror
Azham Md. Ali

With an almost four main sections largely untouched and the fact that the following two final sections have seen just three paragraphs and part of a sentence deleted, this paper is an almost exact version of the report issued in the written examination of a PhD thesis. Comprising of seven sections in total including the introduction, it details out in the middle four sections the four types of problems found in the concerned thesis: first, problems of writing such as the lack of clarity, nonexistent flows and careless write ups; second, research fundamentals’ problems covering topics such as the conceptual framework, hypotheses and data analyses; third, problems with the presentation for parts of the thesis such as the table of contents and the references; and, fourth, extreme problems which should have never ever been committed for one reason or another – hence, they are labeled as the totally, totally nauseating problems a.k.a. the unpardonable sins! Following the delineation of the various problems, the penultimate section raises questions after questions regarding these problems and provides a number of explanations behind the thesis’ horrendous state leading to the failing grade given to it. As for the final section, it gives out the background and context to all that is found earlier in the writing and explains what may come next in the oral examination.

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