This surprisingly entertaining two-hour seminar shares all the secrets of Microsoft Word you need to tame your thesis formatting and get on with your writing. Research students will wish they had learnt this when they first started studying.
Many graduate students and even academics lack the practical skills required to create a long and complex document. Only about fifty percent of graduate students know how to use styles in Word, and far fewer know how to use them well. If you’re in this situation, this seminar will be an eye-opening and enjoyable review of the demanding task of formatting a 30,000–100,000-word thesis.
Do I need to bring anything?
As this is a presentation of Word, there’s no need to bring a computer or your thesis along. You’ll be given a handout.
On completion of the seminar participants should have learnt enough to set up a self-formatting thesis that includes:
- table of contents
- numbered figures, tables and pages
- running heads or titles
Michael McBain originally worked in scientific publishing, but subsequently went on to a career as a faculty and research manager in several Victorian universities, including the University of Melbourne. He maintains his interest in publishing, and has taught word and thesis courses for over twenty years, during which he has revamped and tamed over fifty doctoral theses. He has been loosely involved with public 'big data' projects like GovHack, Melbourne Open Data, and 'Shut Up and Hack'. He holds degrees in science, arts, information management, and spatial science.